What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicine is based on the research and observation of the 18th century, German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann. He hypothesized, like Hippocrates, two thousand years earlier, that what a drug can cause, it can cure, which is the way of similar. Indeed the word ‘homeopathy’ is Greek for ‘similar suffering’.
Unhappy with the large doses of compound mixtures prescribed by conventional doctors in his time, which Hahnemann felt did more harm than good, he strove to reduce the toxic side-effects of his remedies, by serial dilution and succession, or shaking. A minimum dose of a single remedy, derived from a natural substance, was then prescribed.
Today the World Health Organisation estimates that Homeopathy is used by five hundred million people worldwide. In this country, in 2000, a House of Lords Select Committee report on Complementary and Alternative Medicines listed Homeopathy as a ‘group one’ therapy, along with Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. ‘Group one’ therapies are recognized as having their own diagnostic approach and treatment methods.
How may Homeopathy help?
Hahnemann understood, as did Plato and Hippocrates long before him, the importance of treating the person as a whole, rather than just their particular disease symptoms, in order to restore their vitality and well-being. Therefore, he would select a remedy that matched the totality of a person’s symptoms, reflecting their unique constitution.
What does a treatment involve?
The first consultation takes 1.5 to 2 hours. In order to find the right remedy for you as an individual your homeopath will need to know all about you, including what is troubling you, details about your symptoms, any other changes you have noticed since your symptoms began, and so on. The aim of the consultation is to get an overview, not only of what is disturbing you, but also of who you are as an individual.
Your homeopath will then prescribe a homeopathic remedy, usually in pill form, whose symptom-picture most closely matches you as a whole person. Follow up meetings, initially a month to six weeks apart, last 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The next step or to find out more …
To see if Homeopathy is the right treatment for you, why not book one of our free 15 minute telephone consultations? Please call us on 01926 450990, drop us an email or pop in to the clinic to talk to one of our friendly staff.
For a more detailed description of Homeopathy, visit the Society of Homeopaths website at www.homeopathy-soh.org click on the link to take you to our frequently asked questions page. For treatment prices please refer to our Clinic Price List.