What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a form of treatment that was developed in 1796 in Germany by a physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann. Today, it is one of the most popular and highly effective forms of medicine worldwide. Homeopathy makes use of natural medicines made from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms in small and potentized doses.
Homeopathy is used in treating and managing a wide range of illnesses, acute and chronic. The word “homoeopathy” is derived from the Greek “homoios” meaning “like” and “pathos” meaning “suffering”. It is based on the principle of “like cures like”. For example, a patient suffering from hayfever may benefit from the homeopathic remedy Allium Cepa, which is prepared from onion, because onion in its crude form produces similar symptoms such as watery eyes or runny nose.
It works by stimulating the body’s own self-regulatory and defence systems to initiate the healing process and recovery. It is one of the only systems of medicine safe enough to be used in pregnancy and in infancy, as well as with other conventional treatments.
Homeopathy recognises that every patient has a unique experience of their illness, and the homeopathic practitioner is trained to diagnose and treat disease. The homeopath will address the patient’s illness in fine detail, as well as look at every aspect of the patient’s health and disease, incorporating their mental, emotional and physical well-being into the consultation and prescription. This is why the homeopathic consultation is usually longer than an average conventional medicine consultation.
In South Africa, homeopathic students complete a 5 year full-time clinical training degree, including subjects such as diagnostics and pharmacology. The final year of the degree includes the completion of a master’s dissertation and an internship programme. By the time the student is qualified, their level of knowledge and ability is comparable to general practitioners. This training equips the homeopath to be registered by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) and is the reason why most medical schemes recognise homeopathic medical care. However, it is always advisable to check with your medical scheme if they cover homeopathic consults and medicines.
Homeopathy takes a
long time to work
This is simply not true. In acute illnesses such as a cold or acute pain, the accurately
prescribed medication can be known to work almost instantly. In chronic conditions like
eczema and arthritis, the healing process can take more time, depending on the
particular patient and the circumstances of the case.
Homeopathy hasn’t been
proven to be effective
Here is an extensive list of some verified and scientific papers that have been published
on the success of homeopathy.
Homeopathy cannot work with conventional allopathic medicine
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Storage, care and how to use Homeopathic medicines
How to take homeopathic medicines
- Homeopathic medicines are usually taken orally, under the tongue. Most homeopathic medicines are usually prepared as liquid drops (very useful for infants and babies), pillules, granules or powders. Homeopathic creams and ointments are also used for topical application.
- As a matter of hygiene, it is best not to handle the medicines with your hands, but rather use the cap of the bottle to pour out the dose and empty it under the tongue.
- When taking the medicine, it is advised to usually allow a 15 – 20 minute time period
between eating, drinking or brushing teeth before or after taking a homeopathic medicine.
How to store and care for homeopathic medicines
- Store medicines out of reach of children
- As with most medicines, store homeopathic medicines in a cool, dry place (below 25 0 C),
out of direct sunlight and away from strong smells such as spices, perfumes and aromatherapy and essential oils.
- Once you have taken the medicine, ensure that you close the container immediately to prevent contamination.
- If you happen to spill the medicine, do not return the spilled contents back into the
container, but rather discard it.