WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats the individual using highly diluted substances that trigger the body's natural healing mechanisms.
That’s a bit of a long definition and maybe doesn’t help you to know how homeopathy can help you. It may be helpful to you if it’s broken down.
System of medicine
You may have heard of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine and Ayurverdic Medicine. These are different systems for treating ill health, each based on its own theories, beliefs and principles. Homeopathy is another system of medicine. The system of medicine practised by your GP is called Allopathy.
Treats the individual
As you probably know, there are many different symptoms that women may experience when going through the menopause. A homeopath will want to know exactly which symptoms you are experiencing in order to tailor treatment specifically to your needs. Ten different women could each see the same homeopath for help with the menopause, and each could be prescribed a different homeopathic medicine to meet her needs. Homeopathy is definitely not “one-size-fits-all”!
Highly diluted substances
Homeopathic medicines are made from natural substances that have been highly diluted in a special process called “potentisation”. This process ensures that all toxic elements are removed from the substance ensuring that homeopathic medicines are safe, free from harmful side effects and highly effective.
Triggers the body’s natural healing mechanisms
All that the homeopathic medicine does is prompt your body to put itself right. Menopause is not a disease (although it may feel like one at times!); it is a natural stage in a woman’s life. With the right trigger, your body can rebalance itself and menopause symptoms can become a thing of the past.
What to expect when you see a homeopath
In order to find the best homeopathic medicine to suit your individual needs, a homeopath will need to take a full history from you. Your history will normally include all illnesses, accidents, hospitalisations, medications; major events; diet preferences and what makes you “tick” as a person. In addition, you will be asked about the symptoms you currently have and how they are affecting your life. The first consultation usually lasts between one to one-and-a-half hours.
Follow-up consultations usually occur at four-weekly intervals. This allows time for the medicine to take effect. When you see your homeopath this time, you will have the opportunity to let them know what has improved and what you would still like to change. Follow-up appointments normally take one-half to one hour.
If you would like more information on homeopathy, please visit http://www.thealternativealternative.com/index.htm?menu=homeopathy where you can organise a free, no-obligation, introductory consultation.
Kim Campion MA, MCPH, RSHom, AAMET
Advanced EFT Practitioner