Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own natural healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health.
Homeopathy (also spelt homoeopathy or homœopathy) is a form of complementary medicine based on the idea of treating ‘like with like’ (often quoted in Latin, ‘Similia similibus curentur’). When prescribing a homeopathic medicine, a homeopathic doctor looks for a substance which can produce an illness matching the one from which the patient is suffering.
Other key features of homeopathy include holism, constitution, idiosyncrasy and the use of the minimum dose. Holism means that in deciding which homeopathic treatment to use one considers, not just the illness but all aspects of the person who has it, even if there is no obvious link. Constitution means the type of person, including build, personality, general physical features, for instance whether they tend to feel the heat or the cold and susceptibility: the sort of illnesses to which that person is prone. Idiosyncrasy means what is unusual or atypical about the person or the health problem from which they suffer.
This is why homeopaths ask questions which may seem irrelevant: What kind of food do you like or dislike? Are you tidy or messy? Is there any time of day when you feel particularly good or bad? and so on.
Practitioners discuss why they use homeopathy
The Snooks were launched to celebrate Homeopathy Awareness Week (14-21 June 2014). These 3 short animamations give provide a basic introduction to homeopathy.
The Snooks take you on a journey to discover the benefits of homeopathy and what to expect as a patient when seeking professional, individualised homeopathic treatment.
What do the patients say?
Emily Maguire is an English singer-songwriter and musician. She was involved in a car crash when she was 17 and sustained a whiplash injury which triggered a condition that affects the nervous system and results in chronic pain (fibromyalgia). This affected her mobility for years and in her early 20s she had to give up work and was registered disabled. It was then that she attended the RLHIM. In September 2011, The Guardian ran an online poll ‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ which inspired Emily to write on her website about her experience …
Emily’s Blog [30.08.11]
‘Should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS?’ That’s the question asked on The Guardian website today. Apparently most of the evidence in favour of homeopathy is purely anecdotal. This apparently means it can be summarily dismissed.
The reason I’m writing this is because I am an anecdote.
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia pain syndrome in my teens, and told it was a permanent and incurable condition I would have to accept and learn how to manage. For the next 10 years I was in constant pain from muscle spasms all over my body. By the time I got my first guitar aged 21, I was on walking sticks and registered as disabled. I couldn’t work and needed care so I lived on incapacity benefit and disability living allowance.
I was an inpatient 3 times at the Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath and tried every alternative therapy under the sun.
Finally I went to see Dr Peter Fisher, a consultant rheumatologist at what was then called the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. Within one month of taking the homeopathic remedy he prescribed me, the pain was gone.
It is difficult to convey exactly what ‘pain-free’ feels like, after 10 years of constant pain. I don’t know how or why the homeopathy worked. I just know that for me, it did.
So should homeopathic treatments be available on the NHS? I had just 2 appointments with Dr Fisher. With a supposedly permanent, incurable illness, I believe I would have cost the state far more in hospital stays, outpatient appointments, pain-relieving medication, not to mention DSS benefits in all the years that followed, if he had not treated me so successfully and allowed me to get on with my life.
Anyway that’s my story.
For more about Emily visit her website: www.emilymaguire.com