Homeopathy information and FAQs
Frequently asked questions
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed by Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician and scholar.
Homeopathy is used widely around the world – Western and Eastern Europe have long traditions of homeopathy as well as India, South America and Africa. Homeopathy first came to New Zealand in 1849 and a Homeopathic Association was established in 1857 as well as a homeopathic hospital in 1858.
Homeopathy works on the principle of “like cures like” or the way of similar and the word Homeopathy means “similar suffering”. Two other key principles are looking at the totality of a person’s symptoms and seeing each person as a unique individual.
What are Homeopathic remedies?
Currently homeopathic remedies number over 2,000 and are derived from plant, mineral and animal substances. They are specially prepared following Homeopathic Pharmaceutical guidelines. They can be dispensed in the form of tablets, pills, liquid or powder and are taken by dissolving in the mouth. You may be given a single dose or repeated doses of a remedy.
What do you mean by totality of symptoms?
We all experience life differently – our ability to cope, our reactions to circumstances and illnesses all differ. Likewise, our physical symptoms are unique and individual. For example, one persons joint pains are worse for wet weather, another’s is worse at night, and yet another’s for eating tomatoes. Homeopathy essentially is a process of ‘pattern-matching’ – matching the total individual picture with the most similar remedy. Different remedies are therefore often given to different patients who might have the same medical label.
How do the consultations work?
The initial consultation for chronic health problems can take an hour or more. During this time the Homeopath will seek an insight into your health issues and how you experience your symptoms as well as the general traits of your temperament, sleep patterns, reactions to temperature, food intolerances etc.
Homeopathic practitioners select remedies based on your total picture. The homeopath will evaluate your response to the remedy at a follow up appointment. 1-2 follow up appointments are normally recommended and these take 20-45 mins depending on the condition.