What is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a natural drug-free approach that aims to treat the underlying cause and often succeeds where conventional medicine has failed. The symptoms you are experiencing, that to you may seem unrelated, are like signposts to the Homoeopath, guiding him in the selection of the appropriate remedy. Homoeopathy works equally as well for emotional and behavioral problems as it does for physical disorders.
Homoeopathy is a method of treatment which was developed in the 18th Century by the German physician and chemist, Samuel Hahnemann. In the last 2000 years, its effectiveness has been clearly recognised and today homoeopathy is used worldwide. It is used in treatment of chronic illness, acute conditions and minor accidents. In fact the British Royal Family has long been a fan of homoeopathy.
How Does Homoeopathy Differ from Conventional Medicine?
Conventional medicine is based on a concept of diseases and agents that cause them eg bacteria, viruses that result in pathological or physiological changes. The treatment usually aims to relieve the symptoms.
Homoeopathy on the other hand views all symptoms as an indication of an underlying state of ill health that affects the whole person, not just one or two body systems. Treatment aims to alleviate the cause of disease by stimulating the body’s natural immunity and recuperative power.
What Does a Visit to a Homoeopath Involve?
This may take up to one hour. You will be asked questions relating to your physical symptoms and your past medical history.
In addition, you may be asked about your eating habits, sleep patterns, lifestyle, and about some of your mental and emotional characteristics. A physical examination may be conducted according to the particular needs of your case.
What Type of Medicine Will Be Given?
Homoeopathic medicine is made from substances derived from plant, animal and mineral sources. They are prepared following strict homeopathic pharmaceutical guidelines and can be given as liquid or globules. The remedy may contain little or none of the original substance, but carries its energy and healing properties.
You may be given a single dose or repeated doses of a single remedy. These small amounts of medicine are sufficient to stimulate the healing process.
Where illness has developed over a long time, several successive remedies may be needed during the course of weeks or months.
Are There Any Side-Effects?
Healing takes place in different ways and reactions to a remedy vary. Sometimes there is an immediate healing, sometimes it begins with an increased feeling of well-being even though symptoms initially remain. In some cases, old symptoms recur as part of the healing process.
To Ensure Maximum Benefit from your Medication:
- The remedy is usually taken at least half an hour before or after food or drink, or as directed by your practitioner.
- Avoid taking the remedy immediately after using tobacco, alcohol, coffee or toothpaste.
- Some practitioners believe that the taking of coffee lessens the effectiveness of the remedy, especially in individuals sensitive to coffee.
- Store the remedy away from heat and strong smelling substances such as perfumes, mentholated liniments, medical drugs and camphor.
Body Systems Aided by Homoeopathy
Kidney and Urinary System
Uremia, Haematuria, Pyelitis, Albuminaria, Nephritis, Pyuria, Renal Calculii, Renal Colic, Enuresis, Incontinence, Ischuria / Anuria / Oliguria / Dysuria / Polyuria, Cystitis
Upper Digestive Tract I – Mouth, Throat, Digestion
Pyorrhoea, Toothache, Stomatitis, Halitosis, Glossitis, Pharyngitis, Swallowing Difficulty, Anorexia, Bulemia, Obesity, Malnutrition, Food Cravings, Food Aversions
Upper Digestive Tract II – Stomach
Eructations, Heartburn, Dyspepsia, Reflux, Hiccup, Hiatus, Hernia, Nausea, Morning Sickness, Motion Sickness, Vomiting, Gastritis, Stomach Ulcer, Duodenal Ulcer
Lower Digestive Tract I – Liver, Pancreas
Hepatitis, Cirrhosis of Liver, Cystic Tumours of Liver, Biliousness, Cholecystitis, Gallstones, Gall Colic, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypoglycaemia, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic Cysts, Jaundice
Lower Digestive Tract II – Intestines, Rectum
Appendicitis, Intestinal Colic, Colitis, Intestinal Obstruction, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, prolapsed Colon, Flatulence, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Fistula, Anal Fissures, Haemorrhoids, Peritonitis, Diverticulitis
Upper Respiratory Tract – Nose, Larynx
Epistaxis, Acute Sinusitis, Colds, Rhinitis, Hayfever, Adenoids, Nasal Polyps, Laryngitis, Chronic Aphonia, Croup, Whooping Cough, Tonsillitis
Lower Respiratory Tract – bronchi Lungs
Tracheitis, Bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, emphysema, Fibrosis, Pleurisy, Cough (dry, moist), dyspnoea, wheezing, dyspnoea
Special Senses – Eyes & Vision, Ears & Hearing
Optic Neuritis, Strabismus, diplopia, Ptosis, cataract, Glaucoma, conjunctivitis, Sty, Photophobia, Night-blindness, vertigo, Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, Deafness, Ear Polyps, each discharge and congestion
Sleep, Pain and Fevers
Insomnia (on retiring, or waking, or due to emotional causes), narcolepsy, pain, fever (sudden or slow onset), Fever due to Malaria
Head & Brain – Mental Disorders
Headache, Migraine, Coma, Convulsions, Memory Loss, Epilepsy, Anxiety,, Hysteria, Stage Fright, Obsessional Disorders, Delerium, Dementia, Schizophrenia, Paranoia, Melancholia, Cerebral Palsy
Anosmia, Tic Douloureux, Bells Palsy, Loss of Taste, Meningitis, Paraplegia, Hydrocephalis, Sciatica, Parkinson’s Disease, Chorea, Convulsions, Tourette’s Syndrome
Bones & Joints – Collagen Disorders
Lumbago, periostitis, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, Myositis, Fribrositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, SLE, Muscular Atrophy, Sciatica
Dyspnoea on Effort, Angina Pectoris, Palpitations, Atrial Flutter, Tachycardia, Bradycardia, Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Embolism, Pericarditis, Endocarditis, syncope, Cyanosis
Circulation and Blood
Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, Hypotension, Raynaud’s Phenomena, Arterial Aneurysms, Venous Thrombosis, Varicose Veins, Haemorrhoids, Chillblains, Anaemia, Purpura, Haemophilia, Stroke
Endocrine & Lymphatic System
Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, goitre, Pancreatitis, Parathyroid Disorders, Hypo- pituitarism, Hyperpituitarism, Diabetes Insipidus, Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s Disease, Enlarged Spleen, Hodgkin’s disease (Lymphodema), Lymphatic Congestion
Menstrual disorders, PMT, Leucorrhoea, Lactation Problems, Mastitis, Miscarriage, fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis, Urethritis, Monilial Vaginitis (Thrush), Herpes Genitalis, Orchitis, Prostitis, enlarged Prostate, Hydrocele, Impotence
Itching, Formication, sunburn, Moles, Warts, Corns, Insect Bites, Boils, Sty, Loss of Pigmentation (Vitiligo), Ringworm, Urticaria, Blisters
Acne Vulgaris, Eczema, Psoriasis, Sebhorroeic Dermatitis, Keloid Growths, Herpes Zoster (Singles), herpes Simplex, Ulceration, Abscesses, Carbuncles, Whitlow