What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of natural healthcare which works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing abilities. It has been used by millions of people across the world for over 200 years and according to the World health Organisation, it is the 2nd largest system of medicine in the world.

Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine which means that it recognises each person as a unique individual and treats the body as a whole – working to balance your mind, body and spirit. Each homeopathic treatment plan is specifically matched to your needs and is complementary to any conventional treatments you may be taking.

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Benefits of using Homeopathy @ the Be Well Academy

At the Be Well Academy, you have the benefit of access to both a qualified Homeopath and a Lifestyle Coach who will explore your both your health and your lifestyle to create a unique Be Well Programme designed to optimise your health and well-being. So in a nutshell, you are getting two experts in one!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Homeopathy work?

Homeopathy traditionally works on a principle known as ‘the law of similars’ or ‘like cures like’. This law states that a substance that can cause a disease can also relieve it.

For example, coffee – or Coffea as it is known in Latin – is a stimulant that can cause temporary insomnia. Coffea may be used in minute potentised (i.e. homeopathic) doses to relieve that insomnia. Another example is that chopping onions can cause your nose and eyes to run with copious amounts of water. The onion – Allium cepa – can be used homeopathically to treat colds and hayfever where the main symptoms include runny eyes and nose.

This is a similar way to how people are starting to be treated for allergies by conventional specialists e.g. patients are exposed to minute quantities of nuts over a long period of time to reduce sensitivity in people with a nut allergy.

What are Homeopathic remedies made of?

Homeopathic remedies, like herbal and traditional conventional medicines, are made from plants, minerals, animal and sometimes synthetic sources. What makes Homeopathic remedies different is that they are are repeatedly diluted to remove any potential toxic effects. Homeopathic remedies are prepared like conventional remedies in a registered pharmacy which is subject to the same stringent regulations as conventional pharmacies in the UK.

I take prescribed medicine, can I still use Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is an integrative form of medicine, designed to work alongside  conventional medical treatments. However before starting any complementary treatments or therapies, you should always discuss it with your GP or consultant. A Homeopath will never suggest that you reduce or stop taking any prescribed medicines.

Is there any evidence that Homeopathy works?

There are millions of Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO’s) available in the form of testimonials available across the world, for examples see here.

With regard to conventional clinical trials – Homeopathic treatment is very different to conventional medicine as it is ‘individualised’ plus aimed at supporting the health of the ‘whole person’ and not just a particular part of them. This means that if you have 10 people with arthritis of the knee, it is likely that 10 different Homeopathic medicines will be prescribed and the Homeopath would be assessing the improvement in total health and not just the knee. This makes traditional clinical trials not such a useful tool to demonstrate the efficacy of Homeopathic treatment.

Conversely in conventional medicine currently, it is likely that everyone would be prescribed the same medicines to treat arthritis of the knee as health professionals in the UK follow NICE guidelines – this way of treating conditions is more aligned to traditional clinical trials.

Up to date information about scientific evidence available for Homeopathic treatments and details about current research is  provided by the Homeopathy Research Institute.

Do any famous people/celebs use Homeopathy?

Yes! Homeopathy has been used by many famous people including the British royal family for centuries – there is actually a person designated as ‘Homeopathic Physician to the Queen’, until last year this was Dr Peter Fisher before his untimely death.

Lots of celebrities use and actively promote Homeopathy too – to find out more click here . To watch some short videos created by celebrities, conventional doctors, patients and world renowned Homeopaths click here 

What should I expect when I make an appointment?

Once you have decided to book an appointment, before your first appointment, I will send you a health questionnaire to fill in and bring with you.

During your first consultation,  we work through your  health questionnaire to enable me to understand your personal situation, health challenges, lifestyle and goals for the future. You will be asked detailed questions about yourself and about many aspects of your life for example: your childhood, your physical health, the health of your wider family, your mental/emotional state and any stress/anxiety you may be experiencing, your work, your relationships, what you eat and drink, exercise, how you relax, what you do in your spare time and about your sleep patterns. The first consultation normally takes up to 1.5 hours.

After your first appointment, I will take some time to assess your case and once this is done, I will send you a personalised Be Well programme which includes information about any medicines you need to buy – where to buy them from and how to take them, together with any Lifestyle Coaching support you need.

Follow-ups appointments last about 45 mins and are likely to be between 4-8 weeks after your last appointment,

If you have an acute illnesses, such as fever, vomiting or flu, these are treated in a different way. Sometimes you will be signposted directly to the Pharmacy for this service.

What sort of things do you have experience of treating?

I don’t specialise in my work so I get people in all sorts of situations seeking help, here are a few examples of the types of cases I have had experience of dealing with:

  • Stress and anxiety related issues
  • Exhaustion/burnout
  • Hormonal issues
  • Fertility support
  • Muscular/skeletal disorders
  • Long term condition management
  • Stomach issues
  • Children’s health

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