Does Homeopathy really work?
For those who aren’t really clear on what homeopathy is or have questions about how it works, it’s natural to have questions about it. From my experience in practice, these are the top questions people ask and my responses……
Doesn’t homeopathy take a long time to work?
It depends on how you view ‘a long time’
Let’s say you can either have instant relief from a chronic illness but will spend the rest of your life on medication, or you can get better more slowly but with a treatment that doesn’t just manage your condition but focuses on its root cause.
Would the speed of finding relief be a deal-breaker?
Homeopathy can be slow or fast in helping your body heal itself, depending on the nature of your illness. If it’s an acute ailment (like a sore ear or sore throat) you could be on the mend within a few days or even hours. If it’s a chronic disease, (like irritable bowel syndrome or arthritis) it’ll need more time to heal because the changes that have occurred in your body didn’t happen overnight. Homeopathy will support your body to heal at a pace is comfortable with and will therefore take time.
Homeopathy is a process, as it works on the underlying cause of your illness. While you will often notice a response quite quickly, healing takes time. The length of treatment depends on many factors, such as the nature of your illness, whether it’s acute or chronic, your medical history and what personal circumstances have contributed to your condition.
Remedies have side effects and can’t be used alongside conventional medicine
Homeopathic remedies not only work but are natural, gentle and safe and have no side effects.
They are safe to use alongside conventional medicine and as they work in a different way they do not interfere with other medication. It is important that you inform your GP if you are on homeopathic medicine and that you stay on your prescribed medications unless otherwise agreed with your doctor.
Have you worked with my condition before?
Having worked as a homeopath for almost 20 years, I have worked to improve many different conditions in men, women and children. However, the beauty of homeopathy is that I don’t need to have worked with a particular condition before, to be able to help you.
Homeopathy treats the person, not the disease. While the name of your condition will give us indications of typical symptoms, in homeopathy we want to know specifically how it affects you – your symptoms. The prescription is then made based on this, not on a one-pill-fits-all basis.
This approach is invaluable for people who are experiencing symptoms that may not be typical of that particular ailment. By seeing each person as an individual, each prescription is unique to every one who seeks support.
Homeopathy only work because the patient thinks it does
The placebo effect!
What are the chances of being able to “think away” a painful injury, or infection? How long would even the most positive thinkers among us be able to keep that going?
Surely a therapy that based itself on a deception wouldn’t survive very long, and yet Homeopathy has been around over 200 years. Remedies have worked for babies and even animals, neither of whom have the ability to enable the placebo effect. Indeed, clinical studies have tested homeopathic remedies against actual placebos. It didn’t end well for the placebos…
There’s no science behind it.
Samuel Hahnemann, who created homeopathy, was a German doctor and chemist who developed homeopathic remedies using a method called ‘potentisation’.
While certain substances remedied certain conditions, their toxic side-effects frustrated Hahnemann. He found that if he diluted certain substances to create remedies, while shaking these hard, and diluting them to remove their toxins, the shaking released and amplified their healing qualities.
Now, two hundred years later, homeopathy is practised in 170 countries, and homeopathic medicines are prepared in pharmacies or laboratories using exacting procedures.
In his book, Homeopathic Science and Modern Medicine (The Physics of Healing with Microdoses), Harris Coulter describes 50 years of trials that have confirmed homeopathy’s effectiveness.
Can you still help me even though I can’t visit your practice?
Definitely! I practice in Redhill and Oxted, but work with clients all over the world via Skype, Zoom and video calls.
Do you think homeopathy will become popular?
It already is! Homeopathy is currently growing at a rate of 20 per cent a year.
More than 200 million people around the world use homeopathy, with countries such as Switzerland have included homeopathy in their national health systems.
In the UK, some six million people use homeopathy, guided by 400 doctors and around 1,500 professional homeopaths.