Frequently Asked Questions
- What is homeopathy?
- How does homeopathy work?
- What conditions can it help with?
- How do you make the remedies?
- Are homeopathic remedies safe?
- How many sessions will I have to have?
- What will happen during the consultation?
- How do I take & store my remedies?
- What will happen once treatment starts?
- Is it problem that I’m already taking medicines from my GP?
What is homeopathy?
A Holistic ApproachHomeopathy is a natural alternative to conventional medicine, using carefully selected remedies to stimulate the body’s own natural forces of recovery. It recognises that ill health is the body’s response to mental, emotional or physical disharmony, and seeks to treat the underlying cause of any imbalance by considering the whole person rather than just the symptoms of the illness.
Establishing good health involves treating both the mind and the body. When you see me as a homeopath, I will take time to listen to how you feel physically and emotionally, prescribing homeopathic remedies which most closelymatch your individual symptom picture as you experience it- taking into account you as a person, and your individual characteristics.
Why choose homeopathy?
Individualised treatment plans – treatment specific to you
Works with your body’s own natural healing mechanismEffective for physical, mental and emotional problemsSafe, gentle and non-toxic – suitable even for pregnant and sensitive patientsNon-addictive and no unwanted side effectsNot tested on animalsSustainable – not derived from synthetic chemicals or petrochemicals
How does Homeopathy Work?
A long tradition of healthcare
The basic principles of homeopathy can be traced back to Hippocrates in ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago. Homeopathy as it is practiced today was developed 200 years ago by Samuel Hahnemann, a doctor who devised the scientific and philosophical foundations of this gentler way of healing and developed homeopathy as a comprehensive system of medicine.‘Like cures like’You may have heard homeopathy described as the principle of ‘like cures like’. Indeed, there are two ways of treating illness: the way of opposites, and the way of similars.
Take for example a case of insomnia. Conventional medicine or drug therapy uses the way of opposites by prescribing a drug to bring on artificial sleep. This often involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs which can sometimes cause side effects or addiction.
Homeopathy – the way of similars – has the central philosophy that a substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in a sick person. So in the example of insomnia, by giving the patient a specially prepared minute dose of a substance, such as coffee, they will be able to sleep naturally.What conditions can it help with?ConditionsHomeopathy treats the whole person; physically, mentally and emotionally. Many millions of people worldwide use this fantastic holistic form of healing, indeed in many places in the world it is the only form of treatment.
Please contact me with details of your condition to see if Homeopathy can help you.
No specific diagnosis
Many people have also found homeopathy has helped them when they simply ‘don’t feel well’ and there is no specific diagnosis for their complaint. Because homeopathy treats you as an individual rather than a disease label, it works with your unique sensations and characteristics to bring relief. Serious and terminal illness.
Homeopathy can also be used as a support to ongoing specialist or palliative care in severe illnesses such as cancer or HIV and AIDS, where it can help with some of the often distressing associated symptoms, and provides much-needed emotional support for patients and their families.How Do You Make The Remedies?Homeopathic remedies come in easy-to-take tablet or liquid form, and are drawn from the plant, mineral and animal worlds.
As a unique, potentised medicine, they avoid unwanted side effects, making them safe to use even in situations where conventional drugs would be dangerous or inadvisable (for example during pregnancy).
Healing begins from within your own body, strengthening your general health and immune system, and giving you an increased sense of energy and wellbeing.
Are Homeopathic Remedies Safe?
Homeopathic remedies are potentised – made from highly dilute forms of naturally occurring substances – which makes them very gentle. They work at the same energetic level as your body’s own natural healing mechanism, gently boosting your own natural energy. This means that they are very safe, even for pregnant or sensitive patients. There is no danger of addiction, toxicity or side effects.
How many sessions will I have to come for?
This depends very much on what sort of illness you have, how long you have had it, and what your individual characteristics are (each case is different, and no two patients are alike). I will gauge your initial response to remedies and discuss a likely treatment plan with you.
Even long-term or very severe complaints can sometimes respond very quickly to homeopathic treatment. Sometimes, a return to health can take a little longer. If you think of the development of your symptoms as a build up of layers – it can sometimes be a question of peeling back each layer of ill health to rediscover your previous levels of vitality underneath.
As a rule of thumb, it is usually recommended that patients come for a minimum of 3-4 sessions in order to track improvements month by month and to promote more lasting benefits.What will happen during the consultation?In order to find exactly the right remedies for you, I will need to know a lot about you. I am trying to build up a detailed picture of who you are as an individual in order to target treatment at your specific symptoms, experiences and susceptibilities – you may have heard this called your ‘constitutional picture’.
As a result, I will ask a wide range of questions about your symptoms and how you experience them. In addition, I will also need to know about your general health, your particular likes and dislikes, your general personality, and how you react to different environments.
I will also have questions about your medical history and your family’s medical history, so any information you can gather before your first appointment will be very helpful.
How do I take and store my remedies?
Your remedies will usually come in the form of a tablet or tablets, which you simply allow to dissolve under your tongue. Sometimes, you may also be given remedies in liquid form with instructions on how to take them.
When taking your remedies, try to handle them as little as possible, and do not take them when you have strong tastes in your mouth. It is best to wait 10-15 minutes after having anything in your mouth (food, toothpaste or anything strong tasting) before taking a remedy. Also, leave about 10 minutes after taking the remedy before eating or drinking again.
As far as possible, store all homeopathic remedies and essences in ‘neutral’ conditions away from bright light, strong smells, extremes of temperature, electrical equipment (e.g. fridges, televisions, music systems, microwaves etc.) and mobile phones.
What will happen once treatment starts?
You should start to feel an increased sense of wellbeing quite soon after commencing homeopathic treatment. If you have had your symptoms for a long time, it can take longer to see an improvement, but you will usually still experience a sense of feeling better in yourself before you begin to see more physical changes. It can often be helpful to keep a note of any changes that occur, and to report them at your next appointment.
There are no toxic side effects to homeopathic medicines. However, it is sometimes possible to experience an intensification of symptoms, usually in the early stages of treatment. If this or anything else different from ‘normal’ occurs, such a response should only last for a short time and is usually followed by a marked improvement. These symptoms will pass, and must not be treated, as they are an important part of the healing process.Is it a problem that I am already taking conventional medicines from my GP?Homeopathy is quite safe to use alongside your existing medication and will not interfere with it in any way.
Please let me know about any medicine or supplement that has been prescribed for you by your doctor or that you take regularly.
If you are taking a homeopathic remedy and feel that you need to take additional medication, please call me to discuss how this might affect your homeopathic treatment.
If you are receiving ongoing treatment from your GP, it is important that you maintain your relationship with them. They will be able to arrange any tests you may need, and if you are working to reduce the levels of drugs that you take, they will need to monitor your progress and adjust you dosage as appropriate.
Homeopathy has a different philosophy from conventional medicine, but by working with your GP in this way, the two systems of healthcare can provide a complementary service.