What is Homeopathy?

Good health depends on emotional and mental balance as well as physical wellbeing. The homeopath aims to restore harmony and balance to you using homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy stimulates the mind and body’s own self-healing mechanisms so is always gentle and appropriate to your needs.

The 'father' of Homeopathy, a German born in Dresden in 1755, Samuel Christian Hahnemann came from a humble background then became well educated in languages, chemistry and medicine. He developed the provings or trials on homeopathic substances starting with quinine the anti-malarial compound Cina (Cinchona calisaya). Then Hahnemann went on to prove (test) other substances such as arsenic, belladonna and mercury observing how different people reacted in varying ways to the substances, he noted three levels of response and drew up the drug picture and symptom picture. He matched these pictures with the ailments of his patients treating the symptoms of the ailment with the remedy that produced like or similar sensations during the provings.

Homeopathy is a gentle healing method that uses medicines made from many sources, mainly plants and minerals. All the medicines are tested or proved on humans, not animals, in during the manufacture. Successful remedies are found by ‘testing’ by provers, provers are a group of people who take the remedies over and over until a reaction is seen the production of various symptoms, the remedy is then used to treat patients with the same symptoms, homeopathy treats like with like (called the similimum). The decision for the strength or potency of the remedy is matched with the patient’s own energy level.

Homeopathy works on the principle that we are all individuals and express our illnesses in an individual way, just think of the different ways people experience a bad cold or headache and the different causes. Here is an example for headache homeopathic remedies for headache; due to indigestion = Nux Vom; due to overeating = Pulsatilla; due to sorrow, grief or worry – Ignatia; due to a fall, injury or concussion = Arnica; due to too much exposure to the sun – Belladona. This is just for treating the acute condition, however, patients usually receive their constitutional remedy taking their overall case into account, taking all ailments and prescribing one the whole picture.

Questioning methods aim to discover the way in which illness affects the patient, and then treating according to the patient’s specific needs. This involves asking about personality, moods, likes & dislikes, sleep, etc.

Homeopathy is the opposite to conventional medicine, treating with infinitesimal amounts of substance diluted many times. It is prescribed for the whole person, considering the illnesses suffered, personal life, habits, emotions, diet, exercise, sleeping patterns, complexion, appetite, moods, libido, posture, environment, even response to the weather.

The medicine is taken as an easily dissolved tablet or as a liquid, and by all age groups.

Side Effects

Homeopathy does not produce side effects, as it is your own self-healing mechanisms at work. It can be used successfully alongside medicine from your GP or hospital. Rarely aggravations may occur where old symptoms worsen before improvement; this is the natural progress of healing.

What can be treated?

Almost anything that affects the human body or mind can respond to homeopathy at some level. Both long standing conditions and sudden acute ailments can be treated

Helen Bowman
ND, Dip Hom, BSc(Hons), Dip Clin Sci, NAET Cert, NAET Instructor Cert, MANP, MICR.
Telephone: 07710 853 914
Email: helen@holistichealthcare.eu