Homeopathy treats the person rather than the disease. We all experience trauma and express symptoms in our own individual way, no two people are the same. Homeopathy is about understanding you to find the right remedies for your unique healing. Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, gentle and yet nudge the body into deep healing.
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is based on the principle of "like treats like". This involves matching symptoms to the homeopathic medicine required. For example, when cutting a strong onion, we often experience the symptoms of stinging, watery eyes and a runny nose. People who have these specific symptoms in hay fever, may require a remedy called Allium Cepa, which is made from onions. However, this remedy may not suit another hay fever sufferer due to subtle differences in their symptoms. 10 people with hay fever could each require a very different remedy. When considering the best remedies, the prescription is not based on a single symptom but on a much larger picture, which includes an individual's constitution, past medical and life history, mental and emotional patterns and life-style factors. The essence of homeopathy is treating each person individually.
Homeopathic medicine is referred to as remedies. Remedies are carefully diluted to give different strengths. Substances which would normally be poisonous such as Arsenic, are made harmless and have no toxic side effects. Homeopathic remedies are completely safe for everyone including babies, children and breast feeding mums, and can be taken alongside orthodox medicine.
What to expect in your homeopathy appointment?
During a homeopathy consultation, I will be listening and asking questions about you and your symptoms. I will need to know any medication you are currently taking, a full medical history and any injuries or traumas. When deciding on a remedy, personality traits are taken into account, how you react to certain situations and how you express your feelings. Some questions might seem irrelevant, such as when symptoms are better or worse and what types of food you enjoy to eat, however, your answers will enable me to build up a picture of you.
The first consultation is likely to take up to 90 minutes (1 hour for babies and children). Children do not need to be on best behaviour, I just need to see them being themselves. Depending on the remedy required, I will either prescribe on the spot or for remote sessions, I will prepare and post the prescription within 24 hours.
Follow up sessions look at responses to remedies, any changes and improvements to presenting conditions. In each session, I reflect on the remedies prescribed and will make adjustments. In general the longer a person has had the “complaint” the longer it may take to clear, although improvements should be felt fairly quickly.
Will homeopathy help me?
Homeopaths are frequently heard saying "there's a remedy for that!" There are over 2,000 remedies available to assist with a huge range of symptoms. Everyone has the ability to improve or heal, homeopathic remedies gently nudges the system in the right direction for the remedy effects to unfold.
Homeopathy is the second most used form of medicine in the UK, after orthodox medicine. Homeopathy is often turned to as a last resort and can lead to surprising improvements in many condition. Homeopathic remedies can be taken alongside orthodox medicine. Please see below an interesting (but not exhaustive) list of conditions homeopathy can help with.
Please do get in touch with me to discuss your personal requirements.
What are homeopathic remedies?
Hahnemann realised when substances are diluted and activated by the liquid in which they are made being shaken, the results produce an extremely effective and non toxic medicine. This dilution process is repeated many times over until only an energetic essence remains. We are energetic beings and we resonate very well to this form of energetic medicine.
Homeopathic medicines are relatively inexpensive to produce and do not need to be repeatedly sourced. For example, the remedy Apis Mellifica is made from a single bee sting. However, a very small amount is taken from the mother tincture to produce the remedy. This means thousands of people are taking the same Apis remedy and this will continue to be the main source for a long time. Remedies are low cost to make and easily accessible. I highly recommend the homeopathic first aid kits which treat a range of acute conditions and come with a handy booklet helping you to prescribe for yourself and your family.
Homeopathic remedies are made from a huge range of substances with new substances constantly being specially 'proven' to help with the times we live in. There are also the interesting 'imponderable remedies' - ask me if you're curious.
Homeopathy is also perfect for individuals looking to work on their spiritual awareness. Each remedy creates an expansion of consciousness. It is wonderful to experience remedies from a spiritual perspective.
Principles of Homeopathy
Homeopathy view symptoms as our body's way of bring attention to dis-ease - 'nature's warning of troubles from within.' Physical signs are therefore signals that changes have taken place on a more profound level.
The Law of Similars
Homeopathy is based on like cures like, when broken down 'Homeo' means similar and 'pathos' means suffering. Homeopathic medicine will cure a person if his or her total set of symptoms corresponds exactly to those symptoms produced by the same medicine when given to a healthy person. For example Arsenic in crude form can causes symptoms such as nausea, violet vomiting, severe retching, diarrhoea, dehydration, stomach pains, burning pains etc. The person will feel better for warmth and company and worse from cold drinks and food and may have a fear they are going to die. When Arsenic is specially prepared as a homeopathic medicine, someone who is experiencing the above mentions symptoms will feel relief. This remedy is therefore a cure for food poisoning, gastroenteritis, anxiety states etc.
The Law of Cure
The law of cure dates back to Constantine Hering and is a principle that explains the direction of healing. Symptoms are cured from within to without and from the inside to the outside. In practice, this is frequently seen as the body eliminating disease, such as through increased perspiration, urination or bowel movements. Homeopathic medicines produce a cure by pushing old symptoms to the surface, which is all part of the deep healing process. For example when treating asthma, this often brings out old symptoms of eczema to the surface. In addition, symptoms usually start to disappear in the reverse order of their appearance. When the body is nudged into healing by remedies, the body's own innate wisdom will cure layer by layer. Like layers of an onion, one layer will be healed and the body will signal the next layer of healing required by bringing older symptoms to the surface.
Hahnemann spoke of the vital force and how it exerted power and influence of the physical body. The vital force is non-material and therefore can be described as a 'spirit-like' force. Every cell in the body is endowed with the instinct of self-preservation. Often in practice people start to feel better in themselves and their energy increases before changes are seen in the physical.
Pasteur said "the germ is nothing - the soil is everything." Addressing the soil in homeopathy is key to bringing about cure. This is why detailed case histories are taken to take into account family history, life style, traumas experienced to gain an understanding of the persons vital force.