What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on your experience of your symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to you.
It is based on the principle of “like cures like” – that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to treat those same symptoms in illness.
During an in-depth case-taking process, a homeopath will build up a picture of you, taking into account all of your symptoms and how you experience them, before prescribing.
The manufacture of homeopathic medicines involves repeated dilution and ‘succussion’ (a specific form of vigorous shaking). The raw extracts (from plants) or triturations (from minerals and salts) are made into a ‘tincture’ with alcohol. This is then diluted with water and succussed many times.
Homeopathic medicines have no toxic side effects and can be used safely alongside conventional medicines.
Your prescription will be a remedy which matches your own unique pattern of symptoms, taking into account your genetic background, medical history and personality characteristics. Treatment will be aimed at relieving the most recent symptoms first, whilst addressing any underlying cause to minimise further deterioration or recurrence of symptoms.
You may be given a remedy on the day of your appointment, or alternatively, your practitioner may need to spend more time considering the full picture in depth. Any remedy or remedies will either be given to you at the end of the consultation, or will be sent to you shortly after the appointment. Your practitioner will provide you with information explaining how and when to take the remedy.