Why come and see me for homeopathic treatment?
The journey to better health is a lifelong process. We often seem to live our lives as if one of part our life is completely separate from the next; we have our worklife, our home life, our worries, our friends, things we like and don’t like, and so on. Perhaps we may sometimes notice that we carry the energy from one bit to the next, but we dismiss this, even though it affects us a lot. Likewise with our health, we may see our body as being made up from separate parts and systems, we have a pain in our arm, a headache, eczema on our hands etc, all unrelated to our diet or our emotions. Of course this is one way of looking at life, and at a certain level it makes sense. But there may be another part of us that feels something is missing with this fragmented view, part of us that knows there is something else. This is the sense that we are part of something bigger, that we are connected to something we cannot name perhaps, ultimately that we are all one, that everything is connected.
When we are living our lives in a fragmented way, we achieve this or that goal and move on to something else, we buy this or that thing, and quickly it loses its shine. We are stuck in “doing mode”. If our life journey is to be truly meaningful, when are we truly finished? We need to be engaged in a process that does not end. That is not to say we do not notice good changes along the way. With good homeopathic treatment, we should see progress. Sometimes this change can be very quick. My goal for chronic long-standing problems is always to see at least a 50% improvement in the first month. But I now believe true healing and personal growth needs to be a process that we are engaged in over our whole lifetime. We are literally never done, there is always more, which is great!
Sometimes there are setbacks, but the journey goes on. Sometimes we need the help of others more, sometimes less. I have always believed we are stronger together than separate. Now I believe, like Buddhists, and Albert Einstein (10), that in fact we are all connected, this connection is obviously closer to some than to others. What is undeniable is that on one level we are energy, and yet we often live our lives as if that were not so. Close your eyes right now for a moment, and notice that you are alive…..To our close family for instance the connection may be obvious, to some of course maybe we wish we were not connected, but their behaviour can still affect us, sometimes very strongly. I believe we need tools to help us on our journey. These tools I would name as good medicine (of different kinds), good relationships, a meditation praction, exercise, qi gong, a good diet, and a place we call home.
I have been meditating on and off for 30 years. These days every morning I meditate for around 20 minutes. I also practise Qi Gong and Tai Chi daily and have starting to teach. I find both an invaluable part of my daily life, in helping to look after my energy and my awareness. Of course I also take homeopathic remedies when necessary, and have invariably found homeopathy an essential part of my own health and wellbeing management. The therapy is primarily aimed at stimulating the person’s own energetic system to enhance their own ability to heal themselves (9). We do this by identifying the cause and treating that as well as the symptoms.
Anyone can use homeopathy. It is safe, gentle and can be used alongside conventional treatment, in fact I always advise patients to continue their conventional medicine when they begin homeopathic treatment. People have usually seen their GP first, and seek homeopathic treatment, either because they continue to have symptoms, or they have unwanted side effects from the drugs. Sometimes people come to see a homeopath just because they feel unwell, and their pattern of symptoms does does fit into a particular diagnosis. I see homeopathic treatment as being complementary to conventional treatment. If the result is that the patient is free from taking any medicine, so much the better, this is the aim whenever possible. People seeing a homeopath may come with various diagnoses including: allergies, eczema, migraines, children’s problems – both behavioural & physical, and hormonal problems. People may have suffered a bereavement, had a bad shock, or had an experience they are having trouble coping with. Other conditions presenting may be: arthritis, coughs, dermatitis, eating disorders, hay fever, headaches, hyperactivity, menopause, nausea, panic attacks, post-viral syndrome, PMT, psoriasis, recurrent infections, rhinitis, sinusitis, skin problems, stress, tiredness and vomiting. Ideally homoeopathic remedies are taken alone, in practice, people who are taking conventional drugs, are advised to take them alongside the homeopathic remedy, until such time as, with the agreement of their GP this is no longer necessary.
Homeopathy is a safe gentle, yet dynamic therapy, that is both reliable and easy to administer. The medicines are given in either sucrose pills, or in liquid form, and may be safely taken with orthodox medicines. Because of the ultra high dilutions (above 12c potency) often used in homeopathy there can be no drug interactions when using potentised homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is so safe and gentle it can be used from birth onwards, and is also safe to use in pregnancy.
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“Homeopathy works in a non-violent way, and helps a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment.” 8
Over the course of the last 30 years since first discovering homeopathy for myself, I have seen thousands of people benefit. Homeopathy takes into account everything about the person and their illness. Human beings are so much more than the sum of our parts, and we can be affected by many things. Homeopathy takes account of this sensitivity and seeks to put people back to the level of health they once enjoyed. Strength with flexibilty and optimum health is the goal of my practice. To give people better balance in their energy and their lives.
Good homeopathic treatment is all about observation, communication and above all listening. During a homeopathic consultation I listen, and by taking a case history, we have a “homeopathic conversation”. With babies and children this often involves listening a lot to mum or dad, as well as talking to and observing the childs behaviour. A homeopathic conversation is one where the patient is encouraged to look at all the factors that may influence their health. These may include hereditory factors, real life situation as well as the current symptoms and medical history. Human beings are very strong and adaptable and are also very sensitive. We work best when our strength and sensitivity is in balance with our strength. I have often said that I think there are 5 pillars of health: good relationships, good diet, physical exercise, good housing, and good medicine. Homeopathic medicines can be taken alongside conventional treatment, it is not a case of either or. Please allow up to 90 minutes for a first adult consultation, and an hour for children.
Annabel Croft on Homeopathy
HOW SUCCESSFUL IS IT ?
During 1997, I did an audit on my practice. Results showed that 90% of patients who attended 3 times over a 3 month period, showed between 50% & 100% improvement, both in their sense of well being, and in their main complaint. See above for conditions.
