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What is Homeopathy and How Does it Work?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the idea of "like cures like". Homeopathy treats the underlying cause of disease and stimulates the body to heal itself. In a way, it gives the body, or what homeopathy calls the vital force, a "roadmap" of how to heal itself. Homeopathy believes that the symptoms are part of the individual. Because of this, the individual is treated and not the symptoms. The whole of the individual is addressed in the remedy prescription: physical, mental, emotional and behavioral, taking into account the effects of stress, trauma, disease and lifestyle.
How Does Homeopathy Differ from Conventional Medicine?
Homeopathic medicine is based on an individualized treatment plan rather than a diagnosis. Homeopathic medicines (or remedies) allow the "inner knowing" (what homeopathy calls the Vital Force) of an individual to heal itself. Conventional medicine uses a disease diagnosis and treats the symptoms by suppressing the body's natural reactions. It denies the body's efforts to heal itself. Conventional medicine, for instance, may use a painkiller to suppress a headache, whereas homeopathy will look at all the symptoms, including lifestyle to determine which remedy to treat the nearly 5,000 types of headaches. The homeopathic practitioner will take a long extensive interview to learn about the strange, rare and peculiar conditions that accompany this headache that can lead to a successful prescription. Most conventional medicines come with a list of side effects, whereas there are none in homeopathy.
The Safety of Homeopathy
In homeopathy, symptom relief comes through natural therapies that stimulate the body's innate ability to heal (vs. symptom relief through suppression as is seen in traditional medicine). Homeopathic remedies do not interact with conventional medicine (and I am not opposed to the responsible use of conventional medicines).
What is a Consultation Like?
Prior to your initial appointment, you will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire. There may be many questions that may not seem directly related to your health concerns, however, they will help me to find the best homeopathic remedy for you. Your initial 2 hour confidential consultation gives you the opportunity to describe your concerns and symptoms (physical, mental, emotional, behavioral) in great depth. As the practitioner, I will seek to understand you as a whole person and to formulate a treatment that is unique to you. After you leave, I will research your case to find an individualized remedy that best suits you.
The Experience of Healing
The experience of healing in homeopathy is very different from taking pharmaceutical medicines. It is gentle, safe and deep. Do you remember the experience you had in healing from a cut or bruise? it was subtle, difficult to explain and then on healing, you forgot there had ever been a problem. The experience of healing with homeopathy has this same quality. A homeopathic remedy stimulates the internal Vital Force to gently heal symptoms that have never been resolved: physical, mental, emotional, behavioral. After treatment is complete, there is a sense of freedom and ease, where the dis-ease is replaced by an experience of centeredness and being ready to move forward in your next steps in life.
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