What is Homeopathy? It is an approach to healing which works with our own body's resources to support a natural healing reaction. It is safe for anyone to use, including babies, children and pregnant women.
Homeopathy works by using highly dilute - energetic - preparations of remedies to support the body's own healing process. When we are unwell, our body tries to heal us. Sometimes we have the resources to heal acute symptoms quickly and without any medication. Sometimes however, the symptoms linger and we have difficulty clearing them, even in an acute illness like a cold. The homeopathic approach to such problems is to acknowledge that the symptoms our body is producing are actually the evidence of how it is trying to heal us. If we have a runny nose with a cold, our body is trying to discharge and clear the by-product of the infection. These symptoms may feel uncomfortable, annoying and unpleasant. We may be tempted to use a medication to suppress the discharge. In that way we are working ‘against’ our body’s own healing process, even if the immediate symptom may be eased temporarily, this is not always a cure. Rather than suppress a nasal discharge, the homeopathic approach would be to choose a remedy which will speed up the discharge and by clearing the symptoms in this way, so effect a cure.
Homeopaths will always be working to discover the root cause of an illness, taking an holistic approach which recognises that whatever symptoms we are suffering with, there are physical, mental and emotional influences which influence every factor.
The beginnings of homeopathy date from the time of Hippocrates and the father of modern homeopathy, Dr Samuel Hahnemann, developed the clear philosophy behind this therapeutic approach in his publication ‘The Organon of Medicine’ which was first published in 1810 and revised many times during his lifetime.
Homeopathy is sometimes spelled with an extra ‘o’ as HOMOEOPATHY. This original spelling comes from the Greek words which form its name and describe how it works.
- Homoion means "similar" or "like"
- Pathos means "suffering"
This brings us to the key principles of homeopathy :-
The Law of Similars – says that "like causes like", so that a substance which can cause particular symptoms when given to a healthy person in a material dose, will heal those same symptoms when given in a homeopathic (or energetic) dose to a sick person.
One example of this is clear when we consider what may happen to us as we peel and chop fresh onions – our nose runs, our eyes water, we feel our head and nose are blocked, despite the free flowing discharges and all this is eased by going outside in the fresh air. If someone is suffering from these same symptoms when they have a cold, then the homeopathic remedy Allium Cepa, a remedy made from an onion, is well indicated to help work with the body towards a cure.
The Law of the Minimum Dose – introduces the concept of the energetic preparation of homeopathic remedies. Classical preparations of remedies involve the serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) of substances to release their energetic potential. The highest potencies of the remedies are those that are most diluted and energised.
Individual Approach – modern medics are trained to assess and diagnose a person’s illness, to give it a name, before deciding on which treatment is necessary and best practice. Although this information can help a homeopath choose the appropriate remedy, it is often not enough. We need to discover more individual details of each person’s presenting symptoms so that we can accurately match the remedy to the patient. Sometimes two people with the same diagnosis can respond with totally different personal symptoms. For example, one person diagnosed with arthritis may find ease from joint pain by resting, while another may find they are quite stiff and in discomfort when resting, and that they need to move about to ‘loosen up’ their joints, especially in the morning when they first get up. The ‘common’ cold has a variety of symptoms and effects according to the personality and the vulnerability of each patient. This suggests that each individual will need a personal assessment to choose the best remedy match for them.
Homeopathic consultations give the practitioner the chance to learn in detail about each patient’s symptoms - when they feel better or worse, when the problem first started, any particular or personal symptoms, diet, lifestyle, medications, supplements, quality of sleep, stress levels, history of health and illness or operations, vaccinations and any reactions, emotional state... and more. Based on this information, the homeopath will be able to choose the remedy which best suits the picture given and so prescribe remedies on an individual basis, rather than according to a diagnostic label.
Tessa is an experienced homeopath, having practised professionally for over 20 years. She is registered with the Society of Homeopaths and with the Association of Natural Medicine. Her approach to working with her patients with homeopathy is to encourage each person to review their illness holistically, considering all the aspects which affect them. After taking a comprehensive case, Tessa will consider remedies and options, before discussing this with each person, so they contribute to the decision about priorities and treatment. Tessa believes in supporting people to take responsibility for their own health. If you would like to arrange an appointment for a homeopathic consultation, please email us or telephone on 01473 728498. If you are unable to come to Tessa’s clinic in Suffolk, we may be able to arrange a consultation by webcam via Skype or Facetime.
For more information and references to research into homeopathy see this link – http://www.homeopathy-soh.org/research/