Founded in the late 1700s in Germany by Dr Samuel Hahnemann Homeopathic medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice founded on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. It views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body as it attempts to regain health. Its intent is to strengthen the human body in a natural way, in order to relieve health disorders.
Based on the idea that "like cures like", Homeopathy believes that a substance which causes a symptom in a healthy person, when given to a sick person in a homeopathic dose can enhance the body's normal healing and self-regulatory processes. Suitable for use in all age groups, it provides excellent side-effect free treatment for a wide range of acute and chronic diseases.
In Homeopathy the individual is viewed as a functional entity composed of three parts - physical (body), emotional (feeling) and mental (cognition) elements. Combined these elements speak to the uniqueness of every individual and each illness within them. Therefore, each Homeopathic treatment is unique and tailored to each patient.
Homeopathy has been incorporated into the daily practice of many different types of health workers, from medical doctors through to dentists, vets (for our furry friends), pharmacists, podiatrists, osteopaths, nurses and midwives because of its effectiveness in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. See The Faculty of Homeopathy for research evidence of the effectiveness of Homeopathy as a treatment protocol.
What conditions does Homeopathy treat?
A wide range of illnesses can be treated using Homeopathy and it can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine. It rarely triggers side effects so is safe for people of all ages.
Homeopathy is most often used within treatment for chronic conditions that have not responded to conventional medical treatment, such as eczema, arthritis, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic rhinitis, multiple sclerosis, migraine, hay fever and anxiety to name a few. However, it can also be useful in the treatment of acute conditions too. For more information check out A-Z of conditions from The British Homeopathic Association.
How does Homeopathy work?
Before your consultation you will be asked to complete and return an information sheet which asks questions about you, your lifestyle and health status, to inform the consultation with Dr Stavy.
During the consultation Dr Stavy spends time with you to build a picture of your medical history, general health, sleep, eating habits, emotional history, relationships with family and friends and likes and dislikes and your symptom experiences. Taking all this information into account she is able to build a picture of your physical, emotional and mental elements that make you unique and identify the right remedy to prescribe.
The remedy is given in a small amount – two to three pilules, or sometimes in gel, liquid or cream format – aimed at starting the body’s healing process. Through follow-up appointments, Dr Stavy assesses your progress and if required will make adjustments to the remedy.
Dr Stavy consults both in person and via Skype, so wherever you are in the world treatment is possible.
Is homeopathy for you?
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The word ‘Homoeopathy’ is derived from two Greek words, Homois meaning similar and pathos meaning suffering. Homoeopathy simply means treating diseases with remedies, prescribed in minute doses, which are capable of producing symptoms similar to the disease when taken by healthy people. It is based on the natural law of healing- “Similia Similibus Curantur” which means “likes are cured by likes”. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) gave it a scientific basis in the early 19th century.It has been serving suffering humanity for over two centuries and has withstood the upheavals of time and has emerged as a time-tested therapy.
The principle of Homoeopathy has been known since the time of Hippocrates from Greece, the founder of medicine, around 450 BC More than a thousand years later the Swiss alchemist Paracelsus employed the same system of healing based upon the principle that “like cures like”.
But it was not until the late 18th century that Homoeopathy as it is practiced today was evolved by the great German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. He was appalled by the medical practices of that time and set about to develop a method of healing which would be safe, gentle, and effective. He believed that human beings have a capacity for healing themselves and that the symptoms of disease reflect the individuals struggle to overcome his illness
Hahnemann continued to experiment, noting that every substance he took, whether a herb, a mineral, an animal product or a chemical compound, produced definite distinct symptoms in him. He further noted that no two substances produced exactly the same set of symptoms. Each provoked its own unique pattern of symptoms. Furthermore the symptoms were not just confined to the physical plane. Every substance tested also affected the mind and the emotions apart from the body.
Eventually, Hahnemann began to treat the sick on the principle ‘let likes be treated by likes’. From the outset he achieved outstanding clinical success Homoeopathy is the system of treatment based on demonstrable laws and principles, which are –
- » The Law of Similars – It is also called the Law of Cure. This law demonstrates that the selected remedy is able to produce a range of symptoms in a healthy person similar to that observed in the patient, thus leading to the principle of Similia Similibus Curentur i.e. let likes be treated by likes. To give a simple example the effects of peeling an onion are very similar to the symptoms of acute cold. The remedy prepared from the red onion, Allium cepa, is used to treat the type of cold in which the symptoms resemble those we get from peeling onion. The principle has been verified by millions of Homoeopaths all over the world.
- » The Law of Single Remedy – This law directs to choose and administer such a single remedy, which is most similar to the symptom complex of the sick person at a time.
- » The Law of Minimum Dose – The similar remedy selected for a sick should be prescribed in minimum dose, so that when administered there is no toxic effects on the body. It just acts as a triggering and catalytic agent to stimulate and strengthen the existing defense mechanism of the body. It does not need to be repeated frequentl