they are so dilute, how can they work?
After each dilution the mixture is vigorously agitated in a machine
that delivers a calibrated amount of shaking. This is called succussion.
It is thought that this process imprints the healing energy of the
medicinal substance throughout the body of water (the diluent) as
if a message is passed on. The message contains the healing energy.
Even in ultra-molecular diltions, information specific to the original
dissolved substance remains and can be detected.
can homeopathy treat?
Homeopathy has a wide application, from acute fevers, sore throats
and toothache, to chronic illnesses such as arthritis, eczema, asthma,
anxiety, mild depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. There has
been some very good research evidence to support this (see Research
happens when you see a homeopath?
Your homeopath understands that establishing good health involves
treating both mind and body, so time is taken to listen to your
emotional and physical symptoms. To stimulate your body's own healing
process, a remedy closest to your individual symptom picture is
prescribed. Healing beings from within your body, strengthening
your health and immune system, without any danger of damaging side
Starting homeopathic treatment
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which
assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises
that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within
the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment
not the disease.As a new patient, these ideas may be new to you,
but homeopathy has been established for about 200 years.
remedies cannot cause side effects and you cannot become addicted
to them. This is because only a very minute amount of the active
ingredient is used in a specially prepared form. Your homeopath
will give you a homeopathic medicine or remedy which matches your
symptoms as you experience them. This also takes account of you
as a person - your individual characteristics emotionally as well
does it work?
Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing
power. This stimulus will assist your own system to clear itself
of any expressions of imbalance. The aim is to get you to a level
of health so that eventually you will need infrequent treatment.
long does treatment take?
This depends very much on what sort of illness you have, as well
as the other individual characteristics of your case. So it is not
realistic for your homeopath to assess this until it can be seen
how you respond to the remedies prescribed over some time. It is
possible to say that a slowly developing complaint, or one that
has been experienced for some years, will not disappear immediately
although there may be a response and some improvement quite soon.
Other acute complaints may get better more quickly.
cures from the inside, and often outer symptoms such as a skin complaint,
are the last to clear. Be patient! In the long term it is much better
for you to be cured of both the cause of your illness and its symptoms,
rather than merely relieving or suppressing the symptoms. Remember
that every case is different, and no two patients are alike.
there any advice about diet and lifestyle?
A homeopath will ask you about your usual diet and lifestyle, and
may suggest changes, especially if it seems that this is contributing
to your illness. Of course, a good basic diet is necessary for good
health, with less sugars, fats, alcohol and refined foods. There
is an increasing awareness of the benefits of foods free from artificial
colourings, preservatives and flavourings. Whole foods and organic
foods, free from chemical pesticides and fertilisers, are also increasingly
concepts of homeopathy include:
Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called
remedies that, according to homeopathy, would produce the same or
similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given
in larger doses.
Treatment in homeopathy is individualized.Homeopathic practitioners
select remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including
not only symptoms but lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and