Homoeopathy works on the basis that “Like cures like”. Safe, gentle acting remedies made from substances such as plants and minerals are prescribed by the homeopath according to the symptoms experienced by the individual. It is understood which remedy will be required to help a sick person by the symptom response to the remedies when tested on healthy people during a process called Proving. This is how homeopathy tests all of its medicines, so there is no need for animal testing. Once the remedy has been taken by the sick person, the body’s own vital energy is then stimulated to begin the healing process.
Homeopathy treats the individual as a “whole person”, taking account of the personality, mood, circumstances, medical history and diet, as well as the presenting symptoms.
If you decide to go ahead and consult a homeopath, your first consultation will be longer than subsequent ones. At this time, your personal and family medical histories will be taken, and the homeopath will ask you about yourself and your symptoms. Whilst most illnesses cannot be cured over night, you will be likely to begin to feel better and more able to deal with your symptoms fairly soon. It is thought that one month’s treatment should be allowed for each year an individual has had a long-standing ailment. Fairly recent ailments and those which are acute in nature are generally helped more quickly. However, it is important to remember that each person is individual, both in the way illness is experienced and in cure.