This page contains general information about homeopathy. In my practice I use it as part of an approach that seeks to understand your symptoms and move towards freedom and health on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Please click on the link for information on how I use homeopathy as a tool for change. I also do a lot of work with Mums and Dads to be, providing support with conception, pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
If you have any questions about homeopathy and would like a chat, please feel free to contact me. I am fully insured with and a member of the Complementary Therapists Association which lists approved therapists in the Embody Guide to Homeopathy section of their website.
Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of medicine which addresses wellbeing from a viewpoint of vitality (life and health of the individual) rather than the study of disease and the suppression of symptoms. This vitality is described as vital force and it keeps the body healthy unless it is disturbed in some way, for example by diet, injury, trauma, shock, toxicity, mental disturbance or emotional upset. Of course these kind of things happen to us all the time and different individuals respond in different ways. Some may not be affected but others may start to produce symptoms. An obvious example of this is that when we are tired, run down or stressed we are more likely to produce symptoms which we often call ‘a cold’. Homeopaths view these symptoms as ‘cries for help’ from the body. By listening to them, we can identify and deal with the problems to restore an individual to health.
The remedies are very low dose preparations administered according to the principle that “like should be cured with like.” Practitioners use highly diluted substances that would, if given undiluted to a healthy volunteer, cause the symptoms which the patient is experiencing.
Hpathy (Homeopathy For Everyone) is an excellent site, filled with information and advice for professionals and users of homeopathy.
What to expect from a treatment
Homeopathy works energetically to restore vitality so homeopaths look at the whole body and the balance within it, including mental, emotional and spiritual aspects, rather than just the specific part which is affected. Therefore, the initial session is dedicated to building up a comprehensive picture of you so that your needs can be matched to the most appropriate remedy. The first consultation will take around an hour and a half while follow up sessions should take around an hour. Following the appointment you will receive remedies with clear instructions on how to take them. Remedies can be taken with any prescribed or other drugs. I often work alongside conventional medical treatment and will recommend that you consult your GP for tests or further advice if I consider it necessary.
Building a good relationship between the practitioner and patient is critical to foster healing and support is available between appointments where necessary.
Frequently asked questions
The information below tries to answer commonly asked questions about homeopathy. However, as everyone is different, each individual will experience it in a slightly different way.
Where does homeopathy come from?
Homeopathy was developed in the 19th century by Samuel Hahnemann, a physician who became disillusioned with the violence of medicine at the time. It became a popular and safe alternative to commonly used practices such as blood letting, purges, blistering and the use of toxic drugs. Since then, it has continued to be used as a powerful and gentle system of medicine.
What is involved in a treatment?
The initial session lasts for about an hour and a full personal history is taken as well as information about the family. We will explore your likes and dislikes as well as mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. This gives me valuable information about your predispositions and individual characteristics. Treatment is for you and we will work as a team to restore you to health. All information provided is confidential.
Are there any side effects?
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic so side effects are incredibly rare. As the body is stimulated to heal some people experience a change in symptoms but this is a positive sign that the body is responding to the treatment. In my experience, most people find that energy levels and wellbeing increase and often other symptoms, apart from those that are being treated, simultaneously improve.
How long will I need to be treated for?
This very much depends on the individual but as a very rough guide, the longer a symptom has been present for then the longer it takes to resolvel. However, there are exceptions to every rule! Some chronic cases respond quickly while others take longer to shift. Many people find homeopathy so beneficial that they keep up their treatment after the original symptom has abated to maintain overall health.
I am going on holiday – can homeopathy help?
Homeopathic remedies are excellent to take with you to help deal with holiday tums, insect bites, effects of altitude, sun, jet lag, travel sickness etc. Please contact me if you would like me to provide a travel kit for you.
I am going into hospital – can homeopathy help?
Homeopathic remedies are brilliant support to take pre, post or during operations or labour. They may minimise the negative effects of surgery and assist healing. Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more.
I am considering alternatives to vaccinations – can you help?
This is a well debated topic and there is too much information to go into here. The Informed Parent is a very useful website and I am very happy to discuss vaccinations and other approaches if you contact me.