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aboutHomeopathy and Homeopaths Homeopathy
is a system developed by Samuel Hahnemann
towards the end of the 18 th century, based on
the understanding that healing comes from within,
from the body’s innate self-healing forces.
These forces are to be stimulated by certain substances
that would actually cause respective disease if
given in a high doses; intending to heal an illness
with its equal substance....
is a system developed
by Samuel Hahnemann towards
the end of the 18 th century,
based on the understanding that
healing comes from within, from
the body’s innate self-healing
forces. These forces are to
be stimulated by certain substances
that would actually cause respective
disease if given in a high doses;
intending to heal an illness
with its equal substance.
It uses plants, minerals, and
some animal remedies, prescribed
on the principle that "Like
cures like". This is called
the simile principle. The word
"homoeopathy" is derived
from the Greek words "homoios"
meaning like or similar, and
"pathos" meaning suffering.
Homeopathic remedies work by
stimulating the bodys own healing
power. This stimulus will assist
your own system to clear itself
of any expressions of imbalance.
The aim is to get you to a level
of health so that eventually
you will need infrequent treatment.
the UK, homeopathic remedies
may be sold over the counter.
The UK has five homeopathic
hospitals where treatment, funded
by the National Health Service,
is available and many regional
clinics. Homeopathy is not practised
by most of the medical profession,
but there is a core of public
support, including from the
English royal family.
to expect from a practitioner
The first consultation with
a homeopath should last between
one and two hours. You'll be
asked detailed questions about
your physical, mental and emotional
health, lifestyle, preferences
On the basis of this information,
the therapist will determine
your constitutional 'type' and
classify your symptoms to select
the best remedy for you.
'Classical' homoeopaths prefer
to use just one remedy at a
time and observe its effects.
Other homeopaths use complex
homeopathy - combinations of
remedies that may also contain
herbs. The remedies are given
as small pills, tablets, granules
or in liquid form.
Remedies should be taken half
an hour before or after eating
or drinking. Coffee, tea and
peppermint (including mint-flavoured
toothpaste) should be avoided,
as these can affect a remedy's
potency. The remedies shouldn't
be handled but popped directly
on or under the tongue and allowed
Homeopathic remedies are usually
only taken for a short time
and it's not unusual to feel
slightly worse before you start
to feel better. This is known
as the 'healing crisis' and
is thought to be a sign that
the body is trying to re-balance
One or two shorter follow-up
visits may be required to check
you have the right remedy and
that it's working. Benefits
should be obvious within a few
days. For long-term conditions,
more consultations may be needed.
The practitioner may also recommend
some dietary and lifestyle changes.