Medical Council of New Zealand: Statement on CAM 2011
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CAM is an umbrella term used to describe a range of health systems, modalities and practices that may have little in common other than that they are practices alongside or as an alternative to mainstream medicine. There can be great variation in the nature and degree of training required to become competent in the practice of individual CAM forms. There may however be similarities in philosophy and approach – for example, the need to take a holistic approach to health care, including the interaction between physical, spiritual, social and psychological aspects. CAM may also involve practitioners working and supporting a person to determine what they themselves can do to maintain or improve their health, reduce the likelihood of illness or disease, or maximize the effectiveness of treatments or other forms of relief.
Homeopathy is a safe and effective method of treatment that differs from conventional medicine in its approach to the patient and to the concept of ill health.
Homeopathy encourages the body's natural healing responses to an illness. It works on the principle that an illness can be treated with a medicine that produces similar symptoms in a healthy person, in other words, treating like with like. For example Allium cepa, a homeopathic remedy prepared from onion, would case watery eyes in a healthy person. In homeopathy this remedy could be used to treat people with hay fever experiencing these symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies are prepared in a special way from animal, plant and mineral sources. There are very few harmful side effects and homeopathy is safe to use for children, frail and older people, and pregnant women, under the supervision of an appropriately qualified and regulated practitioner.
Homeopathy has been shown to be particularly effective in the management of chronic conditions such as eczema, arthritis, pre-menstrual syndrome and other conditions that do not tend to respond well to conventional treatments.
Homeopathic treatment can often be used alongside conventional treatments for the benefit of patients. For example, homeopathic remedies can be used to help patients with cancer cope with the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
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Flower Essences are liquid plant preparations which carry an imprint of specific flowers. They are prepared by a special technique developed in the 1920s by Dr Edward Bach.
Flower Essences do not directly treat disease, but help to stabilise emotional and mental stresses. The essences are designed to help transform emotions, attitudes and patterns of behaviours which hinder the person's full development or potential. They are used to help restore emotional and psychological equilibrium to individuals during periods of stress.
Rescue Remedy is a combination of five Bach flower remedies, which is used to address fear, panic, severe mental stress and tension. It is beneficial for all psychological and physical stresses.
Other flower essences Wendy Rose uses include the Australian Bush Essences, Flower Essences Services Essences, Alaskan Environmental Essences, Himalayan Flower Enhancers, Glastonbury Essences, and Mr Shasta Flower and Spirit Essences.
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Homeobotanical remedies are classical herbal blends which have been potentised homeopathically to enhance their medicinal power. The system of Homeobotanicals comprises of 30 herbal blends covering a wide range of health conditions. Emotional factors such as stress, depression and anxiety, may also be relieved using Homeobotanical remedies. These gentle acting preparations are based on pure herbs and do not have side effects.
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Homeobotanicals and Flower Essences are for you to take away and use every day.
The usual dose of Homeobotanicals is 3 drops 3 times a day, into your mouth. This dose is stated on the labels for the Homeobotanicals.
The usual dose of Flower Essences is 4 drops 4 times a day. However, it is fine to take them 3 drops 3 times daily, along with your Homeobotanicals. For this reason the labels on our Flower Essences state 3 drops 3 times a day.
You should take the Homeobotanicals and Flower Essences away from food or drink for at least 5 minutes, and you should not have any taste of food beverages or toothpaste in your mouth when you take them. It is best if you do not eat or drink for at least 5 minutes after taking these drops.