Homeopathy is a form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions.
It was established by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843)
It is integrated in the National Health Service in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
It is a popular in India, Russia and Latin America and is taught at universities all over the world.
Principles of Homeopathy
The Law of Similars
The cure for a particular disease is achieved through the use of substances that, when administered to a healthy person, produce the similar symptoms as those of the disease. The medicines used are given in small doses and made in a particular way. The original substance is diluted to reduce side effects and to cause no harm and it is potentised to enhance the healing effect of its original substance.
For example, when slicing onion most people develop watery eyes and a runny nose. If these symptoms occur during an episode of hay fever, a dose of Allium cepa, the homeopathic preparation of red onion, will relieve them. What the onion can produce in the healthy, it will treat in the unwell.
Sometimes the law of similar can be seen in conventional medical use. For example, Dextroamphetamine and Methylphenidate (or Ritalin) are both stimulants of the central nervous system but both are the main treatments for hyperactivity disorders.
This principle was formulated by Hahnemann with the Latin slogan ‘simila similibus curentur’. Similars are cured with similars. Hahnemann believed this to be one of the fundamental laws of cure. The idea had first been mentioned by Hippocrates, then by Paracelsus, and later by others.
‘The minimum dose’ principle
The medicines used are given in small doses and made in a particular way. The original substance is diluted to reduce side effects and to cause no harm and it is potentised to enhance the healing effect of its original substance. Only enough is administered to initiate the healing process.
- Homoeopathic remedies are made from naturally occurring substances, mainly from the plant (e.g. Arnica Montana), animal (Sepia –ink of cuttlefish) and mineral (e.g. Phosphorus) kingdoms.
- They are prepared by systematic dilution and succession (vigorous shaking).
- The more a remedy is diluted and succussed, the higher its potency.
- They are safe to use as they rarely cause side-effects.
- This means when used under appropriate guidance they can be taken by people of all ages, including babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
How to take Homeopathic Medicines
- Homoeopathic remedies can be prescribed as powders, granules, pills, tablets, drops.
- Remedies are absorbed through the lining of the mouth. There should not be a strong taste in the mouth when a remedy is taken. Therefore, remedies should be taken at least 10-20 minutes away from eating, drinking, smoking or cleaning teeth.
- Pills and tablets are just dissolved slowly in the mouth. For smaller children or babies granules or pills can be crushed with a spoon and possibly dissolved in a drop of water.
- Do not touch the pills, as they can be antidoted by something you’ve touched earlier. First, pour them into the cap and from the cap into your mouth and under your tongue.
- Drops should be held in the mouth for 10 seconds before swallowing to ensure absorption.
- Homoeopathic medicines should be stored in a dry, cool place away from sunlight, electric appliances or strong smelling substances.
- High intake of coffee and exposure to very strong essential oils, such as Camphora or Eucalyptus, might interfere with the action of homoeopathic remedies. Therefore, moderate or only little coffee consumption and no exposure to Camphora or Eucalyptus are advisable during homoeopathic treatment.
- In an acute case, such as an injury, take the remedy immediately no matter when you have eaten.
According to Hering’s homeopathic “law of cure,” in the course of homeopathic treatment, the symptoms improve from the inside outward, from above downwards, from the most vital to the less vital organs, and in the reverse order of their original onset of appearance.
You may notice that the energy levels and the general emotional state improve before physical symptoms.
It is common during homeopathic treatment for the earlier suppressed symptoms to reappear briefly.
The chronic longstanding symptoms take longer to cure than recent and acute illnesses.
When to Stop or Change the remedy
While the remedy is acting on your symptoms and you are experiencing a change in symptoms, do not repeat the dose.
You should wait until the remedy has stopped acting (e.g. when you experience the dip) before repeating a dose.
If your symptoms disappear, do not repeat the remedy.
If the symptoms change, you may need a different remedy. Therefore, it is very important to be aware of what is going on in your body.
Please note down all the changes on the physical, mental and emotional levels and bring the notes to your follow up consultation.
The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the choice of the remedy and management of the disease.
The consultation will be similar to one with a conventional doctor in some ways but I will ask you about other aspects of your life that usually are not covered in a conventional consultation, such as your diet, sleep and relaxation patterns, your personality traits, your work and relationships.
This will allow us to identify areas of you life that are out of balance and make a management plan together of how to address them and bring change.
Patients often seek help for following problems and diseases
Injuries & Accidents
- Sports related injuries
- Nose bleeds
- Viral illnesses
- Ear aches
- Sore throats
- Recurrent migraines
- Recurrent attacks of herpes
- Recurrent infections like upper respiratory tract infections or urinary tract infections
- Skin problems, including eczema, acne, rosacea
- Digestive problems, including bloating, constipation, IBS, indigestion, inflammatory bowel disease
- Breathing problems, including asthma
- Allergies, including hay fever, hypersensitivities
- Hormonal complaints: Period-related complaints, infertility, menopausal symptoms
- Stress related symptoms, anxiety, mild depression, sleep disorders
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal symptoms
- Fatigue and exhaustion
Sudden Problems from
- Food Poisoning & Dysentery
- Travel, Motion & Altitude Sickness
In conditions where we do not have any treatments in conventional medicine, homoeopathic remedies may be used alone. However, often they are used in conjunction with conventional medicines. Sometimes patients seek out homoeopathic approach in order to see if it might reduce their conventional medication use.
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