Explaining Homeopathy and consultation

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a scientific and natural system of medical treatment which assists the tendency of  the body to heal itself. Symptoms are merely an outward expression of disharmony within the whole person. Homeopathy recognises that it is the whole person as an individual that needs treating, not just the symptoms or the disease. 
Hippocrates stated that there are two ways of treating illness, the way of the opposite, where symptoms are treated in an "anti" way, i.e. antibiotics, etc., or in the way of similars, i.e. where like cures like.


How does it work ?

Homeopathy is a holistic approach which aims to promote general health by reinforcing the body's own natural healing abilities. To stimulate the body into doing so, it treats like with like. It uses minute doses of natural substances from plant, mineral and animal sources. Homeopathy means literally "similar to suffering" i.e. a substance that in large doses produces certain symptoms can in small doses cure those same symptoms. For example coffee, which can cause sleeplessness, may therefore be considered to cure insomnia.
Homeopathy is a system of healing that recognises each person's individuality. We are all unique and have our own strengths and weaknesses, so if for example several people suffer from the same cold they may produce similar symptoms, but they all react to it in their own individual way. In order to establish this individuality the whole person has to be taken into account. In a homeopathic practice this means an in-depth first consultation that requires looking at the whole personality, their likes and dislikes, medical history etc. A well-chosen remedy does not suppress the symptoms or the disease, but will assist the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. Because the whole person is taken into consideration, it often happens that a child, for example, suffering from eczema, if cured homoeopathically, may also improve his/her general health or behaviour.


What can be treated?

I am often asked if Homeopathy can treat certain conditions. As I've explained above, Homeopathy doesn't treat symptoms and diseases, but the individual person (with a disease). It is therefore a question that cannot be answered. All people can be treated by Homeopathy which doesn't mean all people can be cured. Wherever we go with our ailments, there will never be a guarantee of total cure.
Having said that, in reality there are conditions that are seen more often in a homeopathic practice. These include eczema, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, depression, general malaise and fatigue, low immune system, recurring ear and nose and throat infections, asthma, digestive problems, injuries, mental and emotional problems and many more


The Consultation

A homeopathic consultation may feel a bit like a friendly chat. You will be given the time to tell your own story and then asked questions, some of which seemingly unrelated to your complaint. Rest assured that it all makes sense to your Homeopath and is a vital part of creating an unique picture to be matched to a remedy.

Please allow up to 2 Hours for your first consultation (1 hour for children) and up to one hour (30 minutes for children) for follow up appointments.

Your remedy may not be given to you right away. Further consideration and evaluation of the case is often required before prescribing one of a multitude of remedies available. You should normally be able to collect the remedy or have it posted to you within a day or two.


How long will treatment take?

A second appointment will usually be set for one month fowllowing the initial interview. Its aim is to assess the treatment and decide if further prescriptions are necessary. The length of the treatment depends on many factors, just as all people and conditions are individual, so is their recovery time. Acute complaints may get better more quickly. In chronic cases recovery is dependent  upon the vitality of the person and the duration and severity of suffering. With a long-standing chronic condition it is to be expected that cure will take longer. However, some improvement is often felt soon after taking the remedy.