What is Homeopathy
Homeopathy is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second most prevalent therapeutic system in the world. It is used by over 30 million people in Europe, and is especially popular in India.
Some of the conditions that I encounter in my practice are:
- Anxiety and depression
- Eating disorders
- Hay fever
- Menopausal issues
- Digestive problems
- Arthritis and other auto-immune conditions
- Side effects from conventional drugs
There is no firm evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy in some of these conditions, but often very little research was done. For more details please check the Homeopathy Research Institute http://homeoinst.org/.
Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted substances, so they do not interact with conventional medication (but you must inform both me and your doctors about what you’re doing).
Woman, 25 years old. Suffering from depression and from polycystic ovaries, causing an excess level of estrogen. Conventional treatment with high-dosage testosterone aims to counter the excess female hormones. It is helpful, but causes severe side effects. The complaints started when the patient moved to a new high-school some years back.
Prescription: Aristolochia Clematitis 1M, which addresses both the physical symptoms and the feeling of being an outsider. Reaction after a month: felt very weepy for 2 weeks, but afterwards felt “lighter”. Remedy repeated, and the patient agreed with her doctor to reduce the testosterone. Reaction after another month: all symptoms better. Remedy repeated and testosterone reduced further. Cycle repeated once more, when the patient became symptom-free and drug-free.
Man, 56 years old. Allergic cough since moved to a new town, 6 years ago. Cough is tickling and irritating, worse at night and when laughing. Conventional treatment is short-lived and generally unhelpful.
Prescription: Phosphorus 1M, which addressed both the physical symptom and his disposition. Reaction: 4 days after taking the remedy the cough suddenly stopped. Remedy was repeated once more after 2 months. Patient continues to do well.
What to Expect?
During the first consultation, lasting about 75 minutes, I ask questions about a wide variety of issues – from the physical to the spiritual. The aim is always one: trying to understand what is unique about you, and about the way your body and mind express themselves. I then choose a remedy, or a combination of remedies, out of a possible pool of many thousands.
Follow-ups are usually made every 4 weeks. There are many factors that would influence how quickly we’ll see results. The nature of the problem, how long you’ve had it, your age and your lifestyle are some of these factors. We’ll usually see some results within three consultations.
Let’s be frank: homeopathy will not help everyone, every time. But it IS very effective – in a recent study of over 6,000 patients in the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, 70.7% reported varying degrees of improvement. Moreover, the changes you achieve are often there to stay!
Needless to say, the consultation is strictly confidential, and you are protected through the Society of Homeopaths’s Code of Ethics and Practice.