Frequently Asked Questions
What is homoeopathy?
Homeopathy is a holistic medicine which uses specially prepared, highly diluted substances (in tablet or liquid form) with the aim of triggering the body’s own healing mechanisms underpinned by the principle of 'like treating like'.
A homeopath will prescribe medicines according to the patient’s specific set of symptoms, and how they experience them, taking into account their overall level of health on the physical, emotional, mental and energetic planes. As a consequence, every case is different as no two people are alike and this involves taking time to build a strong and trusting therapeutic relationship.
What do homeopaths mean by 'treating like with like'?
The foundation stone of Homeopathy is the principle of “like treats like”. This means that a substance which may cause symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in tiny amounts to treat similar symptoms. For example, slicing a raw onion may cause a person to have watery, stinging eyes and perhaps a runny nose too - very similar to having a cold or hayfever. Using the 'like treats like' principle, when red onion (Allium Cepa) is made into a homeopathic medicine, it may then be used to treat people suffering from these symptoms, stimulating the body to heal.
Is homoeopathy safe?
Homoeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world with over 200 million people use it worldwide...
Homoeopathic remedies mostly come from natural substances including from plants, minerals and animals. Regulated homeopathic pharmacies prepare the remedies from the original substance which is then repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken firmly).
This process ensures that the remedies are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive.
Remedies can be prescribed across all ages, including babies, during pregnancy and can be safely used alongside drugs prescribed by your doctor without interfering with their action.
How long does homoeopathic treatment last?
After your initial consultation you will be sent a remedy to take and a follow-up appointment will be booked approximately 4-6 weeks later (depending up the presenting symptoms). A well chosen remedy often stimulates change fairly quickly although chronic, on-going conditions will require several appointments over a number of months to reach a place of better balance.
Some people have two or three appointments and feel that homoeopathy has done what they needed from it. Others continue to consult with their homoeopath over a number of years, keeping their system regularly maintained and their ever changing states cared for. Every person is different, there is no 'one approach fits all'.