What is homeopathy?
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Those who practice it use tiny amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals with a goal of stimulating the healing process.
It was developed in the late 1700s in Germany and is commonly used in India and many European countries.
Homeopathy embraces a holistic approach, treating the whole person and taking into account personality, lifestyle and hereditary factors, as well as the history of the disease. Since all people are unique, homeopathic medicines are prescribed to treat individuals.
How is homeopathic medicine administered?
Homeopathy is based on the idea that a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people; this doctrine is called similia similibus curentur, or “like cures like.”
Homeopathic remedies are prepared in a specific way by a potentising or activating process involving dilution and succussion (shaking hard). Homoeopathic medicines are provided in either pilules or drops. The potency and dose vary depending upon each person’s individual need.
How do homeopaths approach their work?
If you’re interested to read more about the way homeopaths approach the care of their clients, registered homeopath Sarah Penrose presents a case study on how she was able to assist a two-year-old with autism who was suffering from frequent bouts of croup, colds and coughs. This story has been shared with the permission of the family and has been reviewed by other homeopaths to ensure best practice within the profession.
Here is a brief excerpt from her case study (which can be read in full here).
Jack was almost two years old in September 2016 when his parents sought homeopathic medicine for his frequent croup, colds and coughs which had begun deteriorating into pneumonia, resulting in three courses of antibiotics and two stays in hospital.
Jack’s paediatrician had concerns of autism as Jack would cover his ears and hide when excited. He wasn’t engaging with people – preferring to watch instead. He didn’t speak, was always running around, never walking and could not be touched, approached or consoled when upset. Jack loved being outside, reading books and watching T.V. …
August 2019 – Jack has not had croup, pneumonia or antibiotics since September 2016. Jack has reached, met and surpassed all of his school learning goals. His occupational therapist has identified fine and gross motor skills as improving and his speech therapist reports Jack is doing exceptionally well. Jack’s paediatrician gives a downgraded diagnosis of mild autism.
Sarah has over a decade of experience and continues to study, currently with the prestigious International Academy of Classical Homeopathy – the only postgraduate homeopathic medicine course adopted by several medical universities from around the world.
While the western medical system in Australia states that there is insufficient evidence to support homeopathy, there are international studies that are being undertaken to build an evidence base. Many of these studies can be found in the journal of the Brazillian Medical Association (Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira) which dedicated Volume 64, Issue 2 to Homeopathy.
There is also anecdotal evidence from the families who work with Sarah…
For more information about homeopathy or to find out how you can work with Sarah, please head to Good Health for Great Life.
This post was sponsored by Good Health for Great Life.