What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a gentle and effective system of medicine which uses small doses of natural medicines to stimulate the body’s innate healing capacity. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ which means a substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person can alleviate those same symptoms in a person who is unwell.
A homeopath recognises that all symptoms of ill-health are expressions of inner disharmony. That it is the individual who needs treatment, not the diagnosis. The homeopath strives to perceive each patient’s individual physical, mental and emotional nature to gain a holistic understanding of the whole person. A homeopathic remedy is prescribed which simultaneously addresses all levels. This approach offers long acting results by resolving the root cause of illness, and stimulating a full return to balance, health and vitality.
Homeopathic medicines are safe: they are known to be non-allergenic, non-toxic, and free of side effects. They are prepared from herbal, mineral, and animal substances by homeopathic pharmacies, under strict guidelines.
What does a consultation involve?
During your first consultation (60 – 90 minutes) we will take an in-depth look at your complete picture of health to build up an understanding of how your system is out of balance. I will ask you to describe your symptoms in specific detail – how and when your symptoms started, what makes them better or worse. Also about your past medical history, family history, temperament, emotional state, current life situation, diet, favourite foods/ foods that aggravate, fears, sleep patterns etc. A homeopathic medicine is then prescribed to match your full symptom picture. Often this is one single remedy.
Follow-up consultations (30-45 minutes) are recommended every 4-6 weeks until health is restored. This review allows us to assess your reaction to your last prescription. Depending on your reaction, we can then either revise and adjust your prescription as necessary or enhance and optimise your treatment.
I also consult for acute conditions (20-30 mins). Acute health problems are ones which eventually get better on their own, but sometimes our system needs a little help e.g. common cold, flu or food poisoning. An individually tailored homeopathic remedy can reduce the severity of symptoms and decrease the duration of the acute. Homeopathy is also highly effective in the treatment of common ailments such as bruises, inflammation, minor burns and skin reactions such as insect bites or allergic reactions.
How long does treatment take?
The time this process takes will depend upon your level of health and vitality when you commence treatment. First improvements are usually seen within the first month, with significant progress occurring over the first 3 months of treatment. Deep, chronic problems which have developed over a long period of time may need a number of remedies before health is fully restored.
I recommend committing to at least 3 consultations to give the process a chance, and get the best possible results. During this time you should experience a reduction and improvement in your symptoms. Frequency and severity of symptoms should reduce, and should be having a less negative impact on your life. You may experience a return of old symptoms – this is a good sign as the body works through the root causes. If you do experience a return of old symptoms, this is usually very short-term and easily manageable.
Once you have completed 3 consultations and prescriptions you will either have 1) fully improved and require no further treatment 2) your symptoms will have improved but some further short-term treatment is required or 3) your symptoms are too deeply ingrained to cease treatment at this stage and continued treatment is required.
This can vary due to individuality as some people (particularly children) respond much quicker than others. If symptoms reappear in the future I recommend getting in touch as this it indicates that top up treatment is required.
Provider:: Eileen Conneely