Homeopathy – Jacquie Haylett
What is Homeopathy?
People who turn to homeopathic medicine may be suffering from virtually any condition which is having an effect on their physical, mental and/or emotional health and general sense of well-being.
Common reasons for people to turn to homeopathy is because they suffer from long-term chronic conditions which has not responded to conventional medicine; experiencing unpleasant side effects from conventional medication or because no cause has been found for the symptoms they are experiencing.
Homeopathic medicine was discovered by Dr Samuel Hahnemann, German Physician in 1796 and is practiced widely throughout the world. Dr Hahnemann was described as a “medical pioneer” in a BBC Radio 4 documentary aired in December 2010.
Dr Hahnemann worked tirelessly to improve medical practice, insisting that medicines were tested before use. He experimented on himself and a healthy group of volunteers taking smaller and smaller medicinal doses, and found that as well as reducing toxicity, the medicines actually appeared to be more effective the lower the dose.
He also observed that symptoms caused by toxic ‘medicines’ such as mercury, were similar to those of the diseases they were being used to treat e.g. syphilis, which lead to the principle he described as ‘like cures like’.
Due to constraints enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority it is not possible to be more specific about homeopathy, however there are many books available on the subject and links with further information are included below.
The Homeopathic Consultation
The homeopathic consultation offers a safe, non-judgmental environment in which to explore your symptoms. Working on the homeopathic principle of “like cures like” homeopathic prescriptions are individually tailored to your specific needs, having explored exactly how your symptoms affect you based on the fact that every person’s experience of a specific condition is different.
Using a holistic approach the homeopathic consultation and treatment differs from conventional medicine in that rather than focusing on a specific named disease/diagnosis all factors which have the potential to impact on health are taken into account, (lifestyle, environmental influences, stress factors, diet, medical history, sleep patterns, etc).
The prescribed remedy is individually tailored to match as closely as possible all the symptoms you are suffering from, (eg if you are suffering from both asthma and eczema, and your symptoms are worse at a specific time of day or month of the year your homeopath will endeavour to try to find the closest homeopathic prescription which incorporates all these factors).
The initial appointment is likely to last approximately one and a half to two hours which allows time and space to explore fully the symptoms that have brought you to the homeopathic clinic. Subsequent appointments are likely to last approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
The Homeopathic Prescription
The homeopathic medicine prescribed has been prepared by regulated homeopathic pharmacies. They are created from natural substances and prepared using only the minimal amount of the original active ingredient which undergoes a process known as potentisation.
They are non-addictive and when prescribed by a professional homeopath can safely be used at any stage in life and in conjunction with prescribed medication. They are easy to take, usually prescribed in the form of tiny sugar pills or soft dissolving pills, or sometimes in liquid form.
People often ask about which specific conditions can be treated by homeopaths, and as a profession we would like to see more research trials addressing this question, but funding is difficult to come by. To date, conditions for which the majority of clinical trial findings have been positive include:
- Allergies and upper respiratory tract infections
- Ankle sprain
- Childhood diarrhoea; chronic fatigue
- Ear infections
- Hay fever
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Rheumatic diseases
Where can I learn more about Homeopathic Medicine?
The Society of Homeopaths is an organisation representing professional homeopaths. Society members are trained to a high standard and must adhere to a strict code of ethics. Registered members use the initials RSHom.
The Homeopathy Action Trust seeks to raise public awareness of what homeopathic medicine can offer. You can learn about them on YouTube.
Who should I speak to about Homeopathy?
Mrs Jacquie Haylett LBSH, RSHom
Telephone No: 07974 026231
Jacquie is available by appointment