Homeopathy is a safe and gentle system of medicine which can be used to treat a whole range of conditions - for example colds, flu, digestive disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, headaches, sinusitis, eczema and arthritis to name but a few.
Homeopathic treatment focuses on the whole person whether their presenting complaint is physical, mental or emotional or a combination of these.
Homeopaths use remedies made from substances in the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms. The remedies are given in minute doses. Homeopathy can help everyone from very young babies to elderly men and women and is suitable for use during pregnancy.
Patients coming to a homeopath are given the remedy which most closely matches their individual symptoms. Two patients seeking homeopathic treatment for flu, for example, might require completely different remedies. One person might be very cold, thirsty and want to lie very still. The other might be restless with a fever and no thirst. The Homeopath would prescribe different remedies for each patient.
Patients who are on prescribed medicines can still use Homeopathy as it will not interfere with the action of their medication. Coming off prescribed medicines, however, should only be done under the supervision of your general practitioner or medical specialist.
The first visit to a Homeopath typically lasts an hour to an hour and a half. Subsequent visits are usually shorter. The Homeopath may prescribe a remedy on the spot, particularly if the patient has an acute condition such as a sore throat. Where symptoms have been present for some time - say eczema for example, the Homeopath will often take some time to review the patient's case notes before prescribing the remedy. Visits are usually four to six weeks apart.
It is worth checking with your Health Care Provider as most of them cover Homeopathy.
One in four EU citizens uses Homeopathy. 70% of people reporting positive health changes after homeopathic treatment, even where conventional treatment has had little effect.