What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is both a medical practise and a philosophy that uses minute doses of natural substances such as plants and minerals to encourage the body to heal itself. The philosophy of homeopathy utilizes the law of similar or “like cures like”. It addresses the root cause of imbalances, rather than the symptoms, to enhance the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes.
The practice was founded in the late 1700’s in Germany by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann and has been widely practiced throughout Europe, India and the America’s.
Is Homeopathy safe?
Homeopathic remedies are considered safe and have been regulated in many countries. There are no side-effects from the remedies. They are non-addictive and can be used safely for children, pregnant or breast-feeding women under the care of a Homeopathic Practioner. It’s always recommended that you advise your primary care provider if you decide to utilize homeopathic remedies so that informed decisions can be made regarding all your health care practises.
Why would I choose Homeopathy over other types of medicine?
Homeopathy is chosen for a variety of reasons:
- a desire to achieve health naturally without side effects
- you’ve been on medications for a period of time without seeing any improvement in your health
- address health from a holistic perspective rather than just dealing with a symptom
Each reason is valid and is usually arrived at after a period of time spent in thought and research.
What kind of results can I expect?
As each person is completely individual the results will be completely individual. It depends on many factors:
- if the imbalance is chronic or acute in nature
- how long the condition has been present
- the stress level of the patient
Some people will respond immediately and others could take a couple of weeks to see some changes.
The initial consultation takes 2-3 hours with follow up every 3-4 weeks. It’s recommended that the process take 3-4 months with ongoing health care, following a similar process as with your previous health care provider.
Do I continue taking my medications?
Yes, medications from your existing medical doctor should continue to be taken while taking homeopathic remedies. As you begin to become healthier you can work with your Homeopath and primary medical care provider to arrive at a plan that will allow you to gradually discontinue the use of other medications.
Who uses Homeopathy?
Those who have turned to Homeopathy come from all walks of life, all nationalities and all ages. They are:
- driven by a desire for health care that incorporates a holistic perspective of body, mind and spirit, without the use of medications or chemicals
- people who grew up with homeopathic remedies and are very comfortable with how well the medicine works
- those who have become disenchanted with what their present medical practitioners have done for them or how they have been treated are also turning to Homeopathy.
How does Homeopathy work?
Homeopathy uses natural substances such as plants and minerals to help stimulate the body to heal itself. Remedies have been studied for hundreds of years by Homeopathic doctors who found that certain remedies caused certain symptoms to arise in healthy people. With a belief in the philosophy that “like cures like”, the doctor prescribes remedies that produce the same symptoms as you are presenting with. In turn, the remedy stimulates the body to heal itself in those areas where symptoms present.
How long will I have to see a Homeopath for?
This will vary depending upon:
- your Homeopath
- your symptoms
- if your illness is chronic or acute
- how long you have experienced the condition for
It is recommended that you commit to at least the initial 3-4 follow-up appointments. They are usually 3-4 weeks apart to ensure that the homeopathic remedy is given enough time to help stimulate your body to heal itself.
What can I expect in my appointments?
Homeopathic Practitioners practise in the same way as conventional doctors do, however, you will spend much more time with your Practitioner. Your initial consultation will last anywhere from 1.5 – 2 hours, with a complete history taken, investigation of your symptoms and, if necessary examination. In addition to all of the symptoms you are presenting with, you will also be asked a series of questions regarding:
- how these symptoms affect you
- what, if anything, makes you feel better or worse
- your nutrition levels
After compiling all of the symptoms you are presenting with, the Practitioner will recommend a remedy that will be taken in liquid or dry form. Some patients will start to notice changes almost immediately while others will experience changes in a more gradual manner. Follow ups take approximately 30 – 45 minutes.