Homeopathy can be used on its own to treat illness or alongside other medical interventions, and it can be a wonderful way to increase our overall sense of wellbeing or to address a specific issue. I was first introduced to homeopathic treatment in 2000 when I was experiencing ongoing pain and discomfort issues the cause of which could not be identified. This experience led me to becoming aware of the mind-body connection and the meaning of health. My fascination with Homeopathy grew, resulting in my taking a four year Practitioner diploma and from which I went to work for a small homeopathic company.
Homeopathy – A holistic Health Practice
Homeopathy is a holistic health practice so working with illnesses, homeopaths treat the whole person and not just the presenting problem. For example, if someone presented with a medical condition such as asthma, the homeopath will take all the specific details of how the asthma manifests for that person, as well as a lot of details such as their character, their likes and dislikes, their emotional state, their wellness history, what makes them feel better or worse, and many other topics which will all help to indicate a suitable remedy.
In working with homeopathy, the concept of energy, or vitality is an important one as it is necessary to understand the vitality of the remedy and the vitality of the patient. If we view the human being as an energy circuit, it is this life force that quite literally keeps us alive. It seeks to maintain balance and harmony and is not something that is limited to homeopathic understanding, in other cultures it is called ‘chi’ or ‘prana’. Just because we cannot locate it scientifically we are nonetheless often aware of our energy state, a classic example is how we can feel quite low before producing the symptoms of a typical cold.
Homeopathy – an understanding of health
It is useful to distinguish between acute and chronic illness as their treatment is different. Acute illnesses are self-limiting; that is they have a defined duration which usually includes an incubation period, a showing of the illness through physical symptoms and then convalescence time. In some instances, acute illness might result in death if not treated properly so medical attention is advised for life-threatening conditions. Acute illness can always result in death if not treated properly so medical attention is advised for life-threatening conditions.
A chronic illness occurs over a longer period of time and tends to show as a gradual increase in debility or decrease in wellbeing. The length of illness is unknown but conventionally they are often considered to be life-long