In a world where more and more people are coming to know the benefits of natural medicine, homeopathy is one of the most respected and popular therapies.
Since Homeopathy was developed nearly 200 years ago it has benefited millions of people, young and old, in countries all over the world.
NATURAL AND SAFE
Homeopathy is a completely safe system of medicine. There can be only one of two responses to a remedy; it will either be of benefit, or it will do nothing at all. There are no side effects or drug dependencies possible with such a natural and gentle system of treatment. If someone doesn't respond to the first prescription then other remedies will be tried until one is found that works. The only 'side effects', if they can be called that is that people often improve in many other ways as well as the problem they came for.
THE WHOLE PERSON
Good Homeopathy will not only deal with the symptoms, but will also go to the root of the problem and treat the cause. Once the cause has been resolved then there is a true cure and there is no need to remain on medication indefinitely.
In order to be able to give healing to this depth many aspects of the patient's life are taken into consideration when selecting a course of treatment. Not only is the physical diagnosis looked at, but also how it affects the individual and, amongst other things, the effects of weather, food, pollution, past treatments, stress, traumas, and emotional pressures. So physical, emotional and mental problems are not treated in isolation but are all seen to form aspects of the whole person.
THE SCOPE OF HOMEOPATHY
With it's holistic approach homeopathy can often help people even with diseases generally considered to be incurable by conventional medicine.
Asthma, skin complaints, migraines, hay fever, stress, M.E., depression, and digestive problems are just a few of the more common-place illnesses which patients come to the clinic suffering from. Poor health can also be effectively treated while it is still at the stage of 'I know there is something wrong but no-one can find out what it is', before it becomes a severe pathology, and there is much scope for Homoeopathy as a preventative medicine..
For a very comprehensive explanation by a practising doctor on why he chooses to use homeopathy rather than conventional drugs to heal patients read A Practicing Physician's Perspective
OR FOR MORE INFORMATION READ MY BOOK "A SIMPLE GUIDE TO USING HOMOEOPATHY"
A Typical Session
Many first-time patients are very pleasantly surprised at the depth of the initial consultation. Typically this will last for between an hour and an hour-and-a-half.
Some patients have never before experienced this degree of attentiveness. This in itself can be a very powerful start to the healing process.
One patient commented during her second visit:
‘I felt totally unburdened as I walked down the street after the first consultation.’ That was before she had received any treatment!
Your homeopath is there to support you mentally, emotionally and physically in your journey to health.
In theory, all she/he has to do is spend an hour or so chatting to you, to find out your particular symptoms, and then find the remedy or remedies that match those symptoms. However people are often very unused to talking openly about their physical problems, let alone mental or emotional issues.
A visit to the homeopath represents a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which to talk about you. This in itself is such a release, that for many people, it is a very powerful stage in the healing process, even before any remedies are taken!
Before your first appointment, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire giving details of your own medical history, and that of your family. This is so that your homeopath can see how other health issues may have contributed to your current problems, and what patterns of susceptibility to particular illnesses (miasms) you have inherited from your parents, grandparents etc.
You are also likely to be asked about medication that you are taking, as well as any supplements. The questionnaire will also ask you for brief details of the health issue or issues which you want to consult the homeopath about.
One of the things, which often surprises people on their first visit to a homeopath, is the amount of detail they require. This applies not only to your main complaint, but also to your lifestyle, bodily functions, food likes and dislikes, fears and phobias. You may also be asked about your preferences with regard to the weather and your location (e.g. in fresh mountain air or by the sea).
All of this information can be helpful in the process of finding the best remedies for you as an individual. The more open, honest and frank that you can be from the start, then the more quickly and thoroughly your homeopath is likely to be able to help you.
For many of us this is a new experience.
In attempting to describe our symptoms accurately we are often hearing, and starting to understand consciously for the first time, exactly what our body is trying to tell us. This could be seen as the second step towards healing.
In order to answer the homeopath’s questions, we need to consider what makes us feel better or worse. When do we feel better or worse? Exactly how do we feel when we are upset? What sort of pain are we experiencing? Is it cutting, aching, throbbing, stabbing, burning etc.? What was happening in our life in the weeks, months or even the years before we became ill, which could have triggered our current condition? Often we know this at a subconscious level, but sometimes it is only when speaking out loud, that we acknowledge it and recognise our need to change.
Step three is when we commit to the changes necessary to restore balance and health to our lives. The remedies are carefully selected to instigate or assist and support this healing process.
You will need to return for a follow-up visit to monitor your progress, and in order to decide if further remedies are required. Follow-up visits are shorter than the first one, usually lasting up to half an hour.
How soon you return to see your homeopath, will depend on the following factors, the nature of your illness, the method of homeopathy used, and what you feel to be appropriate. It could be as little as a week (less for very severe or acute complaints) or as long couple of months or more. My own preference is to see patients fairly soon after their first experience of homeopathic remedies, in order to assess how well they are responding, and to answer any questions that may have arisen during the healing process.
Your homeopath has training and experience in the variety of ways in which individuals can respond to treatment, as well as the effects each of the different remedies has.
If you have any questions, or there are changes in your condition that give rise to concern, it is important to discuss these with your homeopath in the first instance, rather than someone untrained in the science and art of homeopathy. Someone with no knowledge of the effect of homeopathic remedies on an individual, would be likely to misinterpret the signs. This could lead to incorrect diagnosis and inappropriate treatment as well unnecessary anxiety for the patient.
However, if you are unable to contact your homeopath immediately and you feel that the problem is urgent, then you should discuss it with a qualified medical practitioner without delay.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO HAPPEN
You can expect the healing process to begin. This does not always mean the symptoms will stop immediately. Remember that symptoms are the body’s attempt to heal itself.
Sometimes, in supporting the healing process, the remedy will promote appropriate symptoms. For example, a discharge may temporarily become more profuse as the remedy helps the body to throw out mucus or other fluids in order to resolve the problem. This is why people often ask ‘will I get worse before I get better?’ There is no absolute answer to this question, other than to say that a temporary increase in the intensity of symptoms may occur before an improvement follows.
Everyone is different, and therefore everyone can expect to react slightly differently even to the same homeopathic remedy.
Usually, if a remedy is not able to bring about a healing response, then it will do nothing at all and a new remedy will be selected.
When the appropriate remedy is given then healing occurs from the inside and out, and moves from important organs to less important organs.
For example, a child with asthma, who had previously suffered from eczema, would experience an improvement in the asthma although the eczema may return before the patient is finally healed. Remember, healing occurs in reverse order to which symptoms originally appeared (direction of cure).
The return of old symptoms is a very good sign that healing is taking place. For this reason it is important that your homeopath monitors your treatment and prescribes any new remedies that are required to continue the direction of cure.
If allopathic (orthodox) treatment is sought for symptoms occurring during this process, then healing is likely to be halted, and the suppression of symptoms may reverse the direction of cure, driving the disease deeper once again.
If you have any doubts as to whether your reaction to a particular remedy is part of your healing process, then contact your homeopath who will be able to reassure you, or vary your treatment appropriately.
Homeopathy is much more than an instant cure. Rather it is a system of medicine that, over a period of time, will support you in your attempt to become and stay as healthy as you possibly can.