Homoeopathy is a highly respected form of holistic medicine, its principles laid down by the eminent German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th. and 19th. centuries. It has been shown to be equally effective in treating individuals with either acute, or chronic health problems, and is safe to use for all ages.
The remedies can be given in liquid, tablet, or granule form, and are most commonly derived from plant, mineral, and animal sources.
In an acute, or first-aid type situation, only the primary symptoms will be considered. In chronic cases, the Homoeopath will look at the situation from a Constitutional perspective. This means taking full detail of not only the presenting problem, but of the overall health history, personality including behaviour, emotional state, likes and dislikes and family health patterns. The Homoeopath will then identify the core patterns which need treating, and prescribe the remedy which most closely fits that picture. The strength of the remedy referred to as potency will be determined by the overall vitality of the patient. The aim is to stimulate the inner healing capacity of the patient, so that the body/mind will restore itself to health emphasising that we are treating people with ailments, rather than the ailments themselves. The remedy will only be taken until significant improvement occurs. Occasionally, people may feel worse before they feel better often referred to as a healing crisis but this should be brief, and followed quickly by a clear and lasting improvement.
How often treatment is required will be determined by the level of improvement. At each visit the Homoeopath will carefully record any changes before deciding which is the most appropriate remedy. The intention is always to stimulate healing in the words of Samuel Hahnemann in the most rapid, gentle, and permanent way possible.