What is homœopathy?
Homœopathy is a form of holistic medicine based on the principle that ‘like treats like’ i.e. a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large amounts, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. Homœopathy uses specially prepared, highly diluted substances, given mainly in pillule form or in water. Prescriptions are tailored to each individual patient, according to their specific symptoms.
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. In other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it were taken in large amounts.
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 management and prevention of disease. Taking all these factors into account a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability.
The idea of treating ‘like with like’
The idea that a substance can be damaging in large amounts, but beneficial in small amounts is not new to science, in fact this concept (referred to a hormesis) has been around for decades and increasingly well documented in such fields as biology and toxicology.
You may also already have come across the concept of treating ‘like with like’ in conventional medicine e.g. allergens such as pollen being used in minute amounts to de-sensitise allergic patients, or tinnitus aids which create a buzzing noise in the ear to cancel out the buzzing noise of tinnitus.
The holistic approach
Homœopathic medicine treats the person as a whole, rather than treating specific conditions in isolation. This ‘holistic’ approach is one of the main differences between homœopathy and conventional medicine. For example, if you were suffering from claustrophobia, depression and back ache, the conventional route might involve separate course of treatment from different specialists; by contrast a homœopath will consider all symptoms together as a whole (whether mental, emotional or physical), possibly addressing them with a single prescription.
Finding your individual medicine
In order to find a homœopathic remedy which matches you and your symptoms as precisely as possible a homœopath needs to get a thorough understanding of the exact symptoms you are experiencing. During a confidential, in-depth consultation, your homeopath will consider all aspects of your health including your past medical history, diet, lifestyle and personality type, as well as your current health problems.