What Is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a gentle, yet highly effective system of medicine that uses naturally occurring substances in the form of remedies to stimulate the body’s own healing power. It is suitable for everyone, even sensitive patients, from pregnancy and birth through childhood and adolescence to adulthood and older age.
Benefits of Homeopathy
Patients are treated as individuals, not as a collection of disease labels.
Homeopathy addresses all your symptoms - mental, emotional and physical.
Homeopathic remedies are gentle, subtle and powerful.
How Does It Work? Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Although gentle, the results can be powerful and long lasting. When a remedy is given by a Homeopath it will be an individualised prescription, based on the totality of your symptoms, which will include your physical, mental and emotional state. The remedies are prepared by strictly regulated Homeopathic pharmacies.
What Attracts People to Homeopathy? Homeopathic remedies are particularly appealing to people who prefer a natural approach to health. They are safe to take, have no side-effects, and can be taken at the same time as other prescribed medication, under the supervision of a professional Homeopath. Homeopathy is both cost effective and eco-friendly.
What Can It Treat? Many conditions can be helped effectively by Homeopathy, whether they are the consequences of trauma, short term illnesses or chronic conditions. It would be impossible to list them all, but some of the more common ailments encountered are: stress and anxiety, insomnia, depression, fatigue, headaches, period and fertility problems, pregnancy related conditions, menopause, children's illnesses, ear, nose, throat and eye disorders, digestive and urinary tract problems, respiratory tract illnesses, bone/joint conditions and skin conditions. It may also be effective where there is no specific diagnosis.
What Does A Consultation Involve? When you visit your Homeopath for the first time they will take a very detailed medical history and will also want to understand a little about you as a person. They will want to know all your symptoms, what makes your condition better or worse, for example, as well as other aspects of your life. They are aware that establishing good health involves a thorough understanding of both mind and body, so time is taken to listen to both emotional and physical problems. The first visit will usually last about 30 minutes to an hour. Subsequent visits are usually shorter, depending on the nature of the complaint. The number of consultations needed is difficult to predict – it depends on a number of factors such as the age of the patient, how long the symptoms have been going on and their individual response to the prescription. Your Homeopath will be able to make an assessment when they have listened to the details of your case. Most complaints clear up rapidly; longstanding chronic conditions may take longer to improve although a sense of change should be experienced from the outset.
About Your Remedy Your Homeopath will give you a Homeopathic remedy, either in the form of liquid or small pills which should be allowed to dissolve in your mouth. Please follow your Homeopath’s instructions carefully. Please tell your Homeopath about any medicine or supplement that you take regularly and any dental treatment you may be undergoing. It is recommended that you maintain your relationship with your GP or specialist. When necessary homeopathic and conventional medicine can be used alongside one another to give the most effective and appropriate medical care.
Did You Know? Over 200 million people worldwide and as many as one in four of all EU citizens use homeopathic medicines. Many famous people including writers, actors, artists, musicians, sports stars, scientists, physicians and political and spiritual leaders have chosenHomeopathy. Mahatma Gandhi said of Homeopathy "it cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond all doubt, safer, more economical and the most complete medical science.
Private Health Insurance Rebates Most private health insurance companies provide rebates for appointments with a Registered Homeopath (refer to your policy details).
How Can I Find out More about Homeopathy? See the Irish Society of Homeopaths website below or like our Facebook page for updates on Homeopathy. Some excellent books are available as well as remedy kits which should be used under the supervision of a qualified Homeopath. See ‘The Complete Homeopathy Handbook’ by Miranda Castro, available at good bookshops and on the internet.
About the Irish Society of Homeopaths The Irish Society of Homeopaths (est 1990) works to set and maintain standards for Homeopathy in Ireland. Central to this role is maintaining the register of suitably qualified Homeopaths. After graduation from an accredited four year course, a Homeopath enrols in a one year process of Professional Development related to registration. A Registered Homeopath can use the letters I.S.Hom. after their name.
Contact details for Registered Homeopaths are available from the Society.
The Irish Society of Homeopaths is recognised by the Department of Health and Children and has participated in the National Working Group towards an Irish integrated health system.
How can I find my local Homeopath? See the Irish Society of Homeopaths website below or phone for a list of Registered Homeopaths in your area. The Irish Society of Homeopathsproduces a frequently updated Register of professionally trained homeopaths and can provide the public with their contact details. firstname.lastname@example.org www.irishhomeopathy.ie
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Celebrities such as Paul McCartney, David Beckham, Twiggy, Caprice, Susan Hampshire, Tina Turner, Louise Jameson, Gaby Roslin, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Nadia Sawalha, Jennifer Aniston, Jade Jagger, Roger Daltry, Annabel Croft and Meera Syal, as well as The Queen and Prince Charles, are all users of homeopathy.
One in four EU citizens uses Homeopathic medicines. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that Homeopathy is the second-most used medical system internationally.
Homeopathy is practiced in 41 out of 42 European countries and officially recognized by the National Health Services in a number of countries both within and outside Europe.
Homeopathy is among the three most frequently used CAM therapies in 11 out of 16 surveyed countries in Europe.
Homeopathy is popular in France, UK, Germany, Greece, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa.
Approximately 40% of the French public have used homeopathic medicines.
About 20% of German physicians occasionally utilize these natural medicines, and 45% of Dutch physicians consider them effective.
There are about 1,000 registered homeopaths working in the UK and around 1,000 medical doctors who practice homeopathy. The profession is expanding by 8-9% each year and there are about 20 colleges of homeopathy.
Americans spent $2.9billion on homeopathic medicines in a single year, according to a new study. The same study showed that just under one in four adults in the US and just over one in 10 children under the age of 18 years use CAM.
At present there are nearly 186 homeopathic medical colleges in India. Approximately 35 are government colleges, the rest are managed by private bodies. Homeopathy is the third most popular method of treatment in India, after Allopathy and Ayurveda.
It is estimated that there are about quarter million homeopaths in India. Nearly 10,000 new ones add to this number every year. The legal status of homeopathy in India is very much at par with conventional medicine.