Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine that supports the person's health by giving special treatments that are tailormade for the person, and that provide deep attention to the body and mind to help manage illness and to maximise good 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.
Homeopathic remedies treat you as a whole person, rather than just treating your symptoms.
You can regard each dose as a trigger to stimulate your system, and your body and mind respond after this, using your own innate healing processes. In this way, homeopathic remedies can be thought of as a trigger for your body to improve its health.
In my practice, I often use high potency remedies, and these are often given as a single dose at the consultation, or as a split dose over the next few days. These single doses are the main part of your treatment.
The dose given at the time of your consultation is usually in the form of drops on your tongue. Sometimes you will be given single doses to take away. These single doses are dispensed in vials containing 2 tablets, which may be sticky from having been medicated. Suck both the tablets on the date written on the label. If they don't dissolve, chew and swallow them.
It is usually best to have more than one dose at the start of your treatment, in order to treat all the layers of your illness. The average number of doses for sustained treatment is 3-6, although you may get better faster or more slowly.
You are asked to come for a follow up appointment 2 weeks after your first consultation, then 3 weekly until you are well, or until your improvement plateaus off, and then for a 6 week check.
By doing this you will ensure that you have the best response to your homeopathic treatment.
In a few cases after a homeopathic dose people will experience an initial aggravation of symptoms. If this happens it usually occurs within the first few days, and passes quickly.
If you think this may be happening please ring me, so that I know it is occurring, and can see you and help you through this.
You are asked not to eat, drink or smoke for half an hour before and after the single doses. It is fine to drink water.
Aspirin and coffee may antidote homeopathic remedies. But if you are taking prescribed aspirin, please continue with it, and let me know. It would be good to avoid coffee, including decaffeinated coffee, for as long as possible after a dose.