Homeopathy

homeopathyHomeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient.

It is based on the principle of “like cures like” – that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to treat those same symptoms in illness. For example, one remedy that might be considered in a person suffering from insomnia is Coffea (coffee), known to cause sleeplessness.

 

Consultation and fees

During the consultation, I will ask lots of questions to build up a complete picture, taking into account a wide variety of factors such as symptoms from different parts of the body, medical history, personality traits, stress triggers, likes and dislikes, and dreams.

The aim is always to understand what is unique about you, and about the way your body and mind express themselves. I then choose a medicine (which homeopaths call a remedy) out of a possible pool of many thousands.

Because I am looking at the whole picture, 10 patients who come for a consultation for the same illness, for example, hay fever, are each likely to need a different homeopathic medicine.

For adults, the initial consultation will last up to two hours, and for children, up to an hour and a half. After the consultation, I will analyse your case before deciding on a prescription, which I will then make arrangements with you to pick up.

Subsequent consultations take up to 45 minutes, and at these sessions we will be evaluating how symptoms have changed and deciding on the next step in treatment. The first follow-up will usually be four to five weeks after the first, with appointments becoming less frequent as progress is made.

Fees:

The fee package includes all homeopathic remedies prescribed, and interim phone consultations while treatment is ongoing, including prescribing for acute ailments as needed.

First consultation: €90
Each follow up thereafter: €50

 
THE CONSULTATION
consultationWhat are the goals of homoeopathic consultations?

The goal is to get you to a level of health, balance and freedom from limitations where you feel really well for long periods of time.

Why do I want you to give me so much information?

Constitutional homoeopathy focuses on the individual who feels unwell, rather than individual ‘unwellness’. Hence a detailed understanding of you is fundamental to choosing an appropriate homoeopathic remedy.

My task is to come as quickly as possible to an in-depth understanding of you. The more you can describe your symptoms and state in your own words, the better – and the fewer the questions! Any questions that are asked are simply to clarify details and help in improving this understanding of you as a whole.

HOW MANY CONSULTATIONS?

How many appointments are necessary?
Your total picture of long-term characteristics and symptoms may not emerge fully from the first consultation, so two or three appointments at monthly intervals may initially be needed. Once a remedy has begun to act deeply, even in deep and complex cases, we may not need to meet for a much longer time – it’s not good to interfere once a remedy is working well. But even after you are feeling consistently better it can be useful to have a check-up occasionally, to verify progress and try to forestall possible future problems. In simpler maladies and in acute conditions results can begin quite quickly and dramatically, and only one or two brief follow-ups may be needed.

Can homoeopathy work in more complex or chronic cases and how long does it take?
In more complex cases homoeopathic treatment is like ‘peeling away the layers of an onion’. Briefly, this means that we build up layers of symptoms or pathology as a response to certain stresses we go through in life. These ‘layers’ are laid down and can be ‘peeled away’ effectively with homoeopathic remedies. During treatment old symptoms may come up (but with each successive remedy you are healthier so they will not be as severe as in the past). This recurrence may just be a good sign or the indication for a new remedy to be given.

Even some hereditary tendencies can be addressed with homoeopathy, but in these deep or chronic problems the process may be gradual and more consultations may be needed, and other treatment needed beside homoeopathy.

How can I be involved in my own treatment?
You don’t have to believe in homoeopathic remedies in order for them to work (we treat babies and there are homoeopathic vets). But in order to select the correct remedy and for the treatment to continue to act, it is really helpful for you to give the process a good try!

You can help by:

Describing your symptoms as completely and honestly as you can, noting any changes after you take the remedy – keeping written notes can be helpful and jog your memory at your follow-up consultations: please report general changes as well as specific ones telling me any concerns or questions you may have while on the remedy – the aim is to create the best possible circumstances for the rediscovery of health above all, realising that this is a gradual process which is really a commitment to your long-term well-being.

How will we decide that your response to the remedy is going in the right long-term direction?
Homoeopaths have, through nearly 200 years of experience, developed quite detailed means of assessing progress towards health via established patterns.