Also see the research page on this website for more evidence of the success and reliability of homeopathy.
WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
In Homeopathy we do not treat diseases per se, we treat the people who are suffering from diseases. The Homeopathic remedy aims to cause a reaction in the patient, the reaction intensifies the patient’s response to the problem. Professor George Vithoulkas recently stated that Homeopathy is the deepest and yet most gentle stimulation possible for the human immune system (it also works on animals). Medicines have always been used in a homeopathic way, though the term homeopathy is only a little over 200 years old. It literally means treating like with like. Although the body is always trying balance itself, it sometimes mounts an incorrect healing response, or “runs the wrong program”. It seems that often our bodies will run “old programs” that they have previously found effective in similar circumstances. This may then lead to a pattern where the same symptoms keep recurring, with the body seemingly unable to help itself etc The homeopathic remedy seems to give the body the correct information, so that it can make a better healing response, or adapt better to the problem. The result is a usually a reduction in symptoms and a feeling of increased well-being, as the body begins to cure itself.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ?
The initial problem may be resolved with the first treatment. Typically three visits are necessary, at monthly intervals. Many people having experienced the good results of homeopathy, make it their medicine of choice.
TAKING THE REMEDIES
Tablet/ pilule form:
Remedies should not be handled, except by the patient. This avoids the risk of spoiling the remedy. They may however be crushed between two teaspoons for infants. Remedies should be dissolved under the tongue, rather than swallowed, and no food or drink taken for at least 15 minutes either side of remedy.
Liquid Remedies in general:
Take the vial or pillule you have been sent and dissolve it in a 500ml bottle of previously boiled, or spring water. Sip the water throughout the day, shaking the bottle between sips. When you get down to 1 inch of water refill the bottle. Continue to take the remedy in this way as long as you feel it is beneficial.
Liquid form (LM potency)
Sometimes a liquidmay be prescribed in LM potency. Place 3 drops in half a glass of previously boiled or spring water. Stir the glass, and take one teaspoon of the mixture. Discard the rest. If no ill effects are noted, this dose may be taken direct from the bottle after a few days, and increased to twice daily to speed recovery. Tap the bottle on the palm 8 times between doses.
Coffee, mint, and strong smelling medicinal substances, such as camphor,eucalyptus, etc. should be avoided between appointments, as these can antidote the remedy.
It is my experience that the positive healing response from a single homeopathic treatment can continue for several weeks, or even months.
PHONE IN TIMES ?
Early in the day is the best time to phone (before 9.30). Please say if your call is urgent.
Cancellations: Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice may be charged.
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Fees for Families:
From 7th April 2008: for families the following rates apply:
Full fee for 1st member, 10% off fees for 2nd member, 15% off fees for 3rd member, 20% off fees for 4th & subsequent members.
Telephone & Skype appointments:
For calls of less than 5 minutes no charge. Where a remedy is prescribed for an acute problem (colds etc.)£15. For telephone appointments which replace a face to face consultation, the normal fee applies. Skype consultations also available at the same rate as the local clinic rate.
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1. A study of 6,544 consecutive patients at the NHS Bristol Homeopathic Hospital: “Of the patients 70.7% reported positive health changes, with 50.7% recording their improvement as better or much better.
From: Spence DS, Thompson EA, Barron SJ, ‘Homeopathic Treatment for Chronic Disease: A 6-Year, University-Hospital Outpatient Observational Study’, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2005, 11:793-798.
2. A study of 713 patients in the NHS in Northern Ireland: “80% of patients recorded an improvement in the severity of their main symptom, with 73% recording an improvement in their level of activity associated with their main symptom.”
From: Donal McDade, Evaluation [of a] Complementary and Alternative Medicines Pilot Project (London: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, 2008), available at Get Well UK website at <http://www.getwelluk.com/>, accessed 27 April 2009; full report at <http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/final_report_from_smr_on_the_cam_pilot_project_-_may_2008.pdf>.
3. A survey of 50 patients in an NHS practice in Cirencester. Of the 35 who responded “a significant number (74%) of patients reported a positive outcome from their treatment.”
From: Dr. Adrian Hunnisett, Homeopathy Service Survey (Cirencester: The Park Surgery, 2005).
4. A study of 1097 patients in Norway. Of the 654 who completed the follow-up questionnaire, “The main complaint improved by at least 10 mm on the VAS [visual analogue scale] for 71%.”
From: Steinsbekk and R. Lüdtke, ‘Patients’ assessments of the effectiveness of homeopathic care in Norway: A prospective observational multicentre outcome study’, Homeopathy, 94 (2005), 10-16, available at: <http://www.scopus.com/record/display.url?eid=2-s2.0-11844297403&origin=inward&txGid=79ie_u0p0cPFoTLkdzTDA2p%3a2>, accessed 14 February 2010.
5. A multi-centre study of 3,981 patients in Germany and Switzerland: “Disease severity and quality of life demonstrated marked and sustained improvements following homeopathic treatment period. Our findings indicate that homeopathic medical therapy may play a beneficial role in the long-term care of patients with chronic diseases.”
From: Claudia M. Witt, Rainer Lüdtke, Nils Mengler, and Stefan N. Willich, ‘How healthy are chronically ill patients after eight years of homeopathic treatment? – Results from a long term observational study’, BMC Public Health, 8 (2008), 413, available at <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2630323/>.
8. The Homeopathic Revolution Dana Ullman North Atlantic Books
Notes: I encourage my patients to maintain contact with their GP. Conventionally prescribed medicines should only be stopped after consultation with the original prescriber. It is safe to take homeopathic medicines alongside most conventional treatment.
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