- Homeopathy is a holistic system of healing recognised by the World Health Organisation as a valid form of health care. It focuses on the patient as an individual, concentrating on treating the patients’ specific physical and emotional symptoms to offer long lasting benefits. Homeopathy is used to treat conditions from acute fevers and colds to chronic illnesses such as arthritis, eczema, asthma, anxiety and insomnia.
The scientific and philosophical foundations of modern homeopathy were developed in the 1790s by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann, with homeopathy named after the Greek for ‘similar suffering’. The principle behind the treatment is that a substance that induces certain negative symptoms can also help to remove those symptoms e.g. sufferers of insomnia may be given a minute dose of a substance such as coffee.
What happens when you see a homeopath?
The initial consultation with our homeopath may last an hour or more. The homeopath will listen to your individual symptoms whether physical or mental, looking to gain a detailed understanding of your medical history, personality and lifestyle. The homeopath will then recommend a natural remedy which best fits your symptoms containing a minute, highly diluted amount of an active ingredient.
The remedy will be provided in a specially prepared form with dosage instructions, usually in the form of tablets, although you may be given a liquid remedy. Either way, the remedy has negligible side-effects and can be taken alone or in conjunction with additional, more modern forms of treatment if necessary.
Homeopathy is believed to stimulate the body’s own natural healing power, helping the patient to clear any internal imbalance. While some patients experience immediate positive changes to their wellbeing, others’ symptoms may temporarily get worse or recur. This is often seen as a sign that the remedy is taking effect, although it is important to note any drastic changes.
Treatment can last as long as the patient and homeopath deem fit. During this time the practitioner may suggest other changes to aid treatment such as a good diet, and will recommend that you maintain your relationship with your GP so the two health care systems can compliment one another. You can discuss with the practitioner to discontinue the treatment if necessary.