Hom-Intro-Year-1 - Faculty of Homeopathy

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Why do patients want
Homeopathy?
 Iatrogenic problems. Drug side-effects
 Drugs have not worked
 Want cure not suppression
 Pregnancy
 Avoid polypharmacy
Why Patients want
Homeopathy
Deaths from NHS prescription mistakes and
drug side - effects
increased 500% between 1991 and 2001
December 2001
What is not Homeopathy
 Herbal medicine
 Supplements e.g. EPO Glucosamine
 Anthroposophical medicine
 Bach Remedies
 Tissue Salts.
HOMEOPATHY
OMEOS
similar
PATHOS
suffering
To treat by means of similar acting remedies
ALLOPATHY
Other
ALLOS
To treat by means of opposite acting remedies
1755 - 1843
Definition of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a branch of Medical
Therapeutics based on the principle
“Like cures Like”; namely that
a substance, which in certain forms and
doses causes disease symptoms,
may also be used to cure illness showing
similar symptoms.
How are Remedies Discovered?
PROVING -- Testing a substance on healthy human volunteers
Principles of Homeopathy
 Law of Similars. Match the patients’ symptoms to the
remedy picture.
 Use the smallest dose possible.
 Treat the patient, not the disease.
Examples of Homeopathic
Remedies
Belladonna
Belladonna
 Red flushed face
 Dilated pupils (photophobia)
 Very hot (high fever)
 Delirious
 Dry mouth
 Thirstless
ACONITE
ARNICA
AGARICUS
LACHESIS
TARANTULA
ARSENICUM ALBUM
How are remedies made?
Dilution
Succussion
Potentisation
Potency Scales
 X decimal 1:10 eg 6x
 C centesimal 1:100 eg 6c, 30c, 200c.
 M millesimal 1:1,000 eg 1M, 10M
 LM 1:50,000 eg LM1, LM2, LM3
What can be treated with
Homeopathy?
 No other treatment available
 Acute illness without the need for antibiotics
 Chronic illness of all types
 Patients on orthodox medication
 TEETH Syndrome
 Ill-defined illness
Range of Problems Treated in G.P.
 Grief Ignatia
 Endometriosis
 D&V Ars Alb
 Menopausal migraine
 O - A Rhus Tox
 Acne Rosacea all treated
 Cystitis Cantharis
with the same remedy
(Lachesis)
 Glandular Fever
 Recurrent cold sores
 Panic attacks etc
 Cough Ipecac
 Large boil H. Sulph
 IBS various remedies
All remedies available on NHS prescription
Problems treated in P.P.
 B.P.
 Endometriosis
 Arthritis
 Infertility
 Anxiety
 Asthma
 Depression
 Repeated URTIs
 Schizophrenia
 Eczema
 Tourette’s Syndrome
 Allergies
 Menopause
 etc
 M.E.
Medicines available OTC in Boots etc., cheaply
Research
 Does homeopathy work? If so, where and
how.
 Is it safe?
 Is it all placebo?
 How can we improve our success rate and the range of
problems treated?
 New provings
 Veterinary research
Outcome Studies
 80% of patients treated at GHH have an improvement in
their complaint, in overall coping and in well being.
 RLHH cancer clinic - significant reduction in stress and
anxiety levels.
 RLHH asthma audit in adults and children - reduction in
use of inhalers.
Advantages to Patient
 No side effects
 Prescribe on FP10 or cheap to buy OTC
 Can produce significant improvement in all aspects of
health
 Can be given to all ages of patient ( and to animals). The
dose is the same.
 May avoid surgery or drugs esp a/bs.
Advantages to the Doctor
 Safety profile
 Speed of action in acute cases.
 Will work with orthodox medicines
 Extends available therapeutic options.
 Small storage space
 Intellectually stimulating and satisfying.
USEFUL WEB ADDRESSES
Faculty of Homeopathy
www.facultyofhomeopathy.org
British Homeopathic Library
http://hominform.soutron.com/homqbe1.asp
British Homeopathic Association
www.britishhomeopathic.org
Remedy Manufacturers
www.ainsworths.com
Also Buxton & Grant Freemans Helios Nelsons Weleda
Useful Book Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine by Boyd
(Beaconsfield)
Homeopathy
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