What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own natural healing ability.
A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individuals specific symptoms and personal level of health.
Homeopathy is one of the most widely used forms of medicine in the world today, because people are discovering the benefits of a system of medicine that is safe, effective and treats them as unique individuals.
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that treats mental, emotional and physical illness.
Homeopathic medicines are chosen to treat the whole person, because homeopaths believe the mind and body operate as one, and you cannot treat one part of the body without affecting the whole. Medicines are chosen to fit all the characteristics of the patient, so physical disorders are considered in relation to the individual’s mental and emotional state.
How Homeopathy Works
"The Law of Similars"
Homeopathy works on a principle known as ‘the law of similars’ or ‘like cures like’. This law states that a substance that can cause a disease can also relieve it. For example, coffee – or Coffea as it is known in Latin – is a stimulant that can cause temporary insomnia.
Coffea may be used in minute potentised (i.e. homeopathic) doses to relieve that insomnia.
Another example is that chopping onions can cause your nose and eyes to run with copious amounts of water. The onion – Allium cepa – can be used homeopathically to treat colds and hayfever where the main symptoms include runny eyes and nose.
The founding father of homeopathy over 200 years ago, the German doctor and chemist Samuel Hahnemann developed the system of medicine we now call homeopathy.
He had a very clear and humane approach to the practice of medicine: “The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.” (Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of Medicine)
How Homeopathic Medicines are Made
To maximise the healing potential of the medicines he used, Hahnemann prepared them in a very specific manner. This involved diluting the substance concerned, then shaking it vigorously with impact. This sequence of actions is known as succussion. A substance can be diluted and succussed many times, and Hahnemann termed this process potentisation. Hahnemann observed that potentisation made the medicines more effective and reduced the likelihood of unwanted effects.Each new homeopathic medicine undergoes a particular process called a ‘proving’. Volunteers or ‘provers’ take the new substance until they experience symptoms. All symptoms that result from taking the substance are recorded in detail. In this way a huge variety of natural substances are tested for their healing and curative properties and can be added to the homeopathic pharmacy. Unlike orthodox drugs, homeopathic medicines are not tested on animals.
Your first consultation with me will usually take up to an hour. You will have completed a full questionnaire beforehand.
Follow-up consultations last between 20 and 45 minutes.
Your practitioner will need to build up a complete picture of your condition, including your past medical history. Prescriptions for acute illnesses, such as fever, vomiting or flu, are usually assessed much more quickly.
You will be asked detailed questions about yourself. To be sure to prescribe the best medicine for your particular problem, your homeopath needs to understand your individual needs. You will be asked about many aspects of your life, such as your emotional state, your sleep patterns and how you cope with stress.
Your homeopath will choose a medicine for you that most closely matches your unique pattern of symptoms.
Homeopathic medicines are usually supplied in tablet, powder or liquid form. As with all medicines, they need to be stored safely and appropriately.Patients often feel a sense of wellbeing, optimism and relaxation after taking their homeopathic medicine. The speed with which you feel relief will depend on the condition being treated. In acute ailments, this can be very fast indeed. In more chronic conditions, your recovery rate will depend on the nature and duration of the illness and on your individual vitality.
Homeopathy for All
Homeopathy can be used effectively by everyone, from babies and children to adults, including women during pregnancy. Homeopathic medicines promote the body’s natural ability to heal. When prescribed appropriately, they are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive. They can be taken alongside drugs prescribed by your doctor and will not interfere with their beneficial action. As your condition improves, you may be able to safely reduce your conventional medication, thereby avoiding the unwanted effects that sometimes accompany the long-term use of drugs.NB: you should always consult with your GP before making changes to your conventional medication.
Finding a qualified homeopath
The Find a Homeopath website lists all registered homeopaths.
Registered homeopaths have had formal training and completed case studies under supervision to achieve the required standard.
I gained my qualification from the Lakeland College of Homeopathy (sadly no longer around) and am registered with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) and bound by the ARH Code of Ethics and Practice.
A 45-minute homeopathic consultation costs £80. Follow-ups usually are shorter.
Children – 20% discount.
Clinic consultations cost an extra £20.
Remedies ordered from a homeopathic pharmacy will be an extra cost.
Do get in touch with any questions.
K.K., CCH, RSHom
Carol Fieldhouse is such a lovely person, caring homeopath ... Her upbeat and relaxed personality and attention to detail when working with clients who may have complex concerns is well appreciated. I highly recommend her services…give her a call and talk to her about your needs. I’m sure you’ll find her to be as warm and professional as I do!
D.C., West Midlands
For over 18 months I had continuous shooting pain in my left heel which prevented me walking my lovely German Shepherd. Constant visits to my GP and many days in tears all to no avail. You helpfully suggested I try xxx remedies which I did and WOW it’s gone. Many many thanks for your help, support and kindness.
I had one very bad attack of Viral Labyrinthitis and a further follow up attack, during which I crashed the car – driving in circles up a multi-storey car park made me giddy. Then I took a course of your pills. I have never looked back and would like to think this was due to your pills. Recently I had suspected Glaucoma with very high pressure in my one eye. Again, I started taking a course of your pills. When I saw the consultant the pressure had dropped significantly.
My 5 year old son has struggled to sleep alone in his own bed since he was a baby. He had recently started to suffer from abdominal pain, headaches and loose stools when I decided to visit Carol. A month later, he was happily sleeping in his own bed and the other symptoms had gone too.
JW, Cumbria (fellow homeopath)
Carol is a wonderful practitioner, who brings a great depth and range of knowledge to her work, along with a calm and caring presence.
I would have no hesitation in recommending her services as a homeopath to others.
I cannot thank Chris and Carol enough for what they have done for my two boys who were covered in eczema, not sleeping for the itching and scratching keeping them awake but after a few weeks they are different boys. I was very skeptical but having tried everything I did not know what to do it was ruling our lives but now things are so much better thank you Chris and Carol.
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