• What is Homeopathy ?

There are many ways to answer this question. Fundamentally, homeopathy is a complete system of medicine which assists the natural tendency of the human body to heal itself.  It acknowledges that all symptoms of ill health are a mere manifestation of the disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient that requires treatment and not the disease. It has been in existence worldwide for nearly two hundred years and its popularity is rising in the present day.

Homeopathy not only helps restore the sick  to health, it also offers a method of maintaining health and preventing illness.  It is a subtle yet effective therapy that can correct small imbalances long before the appearance of the more serious symptoms which denote the onset of a particular disease.

 

  • How does it differ from naturopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine?While homeopathy and these healing arts are similar in that  they do not employ drugs or conventional medical procedures, each one is also quite distinctive. Naturopathy is based on the principle that the natural laws of life apply inside the body as well as outside. It uses a range of natural approaches including diet and herbs and encourages exposure to sun and fresh air to maximize the body’s natural responses.Acupuncture is one branch of Oriental Medicine that stimulate and balances the body’s energy. Herbal Medicine, also known as “Botanical Medicine”, uses material doses of plant substances for treatment. Homeopathy is generally considered a natural healing art. It do not originate in the Orient, nor does it use material doses of substances.

 

  • What kind of the diseases can be treated homeopathically?     Homeopathy is applicable to a broad range of maladies including acute inflammations, systemic imbalances, chronic degenerative diseases and mental/emotional disturbances. By its very nature, homeopathic treatment is not specific to a particular illness, but is directed at the underlying state of the person suffering from that illness. By addressing this state, the appropriately chosen remedy effectively addresses the illness.

 

  • What is in those remedies, how are they made and how do they work?

Homeopathic remedies traditionally derive from an extraordinarily wide variety of plant, animal and mineral substances. They are made through a process of serial dilutions, where the original substance is diluted in water and is ‘succussed’, meaning that it is energized by shaking the dilution. The resultant remedy solution is then diluted and ‘succussed’ again. This process is done repeatedly, sometimes hundreds or thousands of times, resulting in an extremely dilute and highly energetically potent remedy. By selecting a remedy that closely matches the individual characteristics of a person, a homeopath is able to stimulate a deep curative reaction.

 

  • How does a homeopath choose a particular remedy for a person?

Homeopaths take great care to understand people’s symptoms, how they experience illness as well as their general state of being. By exploring what truly makes people unique, the homeopath gains insight into the nature of their vital life force and is thus able to select an appropriate remedy to stimulate it to effect a curative reaction.

 

  • Are there harmful side effects from taking a homeopathic remedy? 

Since the remedies are highly diluted, they do not contain significant amounts of the original substance from which they are made. Therefore, they do not have the toxic effects associated with many conventional medications or other substances. They are, however, powerful energetic stimuli and must be used with discretion. Sometimes, as part of the curative process, a person will experience a temporary intensification of symptoms.

  • Can homeopathic remedies be taken along with conventional medications?  

Yes. Many people who seek out homeopathic care are already taking conventional medication with the goal of reducing or eliminating the medication. With the proper remedy and treatment plan, this is often possible.

 

  • Is it ok for children, pregnant women, elderly people or animals to take homeopathic remedies? 

Absolutely. Homeopathy is a wonderful, gentle healing modality appropriate for people of all ages and conditions. It also is extensively used to treat animals

 

  • Are there any situations or reasons to not use homeopathy?  

Yes. Although homeopathy can possibly be of benefit for the treatment of any condition, a positive outcome is based on working with a competent homeopath and a willingness to do homeopathy.

 

  • How long does it take for homeopathy to work?                    

Homeopathy can work in seconds or it can take years. It all depends on the circumstances and how one defines ” work. ” Generally speaking, a really good constitutional remedy will begin to alleviate symptoms fairly quickly, sometimes within days, and then continue to have a positive effect over months and years. The severity and history of the problems will usually determine the length of time needed for true cure to happen.

 

  • Why not just treat myself with homeopathic remedies from the health food store?  

it is next to impossible to understand one’s own deepest energetic imbalance. We seem to be blind to our own states. Even professional homeopaths need to see another practitioner for their own treatment. In addition, professionals use up to 5,000 possible remedies in varying strengths. Health food stores usually carry 20 to 30 basic remedies in lower strength. Treating oneself with constitutional homeopathic remedies usually is a recipe for frustrations and can lead to greater difficulties.

 

  •  Should I change my diet?

Different homeopaths may advise differently on this issue. Diet is not strictly speaking an issue in homeopathy. There is an understanding that the right remedy will facilitate more appropriate food choices. When one is healthy, the body more naturally is able to extract the nutrients it needs to function optimally. Eating sensibly, that is consuming appropriate quantities of properly balanced natural ingredients is always a good idea. Your homeopath can help guide you in this area if you request.

 

  • What training do homeopaths receive and how are they licensed?

There are no licensed professional homeopaths in Malaysia today Some homeopaths may have licenses in other modalities such as acupuncture, naturopathy or conventional medicine. Professional homeopaths are mostly trained at various schools and training programs. Because there is an enormous body of existing knowledge to be mastered as well as recently developed methods and remedies to research, learning in homeopathy is a lifelong process. Homeopaths are always looking for new techniques and remedies to cure those difficult cases.

 

  • What are the origins of homeopathy and where is it practiced today?

Homeopathy was discovered by a German scientist Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, and has been verified experimentally and clinically for 200 years. Homeopathy is based on the Greek words meaning similar suffering and the concept that a substance that causes a symptom in a healthy patient will treat that same symptom in a sick patient. A single homeopathic remedy is chosen to treat the whole person, including their mental, emotional and physical symptoms. This is in contrast to conventional or allopathic medicine where symptoms are suppressed or removed by the use of drugs such as antibiotics or pain killers.  Today homeopathy is practiced around the globe. It is used widely in Europe, South America, England, India, Pakistan and Malaysia. In England, The Royal Family has regularly used Homeopathy since the 1830’s. Today, QUEEN ELIZABETH II is a patron to the famed Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and PRINCE CHARLES is known to carry Homeopathic medicines whenever he travels.