With the increasing prevalence of chronic complaints for which the only conventional solution is long-term palliative drug treatment or radical surgery, more and more people are turning to alternative medical disciplines in the hope of finding help for their problems.
Homeopathy is one of the most widely used and successful of these. It’s at the forefront of complementary therapies now receiving serious attention (see Research), and is attracting both worldwide respect and progressively more serious attempts to discredit it (see Myths and Misconceptions and Blog). Those of a more cynical turn of mind might see the latter as being a sure sign that it presents a viable alternative to the present biomedical model and the industry it supports. It’s stood the test of time – and is just as effective in the era of high-tech medicine as it was 200 years ago when blood-letting and leeches were more the norm.
Homeopathy is holistic – it doesn't treat named conditions but the individual suffering from them; as a whole person, and as a unique individual. This is a critical philosophical distinction as well as a legalistic one (in the UK at least). As a result, homeopathy can be used to treat people suffering from any condition and has as much documented success in people with chronic conditions as it has in those with minor short-term self-limiting acute complaints.
The pages in this section contain an introductory Beginner's Guide – what homeopathy is all about and something of what you can expect if you seek treatment; explanations of Myths and Misconceptions about homeopathy (including the biggest myth of the lot that homeopathy has been scientifically proved to be no more than placebo), a series of Essays and Articles which are better suited to those with more detailed knowledge of homeopathy such as students and professional homeopaths, and details of Provings (the testing of new remedies to see what symptoms they produce and can hence cure) I have been or will be conducting.
If you're considering homeopathic treatment for the first time or are about to attend your first consultation, you may like to take a more detailed look at the sort of information a homeopath will be looking for and spend some time thinking about it to get the most out of your consultation. Click here for a consultation check-list.