What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the early 1800’s. It focuses on the unique characteristics of each individual. Homeopathy addresses every concern that a person has regarding her or his physical body (got any aches and pains?), their emotional balance (get angry yesterday or feel anxious or depressed about life events?), mental well-being (who doesn’t want that with the high levels of stress we all experience) and spiritual evolution (are you looking for a stronger connection to the sacredness of life?).
How Does Homeopathy Work?
It’s simple. Homeopathic remedies are made out of plants, minerals and other organic substances. Some are commonly known (like daisy) while others are rare (like sponge species- not the kind you wash dishes with!). When remedies are made they are diluted in concentration. In fact, the more diluted they are the stronger they become. The remedies themselves do not treat symptoms in the way that drugs do. Instead, they promote your own natural healing processes so that your body heals itself! (Doesn’t that make sense?)
One of the main principles of homeopathy is the law of similars. A remedy that is given to a healthy person will produce certain symptoms. If those same symptoms show up in an ill person, the sick person will come into balance by taking the remedy that produced those symptoms in the healthy person (like cures like). Read it again. At first, it’s a little hard to grasp but it makes sense with a 2nd reading. It is amazing to watch the healing taking place.
What To Expect
A homeopathic consultation takes about 1 - 2 hours. You might wonder why it takes so long. Well, a series of questions are asked that may seem unrelated or irrelevant to your particular discomfort. However, your answers create a picture that point to a specific remedy that will promote a healing response.
You might be asked questions like what kind of dreams do you have, what kind of weather do you like, what’s your favorite food or what hobbies do you have (this, of course, would be in addition to what your main complaints are). At the end of the interview, you may be surprised at what you learn about yourself (for ex. you didn’t realize that you always expected to hear good news- not the usual for some people.) It’s fun and the time will go by quickly (we all like to have someone that sincerely listens to us.)
Not only are your answers important, but how you answer the questions is very specific to you and creates a customized picture of who you are and which remedy will fit you. How does that sound for individualized attention to your needs?
How is homeopathy different from other healing methods?
One of the profound differences about homeopathy is that it works towards total balance. This means that you can take a remedy only once and it can improve your emotional reactions, physical ailments and even how you view the world. This is fundamentally different from the effects of a medication that you must continue to take to have the desired effect, and often leaves the rest of your health in a worse state than before.
It may take a few attempts to find the correct remedy but you deserve the time, care and commitment to live your optimal life.
A 1½ hour homeopathic consultation consists of an exploration of what your discomforts are and who you are as a whole individual. Homeopathy is truly holistic in that the smallest details of your life help point to a remedy that can enhance your health on all levels- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. During your interview you will be asked to describe, in as much detail as possible, the reason why you are seeking a consultation. Your preferences for food, weather and activities will be discussed as well as identifying your fears, dreams, sleep patterns and thoughts in varying contexts. The focus is on supporting and strengthening your natural immune response so that your body heals itself. The goal is to experience an overall improvement in health.