Homeopathy

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a complete system of natural, evidence-based medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, the homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each individual patient.
Gentle and effective, homeopathy is over 200 years old and is the second largest system of medicine in the world today, as recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Like with like

Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.
For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollen are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients. However, one major difference with homeopathic medicines is that substances are used in ultra high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic.
Homeopathic medicines are made from plant, chemical, mineral or animal sources. The original material is diluted and vigorously shaken (succussed). The high-dilution process makes homeopathic medicines non –toxic and gives them their excellent safety record. This makes them ideal to be used with babies, children and during pregnancy. Homeopathy can also be safely used alongside conventional drugs and will not interfere with the action of any medicines prescribed by a doctor.

What to expect from a consultation

When you see a homeopath it’s their job to get a thorough understanding of your health and the exact symptoms you are experiencing so that the choice of homeopathic medicine can be as individual as possible.
Questions about your lifestyle, temperament, personality, sleep patterns, eating habits and preferences and medical history help the homeopath to form a complete picture of you. This picture will be matched to the symptoms of your illness in order to prescribe a particular type and strength of homeopathic medicine.
To get the most out of a consultation, it is helpful to make some notes beforehand and to think through all the issues that are affecting your health on a physical, emotional and mental plane.
As a guide, your first appointment could take around 90 minutes, with follow-up appointments typically lasting 45 minutes.

At the end of the consultation your homeopath will give you a prescription and advise you how often to take the medicine. Homeopathy is usually taken in tablet or pillule form, but is also available in liquid and powder form.
The first follow up consultation will usually be around four weeks after the first prescription, although in some cases it may be sooner. The session will be shorter, and the homeopath will ask about changes that have occurred, using their detailed notes as a reference point, before deciding on the next course of treatment.
The number of consultations needed is difficult to predict – it depends on a number of factors such as the age of the patient, how long the symptoms have been going on and their individual response to the prescription.

Did you know that:

- Celebrities such as Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Twiggy, Caprice, Susan Hampshire, Tina Turner, Louise Jameson, Gaby Roslin, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Nadia Sawalha, Jennifer Aniston, Jade Jagger, Roger Daltry, Annabel Croft and Meera Syal, as well as The Queen and Prince Charles, are all users of homeopathy.
- Homeopathy is the most frequently used CAM therapy in five out of 16 surveyed countries in Europe and among the three most frequently used in 11 out of 16 surveyed countries.(Source: Alternative Medicine. Norway’s government publications. Report published by the Norwegian Department of Health.)

- In 2005, the largest service evaluation of homeopathic treatment reported that 70 per cent of 6,500 follow-up patients experienced improvement in their health. Eczema, asthma, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue improved.(Source: Spence D, Thompson E and Barron S. Homeopathic treatment for chronic disease: A 6-Year, university-hospital outpatient observational study. J Altern Complement Med 2005; 5: 793-8.)

Practitioner

Grazia Gatti LCCH RSHom

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul although the two cannot be separated.”

- Plato