For your part, you want the problems you have come with to clear up, and they should. But we want to see overall improvements as well as the specific ones. Your degree and rate of improvement will be partly determined by the level of stresses and obstacles to recovery in your life.

We are looking for improvement on the physical, emotional and mental levels, and in general energy.

What happens if the symptoms seem to return?
If you had a good response to a remedy and then after a few weeks or months a relapse seems to occur, do not get disappointed or discouraged at this point and feel that homoeopathy is not working for you – this situation may mean a new remedy is indicated as a ‘layer’ of symptoms from the past has come up and needs to be addressed.

This is just a phase during the process of getting you to a consistently good state of health. It is often the moment to arrange another appointment: we may decide either to wait a few days to see if your system re-balances itself, or that the remedy needs repeating, or that it may be time for a new prescription.

THE REMEDIES

remediesWhere are the remedies from?
The remedies are derived from the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms. There are many thousands now available, though many prescriptions are made from a narrower range of 200-300 remedies. They are prepared in established homoeopathic pharmacies.

More details about various remedies can be found in the books listed at the end of this text.
How can a few doses do anything or last a long time?

The remedies are highly potentised – they are prepared by what is called dilution and succession and dropped on to tiny lactose granules to make absorption of the dose easier. It is thought that they simply catalyse or trigger a response by the body on an energetic level, rather than effect any chemical change. The remedy helps the body develop a natural positive momentum towards well-being.

What will interfere with the remedy working?

This is quite a controversial topic! Opinions vary greatly, particularly concerning coffee and peppermint! It seems best to avoid camphor products and concentrated highly aromatic essential oils.

Generally speaking, massage, cranial osteopathy and other gentle treatments and medications do not interfere with homoeopathy.

 
OTHER POINTS
Is there any advice about diet and lifestyle?

A good diet and a sensible balance between work, exercise and rest are of course essential for a healthy body. Any advice about diet and exercise is tailored to your individual need in terms of your vitality, age and various environmental factors. We want to deal with any ‘obstacles’ in your life, for example food and pollutant sensitivities and too many processed foods, as well as emotional factors, so that the homoeopathic remedy can work as well as possible. You may well find that when your body and mind is healthy your lifestyle and energies will become balanced as positive changes occur in all aspects of your life.

What about acute problems?

Homoeopathic remedies can be given in acute problems too. If you are already having a homoeopathic remedy, mild problems may be found to clear up on their own, but if you are unsure or the symptoms are becoming worse please contact me for advice. If your symptoms are severe or new or puzzling or worrying, telephone immediately to your GP.

 

What illnesses can homeopathy help?

homopathyRandomised controlled trials (RCTs) are the gold standard for conventional medicine. Because the use of homeopathy is used based on individuals rather than disease labels, it does not tend to perform well in these tests. However, systematic reviews analysing results from several RCTs that investigated the homeopathic treatment of a given medical condition have reported positive conclusions to support the use of homeopathy in: allergies and upper respiratory tract infections, childhood diarrhoea, influenza, post-operative ileus, rheumatic diseases, seasonal allergic rhinitis and vertigo.

Clinical studies have also shown good results – a service evaluation at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital recorded the outcome of homeopathic treatment in over 6,500 consecutive patients. In this study, carried out over a six-year period, 70 per cent of patients reported an improvement in their health. The best clinical results were seen in the treatment of children with eczema and asthma, and adults with inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal problems and migraine. Other conditions which improved after homeopathic treatment included arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

A German study involving 493 patients seen in general practice found that treatment by a homeopath gave better outcomes than conventional treatment for similar costs. This study was commissioned by a German health insurance company to see whether they should continue to cover homeopathic treatment. The outcomes and costs of homeopathic and conventional treatment were compared in patients being treated for chronic conditions including headache, low back pain, depression, insomnia and sinusitis in adults, and atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and asthma in children.

What about seeing a GP?

Homoeopathy is complementary to the health care that is available. Please maintain your relationship with your doctor. Your GP can also arrange for you to have any blood tests or X-rays that may be needed or refer you to a specialist. A doctor is an essential resource!

 

 

 

Killarney Healing Therapies