People turn to homeopathy for a multitude of reasons, from wanting to avoid ‘western medicine’ to those looking for a more natural approach to ease their ailments.
The Interchange’s editor, Suzie, visited a homeopath recently and was pleasantly surprised with the results…
I was tired. All the time tired. Exhausted tired. And I couldn’t see a way of not being tired. I have two young children, aged (then) five and seven, and we have my partner’s son stay with us, who’s five, 50% of the time. I also work full time and have a limited family network, due to all of my family living hundreds of miles from where I live. Add to that a stack of other life ‘stuff’ and I was tired.
Now, many people will agree, the stuff above is just life, but I felt my tiredness was starting to wear me down. I’d been tested for a whole host of ‘traditional’ medical ailments, such as having my thyroid tested and for diabetes. But every test came back okay.
This left me with something of a quandary as to how I could beat the tiredness. I also had endless mouth ulcers, which had become a painful, standard addition to my life and another sign I was worn out.
I’m a member of quite a few networking groups and happened to mentioned that I was looking for someone who could give me an overhaul. Several homeopaths were mentioned and I decided to give one a go with no real understanding of what homeopathy was or how it could help.
Here’s what I found out…
What is homeopathy?
It’s a complementary or alternative medicine, based on ideas by a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann in the 1790s. Essentially he came up with the theory that ‘like cures like’ – substances that cause symptoms, might help to remove them.
Homeopathy aims to discover and treat the cause of the problem, as opposed to purely treating the symptoms.
What can homeopathy treat?
According to the NHS, common conditions that are treated with homeopathy include:
- ear infections
- hay fever
- mental health conditions, such as depression, stress and anxiety
- allergies, such as food allergies
- dermatitis (an allergic skin condition)
- high blood pressure
How does homeopathy work?
A homeopath will usually ask you about any specific health conditions, but also ask about your general wellbeing, emotional state, lifestyle and diet.
Based on this, the homeopath will decide on the course of treatment, which most often takes the form of homeopathic remedies given as a pill, capsule or tincture (solution).
Your homeopath may recommend that you attend one or more follow-up appointments so the remedy’s effects on your health can be assessed.
Did homeopathy work for me?
Now this is the part where I have to admit that I didn’t follow through with the whole procedure. I was sent the remedies and I never took them. This was in part because I assumed I’d be given a pill and that would be it each day. But each day there was a different pill of a different dosage and I never seemed to have the time or patience to sit down and figure out what I needed to take and when. I did feed this back to my homeopath.
However, seeing the homeopath undoubtedably made me better, feel more well and less tired. How so? Considering I didn’t take the remedies?
Whilst having my consultation my homeopath asked if I’d like something called a Zygote scan, which looks at which supplements your body is lacking and which is needs to function well. It scanned my entire body and gave a full report of which vitamins and supplements I needed. This was an add on to my session, but I’m so glad I had it.
I was advised to take a probiotic, B12 and large doses of vitamin C. The probiotic has helped my digestive problems – not cured, but helped. The B12 has helped with energy and the vitamin C has altogether stopped the recurrent, endless mouth ulcers I used to have.
Because of this success I do keep thinking to myself I should take the prescribed remedies, as I’m sure they’ll do me wonders. But in the meantime, just taking focused supplements has had an enormous impact.
What does homeopathy cost?
The NHS no longer supports patients who wish to try homeopathy, so it has to be paid for personally. Initial consultations usually cost upwards of £50 and then there’s follows up. The cost of remedies may or may not be included in your initial consultation.
Where can you try homeopathy in our area?
You can start by trying the British Homeopathic Association which has a helpful tool to help you find a local homeopath.
Their websites also have plenty of information on how homeopathy can help.