What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complete system of natural medicine. Patients are treated as a whole, not only for the medical complaint they present with. Homeopathic medicines help to stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanism.
Why use Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a natural, safe, gentle and effective system of medicine that can be used to treat everyone including babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly. Patients are prescribed homeopathic medicines based on their unique, individual needs. Homeopathic medicines are safe, non-toxic, and rarely produce unwanted effects. Homeopathy can help for both acute and chronic diseases. Homeopathy can be used alongside other treatments and will not interfere with the beneficial effects of conventional medication. Homeopathy can be used successfully by qualified vets to treat animals including pets, farm animals, competition horses and even wild animals.
Millions of people use Homeopathy
Homeopathy is one of the most commonly used systems of medicine in the world today. In the UK, 12% of the population (equivalent to nearly 8 million) trust Homeopathy. 100 million European citizens use over-the-counter or prescribed homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is available as part of the national health systems in Britain, Germany, France, India and Brazil – 56% of French people use Homeopathy. India leads in terms of number of people using Homeopathy, with 100 million people depending solely on Homeopathy for their medical care. Well over 200 million people around the world use Homeopathy.
Mechanism of action
We do not yet have a scientific explanation to describe how Homeopathic medicines work. This is true of many other things in the world around us, such as how anaesthetics work, or even gravity. It is clear we do not have to fully understand how something works, in order to know that it does work and to benefit from it. Clinical outcomes and over 200 years of use demonstrate that patients benefit from Homeopathic treatment.
The safety of Homeopathy
According to a report in the BMJ, 3% of conventional medical treatments are potentially harmful. Every year, 1 million Britons need hospital treatment because of the side-effects caused by conventional drugs. The European Commission estimated in 2008 that adverse reactions kill 197,000 EU citizens annually, at a cost of €79 billion.
We pay for the NHS via our taxes, so when we are ill, we should receive the treatment option of our choice, which we know works best for our individual needs. Homeopathy was included in the NHS Act of 1948 and is available on the NHS. Two studies recorded the outcomes and costs of treatment by German and French GPs who integrated Homeopathy in their practice, compared with those who did not. The results of the two studies are congruent: GPs who integrated Homeopathy in their practice achieved better results for similar cost. In the UK, the NHS spends just .0001% of its drugs budget on Homeopathy, treating over 40,000 patients a year, who often suffer chronic illness that was previously managed with much more expensive drugs.
Homeopathy and conventional medicine can be used alongside each other when appropriate. Homeopaths do not advise against other medical intervention. Patients are encouraged to make an informed choice. Homeopaths believe that patients should be allowed to make an informed choice about vaccines, or any other medical interventions, based on individual research and knowledge of any familial susceptibility to particular vaccines/medicines. Homeopaths will expect to liaise with other health professionals to ensure the best standard of care for the patient.
Homeopathy is fun to use and easy to learn. With just a handful of remedies even a beginner can make a big difference to everyday health problems. Homeopathic remedies are relatively inexpensive, long-lasting, and safe for all ages. Many of the common ones are available from natural health stores and pharmacies in either 6c or 30c potency. As nearly everyone experiences the same symptoms with first-aid injuries, it is easy to learn which remedy to give for each situation.
About the author: I am a Homeopath, wife and mother of two. My mother is in her 90th year. I am passionate about increasing awareness of alternative treatments that are safe, effective and respectful of the human body at every stage of life.
11 August 2015