What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, effective, holistic system of medicine which has been used for over 200 years. It was developed by a German Doctor named Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, and is being used all over the world.
Homeopathy stimulates the body's natural healing ability to heal itself, taking into account all of the symptoms expressed by the individual. It looks at physical symptoms as well as mental and emotional, looking at the individuality of the person and then matching a remedy that best fits that symptom picture.
How does Homeopathy work?
Homeopathy works on the principle of the "Law of Similars". This principle has been part of medical practice since the time of the Greeks but homeopathy as we know it today was first formulated by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician in the eighteenth century. The law states "that which makes sick shall heal". In other words; a substance which causes particular symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in an ill person.
An example of this can be illustrated by the physical symptoms caused by peeling layers of an onion. The symptoms can include an acrid runny nose, stinging eyes, streaming eyes, and a particular soreness in the throat. "Allium-Cepa", the name of the homeopathic remedy that is made from an Onion, is one of the remedies used for the treatment of Hay Fever when these are the presenting symptoms.
What are Homeopathic Remedies?
Homeopathic remedies are derived from a variety of natural materials including plants, metals and animal products, and undergo a process known as "potentisation". This process creates highly diluted doses which contain a strong therapeutic action with no actual material quantities of the substance remaining.
Remedies can come in various forms including Liquid, Powders, Hard pills, and soft pills for Babies and Children.
Homeopathic remedies are safe, non toxic, non-addictive and have no side-effects. They are very safe for all ages of people including Pregnant Women, Babies, Teenagers and the Elderly.
Taking Homeopathic Remedies
It is thought that Homeopathic remedies can sometimes be antidoted by certain substances. To avoid this, it is advised that the patient avoids putting anything else in their mouth for at least 15 minutes before and after taking a Homeopathic remedy. The most common causes of potential antidoting are strong odors, heat and exposure to Sunlight. Below are a few to note:
So it is advised that the brushing of teeth is avoided for the same duration of time too.
Homeopathic remedies should be stored in a cool, dark place and away from strong smells and sunlight.
Handling medicines can also inactivate them so I advise that if you are taking remedies in pill form, it is best to tip the required amount of pills into the lid of their container and drop onto the tongue.
What conditions can be helped by using Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is very effective in treating many different illnesses from Acute conditions to Chronic ones. Some of the most common and proven conditions that have been helped by Homeopathy are:
•Allergies & Hayfever
•Anxiety, Grief, Depression
•Babies, Pregnancy & Childbirth
•Coughs & Colds
•First Aid & Trauma
•Headaches & Migraines
•Male & Female problems
•Operations & Injuries (improved recovery)
Homeopathy is also very good in helping deal with problems as a result of shock or trauma, or even when a person doesn't quite feel like themselves. No matter what the condition, or the symptoms that are being experienced by an individual, Homeopathy will treat that individual no matter how peculiar to them or to Medical explanation.
Can I stop taking my prescribed medicine from my GP when I start using homeopathic medicine?
It is not advised that anyone stops taking any medication prescribed by their GP until recommended to do so by both their Homeopath and GP.
What is a Typical Session?
An initial appointment will last for approximately 90minutes. During this session, I will ask many questions relating to your present condition and also questions relating to other aspects of your life. A detailed case history on your past medical history along with a family history will be very valuable in your treatment as is your current lifestyle. All of the information gathered will enable me to see you as an individual and plan a treatment according to your individual needs.
The first session is mainly for me to understand your individual needs and is the basis of a building relationship between the client and the Homeopath.
Follow-up sessions are generally 3-6 weeks apart and last around 45minutes. During this session we will be able to assess your response to the initial remedy and it will be a time for the patient to provide their important feedback on how they felt or are feeling since the remedy was taken. We will then be able to set a realistic length of time that may be required to sustain normality or good health in you the individual.
How many Appointments will I need?
The amount of appointments that you may need is completely individual. The duration of treatment depends on the nature of your complaint as well as how long the complaint has been present. Generally the longer that you have had a condition the longer it will take to bring about relief. Factors like your energy levels, lifestyle etc can all contribute to the healing response so it is very much individual.
Are remedies included in the consultation fee?
All Homeopathic remedies are included in the consultation fee. Any other treatments or advice like Herbal Tinctures or food Supplements will be charged separately.
Who can benefit from Homeopathy?
Anyone from Babies up to the elderly can benefit from homeopathy. Homeopathy is fantastic with helping babies through all their stages of life, as well as helping pregnant women. It doesn't matter how strong or weak that you may be feeling, Homeopathy can help in many aspects of a person's life. Whether you need advise on lifestyle or just a "good old boost" homeopathy is wonderful.
Will I be charged if I Cancel my appointment?
Appointments that are missed, forgotten or cancelled without 24 hours notice being given, a fee of £20 will be charged.