Homeopathy: Absurd or Real Alternative Healthcare Choice?

16th April 2017 marked the end of the eleventh Homeopathy Awareness Week. This annual event was set up to not only raise awareness of this alternative medical profession, but to also celebrate the birthday of the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann who was born on 10th April in 1755.

What is Homeopathy?

For those unfamiliar with homeopathy, it is a system of natural healthcare that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. Homeopathic doctors work in the same way to establish a diagnosis, but unlike other conventional doctors a homeopath is interested in the individual patient and the unique way in which their symptoms affect them. A full consultation takes place between the homeopath and his or her patient to discuss their lifestyle, diet, sleep pattern and emotions and all of these factors are taken into account before the homeopath prescribes the medicine they believe is right for managing the individual’s illness or health issue. Medicine is based on the principle of like-cures-like, in that a substance which could produce symptoms in a healthy person could cure those same symptoms displayed by a person in a diseased state. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the patient’s individual needs and symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability. The British Homeopathic Association founded in 1902 states all medicines are safe to use and rarely cause side effects making them suitable for people of all ages including babies and children. They are also very suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

So is it really absurd or is it just providing people an alternative healthcare choice?

In 2004, the World Health Organisation claimed that homeopathy was the second most used medical system worldwide with about 9 million trusted users in the UK. However, it still raises a huge debate with many medical professionals calling it absurd with Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England calling for the £4 million spent each year on homeopathic medicines to be cut. He believes homeopathy is a placebo and it is ‘absurd’ for GPs to prescribe it, however, according to the Homeopathy Awareness Week’s website, research shows that 79% of the UK population are open to the idea of homeopathy and 15% of the population regularly use it.

Google homeopathy and you’ll find a lot of scepticism, however the doubters are being challenged by a lot of believers some of whom are household names. Visit the leading homeopathy medical company, Brauer and you will read testimonials from the likes of Usain Bolt, David Beckham, Paul McCartney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cher, Tina Turner, and even Prince Charles all stating that they love the benefits of homeopathy. So is it really absurd or is it just providing people an alternative healthcare choice? We believe it is giving people the ability to understand their own needs and the opportunity to try something different.

If you are suffering with an ongoing illness or health issue and are interested in trying medicine totally based on natural ingredients then we would love to hear from you.

The Norfolk Clinic is pleased to offer patients an experienced team of homeopaths who are highly qualified and extremely dedicated to providing you with the very best medicine and care. Call The Norfolk Clinic 01603 660 792 and book your consultation today.

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