Homeopathy is personalised medicine
Homeopathy has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks but the form that we know it today, was created by Samuel Hahnemann just over 200 years ago. It has been shown through many case studies throughout this time to be a very effective form of healing. It stimulates the body’s own ability to heal itself bringing about deep healing on a holistic and energetic level.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that utilises the concept of like cures like. This means that a substance that is given to a healthy person creates a set of symptoms. These symptoms are carefully recorded and form what is referred to a remedy picture. This remedy picture can then be used to treat the same symptoms occurring in a sick person.
Homeopathy uses an individual approach to healing that involves the selection of a homeopathic remedy that matches the individual set of symptoms displayed by the patient. So it may be that different remedies are required for different people even though they may appear to have the same illness.
The whole person needs to be considered to arrive at an effective prescription, not just the presenting complaint. Because of this, the homeopath may ask questions that are seemingly unrelated to your health issue. The need to find out symptoms that identify you as an individual with an illness, rather than just a disease process, will help the homeopath to arrive at the correct homeopathic remedy or simillimum as it is known.
Individual symptoms that aid in matching a particlular remedy to you as a totally unique person may include things like –
- your prefernce for hot or cold weather
- are you a morning person or a night owl?
- are you thirsty or not?
- can you chill out easily or must you do something continuously?
- are you tidy or messy?
- does it irritate you when the pictures are not straight on the wall?
- do you have ticklish feet?
The list is actually endless but you will understand that they have nothing to do with your pain or blocked nose or whatever it is that you have come to seek treatment for. Without these sort of symptoms, it is very hard to match a remedy to you and produce the outcome desired.
There may also be things in your past that help to elucidate the remedy. This may be a past illness or an experience that has left a lasting impact on your life. It may take a few visits to your homeopath until you feel comfortable in relating something that you may have successfully kept hidden for years. But this is part of holistic healing.
There is no this for that in Homeopathy. Although many of you may know of first aid treatments using homepathic remedies, there is still an element of individualisation that needs to be noted for the prescription to be successful.
Other ways of describing the process include mind/body medicine or psychosomatic medicine. The bottomline is that homeopathy seeks to balance the whole person in a very individualised way.
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