What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a safe and gentle holistic system of medicine used for over 200 years since it was first introduced by Samuel Hahnemann in Germany. Now it is used by more than 500 million people worldwide, in at least 80 countries across the globe.
Homeopathic remedies are made from different substances including plants, minerals
The focus is on you as an individual and the aim of Homeopathy is to help your body’s ability to heal itself. Its essence lies in treating everyone individually and all treatment is tailored uniquely to your particular needs and condition, ensuring the relevant remedies are selected specifically for you.
Good health is not just feeling “OK”, or “fine”, or even only about the absence of disease. Good health gives us a sense of well-being – of being balanced – and provides a sense of personal freedom to achieve our potential and flourish. Good health is having the strength and flexibility to face life’s challenges, adapt accordingly and thrive.
Who uses homeopathy?
Homeopathy is the second most widely used form of medicine in the world.
As a system of non-toxic medicine it is increasingly appealing to many people as we live our lives surrounded by an ever growing number of pollutants, pesticides, parabens, sulphates and other unwelcome visitors.
Homeopathy is ideal for people who want to explore more holistic options to enhance their well-being.
However, I see every patient as an individual – not as a condition or disease and I don’t treat specific disease labels. I take time to consider your unique symptoms, considering each symptom as part of your whole picture. Luton Homeopathy as a system of medicine is designed to treat the whole person and can therefore be considered in almost any situation in which a person’s health is depleted.
I actively encourage an integrated approach with other healthcare practitioners, conventional and complementary, and an open and ongoing dialogue with your GP, or other primary healthcare practitioner.
Homeopathic products are safe to use alongside conventional medicine.
How does it work?
Hippocrates, “the father of medicine” in the 5th century BC, said that there are two ways to cure disease – by contraries, or similars. Conventional medicine is the way of contraries, or opposites, which works on the principle that if the body produces a symptom then the standard course of treatment should be to suppress or antidote that symptom; such as providing a laxative for constipation. Whereas homeopathy is the way of similars: it works on the principle of treating “like with like” or plainly speaking, that any substance which is capable of causing symptoms in a healthy person can, in the form of a homeopathic remedy, cure similar symptoms in a sick person.
What medicine will I be given?
Homeopathic medicines, known as remedies, are non-toxic, without unpleasant and unwanted side-effects, and are non-addictive.
Each homeopathic remedy, has its own “symptom picture” described in detail in the homeopathic materia medica. This picture is a description of the symptoms the original substance has the ability to produce in a healthy person, and therefore the symptoms the homeopathic remedy, made from this substance, has the ability to relieve in a sick person. When deciding which remedy to prescribe (from more than 3000 in the homeopathic materia medica) I would consider your physical, mental and emotional symptoms as a whole, to provide a more complete, or holistic picture, and match your symptom picture most closely to the symptom picture of a remedy.
Homeopathic remedies are usually given in the form of a small, sucrose pillule, soft tablets, or occasionally in liquid form, etc.
Homeopaths consider symptoms to be an indication of a dis-ease, dis-equilibrium or disharmony in our innate healing system, not the disease itself. Homeopaths use symptoms as signposts to determine the most appropriate, and similar remedy, to relieve this dis-harmony which will in turn relieve symptoms.
How homeopathic remedies are prepared
Homeopathic medicines are called remedies. Homeopathic remedies are prepared in a homeopathic pharmacy by a process of serial dilution. There are more than 3000 substances that have been made into homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is not synonymous with herbal medicine. While many homeopathic remedies are made from plants, remedies are also made from minerals, chemicals and animal products. With the process of high dilution, a substance, which might be toxic in a large does, is made safe and is able to exert a curative effect if chosen properly.
Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural sources and are used in extremely small amounts.
What is involved in a homeopathic consultation?
A homeopathic prescription is based upon an extensive interview with the patient. During the initial consultation, which is very thorough and quite lengthy, the homeopath needs to carefully question the patient in order to build up a multi-dimensional picture to match one of the drug pictures and find the most appropriate remedy for that person. Several people all suffering with the same named disease, or a set of symptoms, may require completely different homeopathic medicines. A clinical examination may or may not be necessary.
The patient provides the needed information through a careful description of his or her symptoms. All symptoms are considered valid. Homeopath carefully listens to patient with an open mind and nonjudgmental manner. Often, it is a symptom that a patient considers irrelevant, perhaps peculiar, or rather strange, that actually helps the homeopath to select the most appropriate remedy. The homeopath will inquire into many aspects of the patient’s life. A prescription is based on the totality of the symptoms – even if only one or few symptoms need to be treated at a given time – which makes homeopathy a holistic discipline.
The patient’s progress is reviewed on subsequent visits and further prescriptions may be necessary. Although rapid results can by achieved particularly in acute illness; a more gradual improvement is expected in chronic illnesses and also when the person’s vitality is low.
It is not advisable to discontinue or reduce the dosage of allopathic/other medications already being taken without consultation with the homeopathic physician as well as the practitioner who prescribed them.
There are several thousand different homeopathic remedies, commonly prepared in 19 different strengths called potencies. All homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances and come from the mineral, plant, animal kingdoms, as well as from disease products. The remedies are prepared by professional homeopathic pharmacists from crude substances through a unique homeopathic process called potentization.
Initial homeopathic interview lasting at least an hour is an extensive review of your present condition, your medical and family history, and your “life story.” Follow-ups may be scheduled once a month for a few months.
Very few cases require only one remedy. Sometimes a new remedy is required within a month or two of the previous prescription.
Relationship of Homeopathy to Drugs, Medicine
We encourage your continued relationship with your primary care physician or any medical specialist. Homeopathy is a complementary health care approach and it is not interchangeable with conventional medical care. Homeopathy in no way does not discourage you from consultations with traditional medical authorities, nor is it a substitute for such.
It is, however, your own responsibility to seek out the appropriate medical assistance, advice, testing, etc.