What is Homeopathy?
Sandra Seaman, homeopath, practicing in Reading, PA...
Homeopathy is a holistic, natural system of medicine used for over 200 years around the world. Homeopathic remedies are prepared from natural substances, are used in minute amounts and are regulated by the FDA. They are non-toxic, and can be used safely with adults, children and animals.
The principle of “like cures like” that is the basis of homeopathy was originated by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). The idea behind homeopathy is that if a substance can cause a disease symptom in a healthy person, then a minute amount of it can relieve that symptom in an ill person. For example, if a patient has hay fever with burning nasal discharge and watery eyes, the homeopathic remedy Allium Cepa (red onion) which causes those symptoms in a healthy person, will relieve those symptoms.
Homeopathy is completely individualized treatment. A headache in the temples with stabbing pain and visual disturbances would need a different remedy than a headache with nausea that came on during grieving. Mental, emotional and physical symptoms are all taken into account and the person is regarded as a whole being. Homeopathy is often confused with naturopathy or nutritional counseling. Though some naturopaths also practice homeopathy, and some homeopaths may advise the use of supplements, homeopathy is a complete system that stands on its own.
There are numerous clinical studies that show the efficacy of homeopathy. My own experience confirms this. Interestingly, our local area of Pennsylvania was home to many of the founding fathers of homeopathy. This method of healthcare is seeing a revival in recent years.
Homeopathy is a truly elegant system of healing. Every substance that we need for healing is already present in the plants, minerals and animals of the earth.
What Can I Expect?
Homeopathy is capable of improving a full range of ailments on the physical, mental and emotional planes. Often a chronic condition includes symptoms on both the physical and emotional or mental level and the case will be taken as a whole.
Why Choose Homeopathy?
Homeopathy has a very wide range of action. Some of the issues that homeopathy can heal or improve are anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, emotional trauma, grief issues, asthma, colds and flu, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, constipation, gastro-intestinal problems, fibromyalgia, menstrual and menopausal issues, migraines, skin problems, sleep problems and many more...
The initial consult for a chronic case will take 1-2 hours, allowing the time needed to give a head to toe inventory of complaints and to tell your complete story focusing on the physical, mental and emotional stresses in your life. This enables the homeopath to gather the details needed to recommend a remedy that is completely individualized to your condition. It can take time to come to understand the case and to heal so a commitment to 6 months of treatment is important. Homeopathy is a unique journey for each person.
For an acute case (self-limiting problems of short duration such as colds, flu, diarrhea, injuries, acute grief), the homeopath will need up to ½ hour to note down all of your symptoms. The homeopath is interested in all the details you can provide including anything that makes the condition better or worse, the sensations experienced and any accompanying mental and emotional states.
Case taking can take place in person or long distance using Skype or by phone.
For more general information on homeopathy visit the National Center for Homeopathy.