How is homeopathy different?
Many patients ask “How is Homeopathy (homœopathy) different?”. It is different because it 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. Homeopathy uses specially prepared, highly diluted substances, given mainly in pillule form or in water. A prescriptions is tailored to each individual patient, according to their specific symptoms.
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
Homeopathic medicine treats the person as a whole, rather than treating specific conditions in isolation. This ‘holistic’ approach is one of the main differences between homeopathy 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 homeopathic remedy which matches you and your symptoms as precisely as possible a homeopath 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.
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