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Does it work?
Deviating from the trend of rejecting homeopathy treatment and medicine as mere placebos, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that homeopathy is the second-most used medical system internationally (Newindpress, India – 24 Dec 2005). A Registered Homeopath will have a University standard of Education and their practice is governed by associations and laws. In many parts of the world, Homeopaths have the same recognition as Medical Doctors.
Millions of people around the world use homeopathy as their first choice of healthcare. The problem is that it works too well. Mainstream medicine has been seriously threatened clinically, philosophically, and economically by homeopaths. Medical Sciences have historically applied pressure on various funding sources so that the homeopathic schools & education had difficulty staying alive. Despite this oppression, homeopathy has survived and continues to flourish throughout the world. This could not have happened if it did not work!
Personally, I would not have used Homeopathy for 19 years on myself, family, friends and pets let alone becoming a Practitioner of this amazing art if it did not work. Now I see magical results everyday in my practice! YES, it does work!
What is the difference between Homeopathy and Naturopathy?
First, let’s look at Naturopathy:
There are a number of definitions of naturopathy that are all different – a medical definition talks about a system of therapeutics where medicinal and surgical agents are not used. In their place is reliance upon natural remedies. Others define naturopathy as a system of natural medicine that focuses on the importance of our lifestyle: fresh air, exercise, sunshine, wholesome diet, pure water, healthy environment, rest and emotional balance.
Naturopathic treatment programs may include:
- Herbal medicine
- Clinical nutrition
- Diet and lifestyle modification
- Australian Bush Flower Essences & Bach Flower Essences
- Massage and bodywork
A Naturopath will have studied bits of all of the above and utililise that knowledge in clinic, usually (but not always) with a focus on diet, gut health and supplements. A Naturopath is often referred to as a GP of Natural Medicine.
What this means is that a Naturopath is NOT a Homeopath! So, if you visit a Naturopath who claims to be a Homeopath, I would suggest you enquire if they have studied degree level homeopathy, as they would only have done a small amount of study on this subject in their studies and are not trained to provide a constitutional homeopathic remedy for a chronic condition.
This also applies in reverse; a Homeopath will have done some study on Nutrition, but cannot call themselves a Naturopath (unless the extra study was done to achieve that status).
Now for Homeopathy………….
Homeopathy is a specialised, complete system of medicine! Homeopaths follow certain laws of healing and cure, quite different from today’s practice of orthodox medicine. It is an approach that utilises medicines that stimulate the body’s own immune and defense system to initiate the healing process. It is an approach that individualises medicines according to the totality of the person’s physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. Unlike any other system of medicine, Homeopathy looks closely at the mental/emotional/spiritual state of a person in the first instance, as this state can affect the physical body, especially with long standing chronic illnesses. It is also an approach that is widely recognised to be safe.
Homeopaths use homeopathic medicines so a homeopath will have a dispensary from which he/she can prepare and dispense medicines – there are approximately 5,000 remedies today to choose from. Most homeopaths would not stock all of these but it goes to show how much is out there. The remedies are prepared from natural substances to precise standards and work by stimulating the body’s own healing power.
What is the difference between conventional medicine and Homeopathy?
Allopathic medicine, the name given to conventional medical practices today, from the root word “allo” meaning other or opposite, is based mainly on the “law of contraries”, or “opposite cures opposite”, hence its “anti” stance when approaching symptoms. The drug categories of anti-biotics, anti-pyretics, anti-inflammatories, anti-hypertensives, etc prove this point. Most conventional medicines go against or have an action opposite to the symptoms that the patient is presenting. In other words, they see that a person’s symptoms are the disease and that simply treating these symptoms is the best way to cure
Your GP, being system and diagnosis oriented, sees each complaint you have as related to an organ or system, i.e. indigestion to the gastrointestinal system, P.M.S. to the hormonal/reproductive system, arthritis to the bones and joints, and so on. So the allopath selects an organ-specific or chemistry-changing drug to suppress the annoying symptoms. Each diagnosis is treated separately and rarely is a connection made between mind and body.
So, even though you may experience relief from the symptoms, such treatment could be compared to trying to unplug a car’s emergency oil light because it is flashing. Although unplugging the bulb is effective in stopping that irritating flashing light, it does nothing to change the reason it is giving its warning. In other words, the symptoms go away (temporarily) but the problem is still there.
Can homeopathy work in conjunction with conventional medicine?
Yes! Most people are on some sort of medication. Homeopathic treatments can still work effectively, however, the more medications you are on, the more complicated the case becomes, since many of your symptoms would be from your medications. Also, remember that your medications are only treating the symptoms, the problem or causation still exists in the body.
Homeopathic treatment is very safe and will not interfere with your medications, however, some medications could interfere with the homeopathic remedy. I will never recommend that you discontinue your medications, this is between you and your GP.
For more information on homeopathic medicines see page on medicines.
How long will it take to see results?
This all depends on the condition you are seeking assistance with. If it is a long standing chronic illness, it could take a while, but then again, I have seen quick recoveries in some people. Also to consider is your age, general health and lifestyle factors. Children in particular respond very well to homeopathic prescribing. I always emphasise that the path to good health and wellness is a journey, there is not one thing that can give a complete quick fix.
How can Homeopathy help me?
All types of chronic illnesses, except surgical cases (however it can assist with recovery after surgery) benefit from homeopathy. Acute illnesses can also be managed successfully. Because the medicines are free from toxic side effects, homeopathy can be used in the treatment of pregnant women, babies, children and nursing mothers and with the elderly (also works well on animals).
Some examples of illnesses commonly treated by homeopathy are:
- coughs, colds, flu, ear infections, sore throats, asthma, hay fever, bronchitis
- digestive and gastric complaints, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome
- PMT, painful or difficult menstruation, menopausal flushes, infertility, low libido
- anxiety, panic attacks, depression
- arthritis, managing auto immune illnesses
- urinary tract infections,
- headaches and migraine
- pediatric problems: colic, teething, bed wetting, ADHD
- children: recurring ear, nose & throat infections, recurring tonsillitis and gastric conditions
- long standing chronic illnesses, always feeling unwell but not really sick.