As with many people my first homoeopathic experience involved purchasing a home remedy kit and a home prescribing book, and attending a class followed by classical homoeopathic consultations for my family. My Homoeopath taught me how to manage health issues at home and also showed me the beauty of the deep acting classical prescription. I was so impressed that I undertook to study Homoeopathy.
In the late 1700's a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick, which he called Homoeopathy (from the Greek word meaning "similar suffering").
Homoeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing that gently and safely restores health and vitality to the mind and body by encouraging the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. This makes it an empowering tool for parents in the nurturing and health care of their children.
Homoeopathy recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony and that it is the patient who needs treatment - not the disease.
Homoeopathic medicine is understood to act by stimulating a healing response in the body by way of its similarity to the existing complaint. When choosing a remedy we note the important symptoms experienced by the person and select a remedy with a similar ‘remedy picture'. A very small dose of that remedy is then administered to stimulate healing.
Homoeopathy follows definite scientific laws of preparation, prescription and cure. These medicines have been prepared in a specific way by a potentising or activating process involving dilution and succussion (shaking hard). The potency and dose varies, depending upon each person's individual need, and the medicines are provided in either pilules or drops.
Choosing a remedy to suit the entire person rather than just to treat a few symptoms is known as Constitutional prescribing. Uncomplicated problems are usually treated very effectively with home prescribing, but for recurrent and stubborn emotional or physical symptoms treatment by a qualified Homoeopath will result in a deeper, more sustained result. Chronic long-term illnesses that can be treated include ailments such as insomnia, constipation, menstrual disorders, acne, eczema, sinusitis etc. A medicine prescribed by your Homoeopath covers the state of mind, as well as physical complaints.
Many problems - such as simple first aid, fevers, coughs and colds, tummy upsets and even calming over-excited or fearful youngsters - can be treated effectively with home prescribing using a simple and economical home remedy kit (like the one Saffie uses in the TV show, Absolutely Fabulous). You can use your home remedy kit instead of over-the-counter medications, which often cause adverse reactions.
Most Home Remedy Kits are provided in 6c potency and can be used for any member of the family, including pets, if the symptom pictures correspond. This low potency has a broad action that allows you, for most situations, to choose a remedy from your kit to stimulate a healing response and re-instate good health and a sense of well being. A well-chosen remedy is understood to stimulates a healing response in the body, and after a few doses will may either start to see an improvement OR the remedy picture will change and indicate another remedy is needed to continue the healing.