Homeopathy: What Is It and Does It Work?

Anne working at Glosna House

Anne Collins is a registered and insured Homeopath from Kildare. A couple of months ago she embarked on one of my coaching programs and her desire for change, open-mindedness, and great attitude made coaching her an absolute pleasure. In the process, I became very interested in what she does for a living and how she helps people using this still little known alternative medicine called Homeopathy. Here she clarifies what it is and how it works.

Anne, a lot of people still don’t fully understand what Homeopathy is and how it can help us. Can you shed some light?
Homeopathy is a gentle and safe system of medicine that uses naturally occuring substances in the form of remedies to stimulate the body’s own natural ability to heal itself. It is suitable for everyone, including expectant Mums and babies.

Although gentle, the results can be powerful and long lasting. When a remedy is prescribed by a homeopath, it is based on an individual basis and will take a holistic approach, taking account of any symptoms that an individual has, physically or emotionally. It will also take into account the person’s own traits.

We are living in such stressful times, and this can have an effect on our health. If someone is under a lot of stress and has developed symptoms such as constipation, or diarrhoea, or exising conditions have got worse, eg. psoriasis, I would recommend that they go and see a homeopath.

What are some of the ailments you treat the most?
Some of the more common ones that people come to me with would be female health issues, such as period problems, pregnancy conditions, fertility issues, post natal depression, and menopause.

I also see a lot of babies and children for conditions such as eczema, asthma, ear infections and tonsillitis, coughs, constipation and diarrhoea, colic, and the usual cold and flu. Some parents come just because they want to boost their child’s immune system.

Homeopathy is also regularly used for emotional issues like night terrors in children, fears and phobias, depression, insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks. Lots of other conditions such as arthritis, migraines, sinus problems, UTIs, vertigo are regularly seen by homeopaths.

What can we expect from a treatment?
The 1st consultation involves taking a very detailed history and learning about you as an individual. Establishing good health really does involve treating both the mind and the body, so time is taken to listen to all emotional and physical symptoms. The homeopath will also ask about your own individual traits, such as how you sleep, are you thirsty, what do you like to eat, and more!

A remedy is then prescribed. These are either in the form of small pills or liquid drops.  Homeopathic remedies can be used alongside all other medications.

What kind of results can we expect from Homeopathy, and how quickly will they happen?
There is no answer to this I am afraid! Because we are all so individual and have different levels of health, there is no way of knowing until a person takes the remedy. But there is more information about studies done on the Irish Society of Homeopath’s website www.irishhomeopathy.ie

Can Homeopathy help treat non physical conditions such as depression, for example?
Depression is one of the main healthcare problems in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) expects depression to become the second most common form of ill health by 2020. And is it one of the most commonly treated conditions by homeopaths. Research confirms the positive experience homeopaths have in treating patients suffering from depression. Can I also say that in Ireland most private health insurance companies provide rebates for appointments with a Homeopath who is registered with the Irish Society of Homeopaths.

Contact Anne at www.fairgreenholisticclinic.com

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