Who can benefit?
Iatrogenic (medically induced) disease is one of the leading causes of death and remains so, even a decade on from being first reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, July 2000. In the UK, a study has shown that more than 10,000 people may be dying each year due to adverse drug reactions (more on this as a PDF here). Increasingly therefore, concerned about the long-term effects of repeated courses of drugs such as anti-pyretics, antibiotics, steroids, statins, sleeping pills, pain killers and anti-depressants, people are turning to homeopathy.
Instead of creating more symptoms as side effects, homeopathy addresses the underlying causes of ill-health by stimulating the immune system to resolve illness naturally from within. When, in 2005, the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital surveyed 6,500 patients with diverse complaints over six years, 70% reported improvement in their symptoms and well-being for conditions that had not responded to conventional treatment. More recently, the British Homeopathic Association has reported:
“In a pilot study published in 2008, data from 1602 follow-up patient appointments at all five NHS homeopathic hospitals were collected together over a one month period. Eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome, menopausal disorder, osteoarthritis and depression were the ‘top five’ most referred conditions. The medical problems referred to the hospitals typically are chronic conditions where available conventional treatments are often not effective.
In total, the study identified 235 separate medical complaints treated at the hospitals during one month. At just their second homeopathic appointment, 34% of follow-up patients overall reported an improvement that affected their daily living. For patients at their sixth appointment, the corresponding improvement rate was 59%. The study showed that reported health benefit may be gained more quickly in some medical conditions than in others. Read full paper
Since homeopathy works holistically, it can therefore potentially benefit almost anyone, with acute illnesses such as epidemic diseases, or with long standing chronic illnesses such as eczema and asthma. It can improve emotional as well as physical complaints or be used preventively in situations where you are feeling run down or where tests show nothing abnormal but you still feel unwell.
Some people choose to use it as a complementary medicine alongside other forms of healthcare and in conjunction with other healthcare providers; others choose to use it as an alternative – but in this case I would never advise patients to stop using other forms of healthcare unless their condition has improved so much that they no longer need them - in which case their other healthcare providers should be informed and consulted.
As with anything in life, there is no guarantee and I tell all my patients that we won’t really know if homeopathy is likely to help them until at least the first follow up appointment as it all will depend on how your individual vitality responds to the prescribed remedy. Sometimes this is clear after the first remedy, other times more patience is needed to find the right remedy, and a better balance for you.
Patients seeking to use homeopathy often come with conditions that have not responded to other forms of treatment, including:
Skin complaints – eczema, psoriasis, rashes, warts, acne, dermatitis, fungal infections
Digestive disorders – bloating, heartburn, colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, constipation, diarrhoea, food poisoning
Respiratory disorders – asthma, recurrent infections,
Auto-immune disorders – allergies, arthritis, rheumatism
Mental and emotional complaints – depression, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, grief, PTSD, anger, low self esteem, lack of confidence, insomnia, fears, night terrors, OCD
- Men’s health – stress, anxiety, over-exertion, infertility, prostate problems, erectile dysfunction
- Women’s health – menstrual and hormonal problems, PMS, thyroid problems, infertility, cystitis, candida, fibroids, polycystic ovaries, PCOS, pregnancy and birth complaints, birth trauma, pre and post natal depression, breastfeeding and lactation difficulties, menopause
Childhood diseases – fevers, colic, teething, mumps, measles, whooping cough, chicken pox etc
Behavioural difficulties – bed-wetting, tantrums, aggression, hyperactivity, ADD, ADHD, autism, aspergers, dyslexia, dyspraxia
Other debilitating conditions – injuries, accidents, traumas, surgery, migraines, headaches, backache, chronic fatigue, CFS, ME
For a full list of medical conditions where positive findings for homeopathy have been reported in at least one systematic review,randomised controlled trial (RCT) or non-randomised study, please see here.
If you are suffering from a condition that is not listed here, or have any other questions, please contact me for a free fifteen minute consultation by phone or in person to see if homeopathy is right for you.