But there are also ‘first aid’ remedies to be administered alongside emergency care, and some which can literally revive people, such as the remedy carbo veg. Those who have turned to homeopathy in times of extreme shock or trauma will be aware at how powerful it can be. To find out about homeopathy first aid courses, visit The Homeopathy School or The Centre for Homeopathic Education. Or ask your local homeopath (see below for how to find one) for courses in your area.
What is homeopathy?
Based on the concept of ‘like heals like’, homeopathy was founded by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, in 1796. Hahnemann, like Hippocrates 2,000 years earlier, realised that the ‘law of similars’ was an effective way to heal the body and mind. He was shocked by the medical practices of the day, which included blood letting and purging, and felt sure that there had to be a gentler, less invasive way of healing, without horrific side effects. By giving minute doses of a substance that would cause the symptoms the body is displaying, homeopathy triggers the body’s innate healing process, e.g. a minute dose of coffee is used to help heal people suffering from agitation and restlessness. The minute dose is usually given in the form of a little pill which dissolves easily in the mouth, making it an ideal and safe approach for children and animals. Homeopathy looks at the whole person, and recognises that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within an individual.
What to expect when you visit a homeopath
A good homeopath should be your first port of call when considering using homeopathy for your family. Many people who visit a homeopath for the first time are amazed at how holistic the approach is: rather than rush through a quick list of physical symptoms, a homeopath asks many questions, from how you cope in stressful situations to what time of day you are at your best, to build a thorough picture of you and your health. This aware, thoughtful approach allows them to treat the whole person and not just the symptoms, as each person experiences life differently. When you are a parent, this kind of approach can feel amazingly nurturing; the homeopath is interested in your child as an individual, in you as a parent, and how they can help. You can also talk to your homeopath about building a ‘first aid’ kit for use in emergencies. The Society of Homeopaths offers a find a homeopath service, or you could try Find A Homeopath.
12 Good Reasons To Use Homeopathy (from http://www.worldhomeopathy.org)
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. >Took out the rest.
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.
Growing evidence of the safety and effectiveness of Homeopathy: 163 randomized controlled trials (RCT’s) have been published in peer-reviewed journals. Of these 67(41%) were positive, 11(7%) negative and 85(52%) non conclusive > comparing well with conventional medicine RCT’s (36% positive, 10% negative, 54% not conclusive. (source: BMJ Clinical Evidence).
Recent research in the areas of electromagnetic fields, water and nano-particles are offering explanations about how Homeopathy’s sub-molecular medicines work.