FAQ – Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of medicine that is safe, gentle and very effective. It is based on the principle that ‘Like Cures Like’. Homeopathy is used by over 1.5 billion people around the world. The homeopathic remedies that I prescribe will gently encourage & assist your body to heal itself.

Safe: Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, non-addictive & completely safe for everyone – young, old, pregnant women, babies & even if you are already on many other forms of medication.

Ethical: Homeopathic remedies are not tested on animals, nor are they petrochemical based. Instead they have been tested on healthy volunteers.

Empowering: I believe that we all need to take responsibility for our own health. As a homeopath, my goal is to make myself redundant, to return my patients to a balanced state of health that they can maintain themselves most of the time.

Effective: Don’t take my word for this, if you have found that nothing seems to improve the symptoms of your illness, invest in 3 or 4 treatments with me & see a difference.

Why does Homeopathy work?

The body has an innate intelligence. No matter what stresses are placed on it, the body will attempt to remain healthy/balanced. Illness results when the body is unable to retain this balance. Contrary to other systems of medicine, Homeopathy sees your symptoms not as something to be suppressed, but as your bodies attempt to regain health & balance. Our remedies simply assist the body in regaining this balance. One way to  think of illness is that the body is a computer and has had some of it’s software corrupted. The appropriate remedy is a piece of software the body-computer can use to repair itself.

What happens in a consultation?

This takes the form of a conversation between myself & a patient. The first consultation can take anything up to 90 minutes, the subsequent ones tend to be between 45 minutes & an hour. We will discuss the symptoms that brought you to me, your health issues during your life, your families health, any emotional or traumatic events in your life. Some clients find it cathartic, others start making the links between the events in their life & their state of health.

How long will it take for me to feel better?

This is dependent on a number of things:

Your vitality: A young person will generally respond faster to a remedy than an older person

The nature of the condition: A fever is short & intense…a fever remedy should make a noticeable difference within a few minutes. However something like osteo-arthritis is progressive & slow…only becoming apparent after many years. Improvement for this type of condition might only be evident after a few months.

How often should I have appointments?

I usually space appointments around 4-6 weeks apart. This is to give the remedy time to act, & for your body to go through it’s healing. There is usually no point seeing someone more frequently than this. However, It is best not to leave too long a gap between appointments. When you are under my care you will be going through a process, moving from one remedy to another as your symptom picture changes. Too long a gap can make this process very slow & frustrating.

Is there any evidence it will work?

Yes, we have two centuries of anecdotal evidence & thousands & thousands of cured ‘incurable’ cases. For scientific research into homeopathy, please see the Homeopathic Research Institute.

Is it all just placebo?

The placebo-effect is an important part of healing, in the past doctors were judged on their ‘bedside manner’. So part having a good therapeutic relationship certainly aids the healing process, but there is much more going on than just that. Homeopathic prophylaxis for epidemics has been very successfully used over the past two hundred years (most recently in Cuba where 2.5 million people were given homeoprophylaxis against Leptospirosis which proved more effective than the conventional vaccine it replaced). Also babies & animals often respond very strongly to homeopathic remedies.

Are there any side-effects?

No. Homeopathy is an energy medicine, therefore it is not toxic to your body. HOWEVER you may feel uncomfortable symptoms after taking your remedy & this can be for a number of reasons:

Your body is ‘re-balancing’ to a better state of health. Frequently this can involve cold or flu-like symptoms, and perhaps a fever. This rarely lasts very long.
You are very sensitive to the remedy (or homeopathic remedies in general) and are ‘proving’ the remedy. This should cease almost as soon as you stop taking the remedy.
You have been on allopathic medication for a long time.

Can I take homeopathic remedies alongside drugs from my doctor?

Yes, homeopathy is an energy medicine, there will be no chemical interaction between the conventional & homeopathic medication inside your body. However as the remedies begin to heal your body you may need to adjust your medication. For this reason it is recommended that you should inform your G.P when commencing homeopathic treatment.

How much will it all cost?

Homeopathy is a very cheap form of medicine when compared to modern ‘techno-medicine’. In 2016–17, Australia spent nearly $181 billion on health. The remedies themselves, being unpatented, cost about $15, & you probably won’t need to take them for very long. (This isn’t a great business model by the way!)

You should budget for about 4 sessions, & then we can assess your progress.

How Can Homeopathy Be Useful To You?

• It can support your overall well-being. If you are feeling run-down, or have lots of niggling symptoms, homeopathy can boost your energy levels. Often these niggling symptoms will disappear shortly after the treatment.

• It can address specific conditions. For example you might just want treatment for your angina.

• It can support any of your organs or systems that need a bit of help. For example your immune system may be compromised, or your liver not functioning correctly due to toxicity.

• It can address inherited tendencies. For example a heart weakness that runs in your family.

• It can stimulate the elimination of toxicity from your body that has been caused by drugs or environmental factors.

• It can desensitize your body to specific allergens using remedies made from that allergen.

• Homeopathy can heal physical or emotional trauma, even if it was caused many years ago.

• It can provide support in times of stress, helping you prevent the development of the stress related illnesses that are so prevalent today.

• Homeopathy is useful to you from cradle to grave.