HOMOEOPATHY – WHAT IS IT?
Homoeopathy (or homeopathy) uses very dilute preparations of natural herbs and minerals to trigger the body into an appropriate response to disease. This is “treating like with like”, the opposite approach of conventional medicine which tries to oppose the symptoms of disease and over-ride the body’s own defences.
WHAT CAN IT HELP?
Patients often consult homoeopaths for headaches, gynaecological problems, immune sytem, emotional problems (depression, anxiety etc), skin conditions, arthritis and digestive disorders. The following conditions are listed on the Society of Homeopaths website: Allergies and upper respiratory tract infections, ankle sprain, bronchitis, childhood diarrhoea, chronic fatigue, ear infections, fibromyalgia, hay fever, influenza, osteoarthritis, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatic diseases, sinusitis and vertigo.
Please note that as a small private profession, homoeopaths are not able to undertake extensive – and expensive – research into the effectiveness of treatment for a wide range of conditions. Therefore this list is to give you an example of conditions commonly presented to homoeopaths; it is not a claim that there is cast-iron scientific evidence that homoeopathy is proven to be of benefit, which might be a breach of trading and advertising standards legislation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Are there any side effects? – No, and you cannot become addicted to homeopathic remedies. This is because only a very minute amount of the active ingredient is used.
How does it work? Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own healing power.
What will the treatment be like? You will be given a remedy in the form of pills, which should be dissolved under the tongue. Nothing should be put in the mouth for 20 minutes before or after taking the remedy, including toothpaste and cigarettes. No strong substance such as coffee or peppermint should be taken whilst having homoeopathic treatment because they will spoil the effect of the remedies.
Can I take the remedies with prescribed medicine? – Yes, they won’t interfere with conventional drugs. How quickly will it work? – A very slowly developing complaint such as an ulcer will not disappear overnight, but other complaints can get better quickly.
Your Homoeopath is Diane Hardy RSHom, BA(hons), BSc RM. Diane lives in the Southend area and has practised Homoeopathy for nineteen years. She trained at the Regents Park College of Homoeopathy and has a degree in Humanities. She is also a registered midwife.