Frequently Asked Questions
What is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy treats the "whole person", which means that two people presenting with the same complaint may receive a different medicine based on their individual symptoms and emotional response to the illness.
Homoeopathy was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German Physician, over 200 years ago and is based on the principle of "like curing like" although the principles go back further to Hippocrates & Paraselcus.
What type of medicine will be given?
Homoeopathic medicines are made utilising predominantly plant, animal & mineral substances, in dilution, to stimulate the body’s own natural healing response.
They are prepared according to strict guidelines set out in international pharmacopoeias and under the control of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Since the medicines are very dilute, homoeopathic medicines are considered gentle in their action when prescribed by a registered Homoeopath.
What conditions can Homoeopathy treat?
As indicated previously, a wide range of both acute and chronic illnesses may benefit from homoeopathic medicine.
The following acute illnesses commonly prescribed for: sports injuries, coughs, colds, diarrhoea, hay fever, travel sickness and more.
Homoeopathy may also be of help in deeper, more chronic conditions, including a wide range of illnesses: autoimmune diseases and on-going chronic complaints for which conventional medicine often has nothing further to offer.
Today, extensive clinical experience, observation and research continue to support homoeopathy’s effectiveness for a wide range of complaints for men, women, children, infants and the elderly.
What does a visit to a Homoeopath involve?
In-depth investigation is all important when taking a Homoeopathic case. As well as asking about your symptoms, I will be interested in you as an individual and the unique way in which your symptoms affect you.
The first consultation with may take an hour or more, however simple acute complaints may only take 15-30 minutes. Information relating to current symptoms and past medical history will be required. Questions may also be asked about diet, sleep, lifestyle, and about some mental and emotional aspects. Physical examinations may be required according to the particular complaint.
Treatment then involves the prescription of the most suitable medicine, matching all of the symptoms and individual characteristics of the patient to the medicine. Two people with the same condition may have very different prescriptions because of their own unique set of symptoms. There maybe general lifestyle and dietary changes advised as part of a treatment plan or a visit to a General Practitioner for tests to be carried out may be recommended.