Joanna Hazelton MARH RHom
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by well over 200 million people worldwide. In many countries across the globe it is an integral part of the countries’ health for instance in India more than 100 million people depend solely on homeopathy for their healthcare. This makes homeopathy the second most used medicine in the world.
Homeopathy treats both acute and chronic conditions, physical, emotional and mental. It has a unique set of principles that form the basis of its application as a healing modality. These principles are rooted in two centuries of research and clinical experience. Homeopathic treatment offers anyone in need of health care the potential of a deep and gentle return to health without side effects.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of 'like cures like’. Simply put this means that any substance, which produces distinct symptoms in a healthy person, can ease similar symptoms in a person who is sick. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to the principle of ‘like cures like’, when coffee made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollens are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients. However, one major difference with homeopathic medicines is that substances are used in ultra-high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic, without side effects. These highly diluted, energized homeopathic medicines are carefully chosen to match the individual state of the patient.
Fundamentally homeopathy is a very powerful healing tool that stimulates the body’s innate energy system, its “Vital Force”, to rid itself of illness and promote homeostasis - balanced health.
Homeopathy concentrates on treating the individual rather than the disease and is safe for all ages. It looks to address the causes of acute or chronic disease by what is uniquely characteristic to the individual patient and their condition. Patients turn to homeopathy for a wide range of complaints such as; hay fever, migraine, skin complaints, menstrual and menopausal problems, fatigue and depression, seasonal complaints [coughs, colds, etc.], acutes [fever, childhood viruses, stings, bites….], support through recovery period from trauma, injury, rehabilitation or operations. It is also used as an additional support alongside allopathic interventions, because of the high dilutions homeopathic medicine rarely interacts with pharmaceutical medications.
Some well known people who use and support homeopathy are:-
The Queen is patron of the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine [formerly the London Homoeopathic Hospital].
Prince Charles, Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Susan Hampshire, Tina Turner, Louise Jameson, Gaby Roslin, Jude Law, Sadie Frost,Nadia Sawalha, Jennifer Aniston, Roger Daltry, Olivia Newton John, Jenny Seagrove and Helena Bonham Carter.