One of homeopathy’s strongest points, in my view, is that it treats the person rather than the disease. If you have arthritis, it treats you with your arthritis rather than the disease arthritis. So a homeopath can focus on your own particular symptoms, the idiosyncracies of your arthritic condition – what makes it better or worse, where it is located, when it started, your pain threshold, your personality.
All these factors will lead a homeopath to potentially different remedies. We have over 50 for treating arthritis, for example – my job is find the one, or few, that are just right for you.
Homeopathy can be used for all ages. The remedies, made from plants, minerals, metals and a host of other substances, work by kick-starting or stimulating the body’s own natural ability to heal itself.
Babies benefit particularly from remedies (and are also proof that it works – placebo doesn’t work on babies!). We can help treat a wide spectrum of problems from cradle cap to colic to constipation.
In older children, as well as helping with most childhood ailments, homeopathy can deal with more psychological issues such as bedwetting or excessive nervousness or behavioural problems. Children who have regular homeopathic treatment need to make fewer visits to their GP, and homeopathy not only helps the ailment being treated, it also builds up a child’s immune system for later life.
In adulthood homeopathic remedies are a gentle, non-addictive, non-toxic alternative to drugs. They are marvellous for hormonal changes, such as puberty and menopause. And as we age they can help maintain longterm problems in balance, such as thyroid conditions and diabetes, reducing side effects and often even preventing the problem from worsening.
In pregnancy there is a course of remedies to help the baby develop and progress healthily, providing the minerals they need at specific points in their growth – and make sure you aren’t wiped out providing for that growth!
The problem with many drugs is that they work by managing a condition rather than by curing it. Steroid creams, for example, can make eczema disappear miraculously. But all too often the body responds by doubling its energy to produce eczema! As soon as you stop applying cream the problem comes back with a vengeance.
Homeopathy is not suppressive in this way. It looks into the causes of people’s illnesses to get to the heart of why they are sick.
If someone comes to me with hayfever, my aim would be not just to manage their streaming eyes and sneezing but to help their body heal itself so they no longer have hayfever.