WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy was developed over 250 years ago by Samuel Hahnemann, a German Doctor. If you would like to read more about the life and work of Samuel Hahnemann please click here. A BBC Radio 4 documentary aired in December 2010 described Hahnemann as a medical pioneer who worked tirelessly to improve medical practice insisting that medicines were tested before use.
The fundamental principle of homeopathy is that any substance which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, may also, if specially prepared and diluted help alleviate those same symptoms in someone who is sick. This principle is called the Principle of Similars. The word Homeopathy is Greek for 'Similar suffering"
"What I can say now is that high dilutions are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules. Its not pseudoscience. Its not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study"
Professor Luc Montagnier, French Virologist and Nobel Laureate, speaking in 2010.
As an example of the Law of Similars, whilst Coffee contains stimulants that may cause restlessness and insomnia in some people, in homeopathy a person exhibiting those symptoms may benefit from a remedy made from the Coffee plant.
Homeopathy treats the whole person on all levels, physical, mental and emotional. It also recognises that individuals suffer illness in different ways. This means that two people with similar health problems may require two completely different remedies. Homeopathy recognises that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient as an individual who needs treatment rather than the disease itself.
Just as joy, laughter and the feeling of being cared for can keep us in good health, the opposite feelings of sadness, grief, anxiety and insecurity can be the cause of physical conditions.
HOW ARE REMEDIES MADE AND WHAT IS IN THEM?
Remedies are made from a wide variety of substances, drawn mainly from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms. They are prepared in special Homeopathic Pharmacies under strict quality control. The substance undergoes a process known as 'potentisation', which includes 'dilution' and 'succussion'. This process creates a highly diluted remedy. Remedies are given in liquid form or more commonly soaked into tablets for easy dispensing. The tablet has a slightly sweet taste making them easy to give to children! All homeopathic remedies may look alike, but like CD's all look the same, when played you hear different tunes.
Although there are about 4,000 remedies available to a homeopath, the number continually grows. As new remedies are introduced they are tested on healthy volunteers to see what symptoms they produce, working on the Principle of Similars, and enhancing the number of remedies we can utilise in Homeopathy. This is called a Proving.
I am taking conventional medication from my doctor. Can I take homeopathic remedies as well?
Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional drugs and will not interfere with their action.