Homoeopathy is an effective system of healing which helps the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within and that it is the patient who needs treatment rather than the disease alone.
A homoeopathic remedy involves a minute dose of a substance which acts as a stimulus to assist the patient’s own system to recover naturally. They do not cause side effects and you cannot become addicted to them. This makes it especially useful for treating children, pregnant women and the elderly.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Hay fever
- Pre-menstrual tension
- Menopausal problems
- Skin complaints e.g. eczema in children
- Ailments in pregnancy e.g. nausea, heartburn
- Post viral fatigue
- Stress related problems
- Rheumatic conditions
A typical consultation with a homoeopath will last for over an hour. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle, past health, family history and personality traits. A homoeopathic remedy is specific to a particular person at a particular time in their life. Five patients with hayfever for example, may all get completely different remedies.
Some people trying homoeopathy feel an immediate improvement; others with a chronic condition may be treated for months. Generally speaking, the rate of response to treatment is proportional to the duration of the problem.
Homoeopathy is one of the most popular complementary therapies in the UK. Over the years it has had many royal adherents, including the Queen who is said never to travel far without her leather case of remedies. There are NHS homoeopathic hospitals based in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool and Tunbridge Wells. Demand for treatment is rising and the number of family doctors who want to take a course in homoeopathy has also increased dramatically.