We’ve all reached for the arnica for bumps and bruises, but the scope of homeopathy is vast. Because it is a holistic medicine, the focus is on the whole person: mental, emotional and physical. Families worldwide use homeopathy because it is safe and gentle, and works with the body rather than against it. The principle behind homeopathy, of treating ‘like with like’, dates back to Hippocrates. But it wasn’t until the 1700s that a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, looked for a way to reduce the damaging side-effects associated with conventional medical treatment, and homeopathy as we know it today was born.
Moving over to homeopathy for your family is surprisingly easy, with constant research taking place, meaning lots of great books and inspiring practitioners. To develop a homeopathic picture of your family and their needs, it is best to employ the services of a qualified homeopath – find one at the Society of Homeopaths http://www.homeopathy-soh.org/ Some of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies include arnica for bruising and to speed healing; ignatia for grief and depression; chamomilla for teething; nux vomica for over-indulgence in food or drink; and allium cepa for the common cold or hayfever.
In celebration of all those who have healed with homeopathy, World Homeopathic Awareness Week brings together homeopaths and supporters to share education around the world, beginning on Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s birthday every year. Look out for events and education taking place near you.
To get you started, World Homeopathy Awareness Organisation (WHAO), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, http://www.worldhomeopathy.org have put together 10 good reasons to use homeopathy:
1- NO HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS
A preparation process called potentisation removes all toxicity from each substance. It is safe for all ages and during pregnancy. However it is advised to be under the care of a qualified practitioner.
Healing through homeopathy is a gentle process and results are often powerful and long lasting.
Homeopathy considers and addresses the whole person. Often one or a succession of (single) remedies resolves all complaints.
Remedies usually cost surprisingly less than allopathic prescriptions and most herbs/supplements.
By boosting the immune system and overall health, homeopathy improves a person’s resistance to infections and possible illnesses.
6- NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
Humans respond differently to medicine than animals. All homeopathic medication is tested on healthy humans.
7- EASY TO TAKE
Homeopathic medicines are given as small pleasant tasting pellets which dissolve in the mouth, through olfaction, or in liquid form. Granules, powders & drops are also available.
8- PATIENT INVOLVEMENT
A homeopath will ask many questions, not only about the symptoms which are bothering an individual, but also how they react to the condition and about their general health and lifestyle.
9- INVALUABLE FOR FIRST AID
Homeopathic medicines can be safely used anywhere to treat bruises, minor burns, sprains, insect bites, gastric upsets and more.
10- THE MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE
With over 3000 homeopathic medicines and new remedies being made all the time, homeopathy is a growing art. Unlike allopathic medicine which takes drugs off the market every year as new side- effects are revealed, homeopaths still use the same medicines they were using 200 years ago along with new medicines to broaden their scope.