About Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is based on the philosophy that symptoms are signs of the body’s natural healing process. According to homeopathic philosophy, this innate system responds and adjusts without our noticing, but when sufficiently challenged, when we are under stress of some sort, this may become compromised and symptoms are experienced. These may be uncomfortable or persistent and this natural response needs help to finish its job. Homeopathic remedies are said to stimulate and speed up this process.

Homeopathy is also founded on the principle that like cures like. This means that a substance which can cause symptoms in a healthy person may, in minute doses, also help those same symptoms in a sick person.  This phenomenon was discovered by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann whilst carrying out experiments on the properties of quinine, used to treat malaria. He found that he began to develop some of the symptoms of malaria himself and these subsided once the experiment was over. Homeopathic remedies are said to produce symptoms which are similar yet stronger than the symptoms suffered, thereby overcoming them.

What are the remedies?

Homeopathic remedies come from many sources, such as plants, minerals, metals and poisons. They are prepared by a unique process of repeated succussion (vigorous shaking) and dilution which seems to make them non-toxic, non-addictive and safe from overdose, and yet more effective.  Prescribed by your homeopath they are safe for everyone – pregnant mothers, babies, children and the elderly.

The uses of remedies are discovered through trials, or “provings” as they are known. In a proving, a potentised (succussed and diluted) substance is given blind to a group of healthy volunteers until they start to show a response. All their responses are recorded, enabling a full understanding of the general and specific properties of that substance.

Although highly effective, homeopathic remedies need careful storage and handling. They should be stored away from heat, sunlight and strong smelling substances. Remedies should be taken about 20 minutes before or after food/drink/dental care. Clear instructions are given upon prescription.

What about regular medicine?

Despite homeopathy’s alternative philosophy, it does not conflict with other forms of treatment. Homeopathic remedies can be safely taken alongside medication prescribed by your GP or consultant.  Homeopathy is often described as a “complementary” therapy, recognising the benefits to your health that different disciplines can bring.