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A short introduction to the difference between the mainstream medical and homeopathic approaches.

Put most simply we have a different view of symptoms. Homeopaths consider symptoms to be a representation of the disease whereas conventional practitioners see symptoms as the disease itself. They will aim to remove or reduce these, most often using chemical drugs to do so: antibiotics to destroy bacteria, analgesics to kill pain, sleeping pills to sedate, anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling, etc. Quite often the person is prescribed different medications for the different symptoms by organ, condition and disease and then other drugs to counter the side effects of the drugs. To do so takes away the opportunity to understand what has caused the symptoms and what is ailing the person as a whole and places a huge toxic load on the system. Homeopaths understand that symptoms are expressed by the whole body; mental, emotional, physical and general because it is the body as a whole that is unwell, or out of balance and we use these symptoms as a map or a set of clues to understand the whole picture. These symptoms are individual to each person and these characteristics lead to the selection of a remedy that does not suppress the symptoms but gently nudges the body to heal itself.

You may hear homeopaths talk about the vital force and we are referring to that which animates us, and seeks to keep us in balance, equilibrium; a state of health. Homeopaths accept that we have a self-healing faculty that can mend, regulate, protect, eliminate and replenish automatically and is inherently intelligent and capable of healing on the deepest and most profound level and we use homeopathic remedies to stimulate the vital force when it tips out of balance into dis-ease. Homeopathy is concerned with the way changes are expressed through the whole body by the electrodynamic energy that drives it.

Another fundamental difference is the role the person has in their treatment. This is no criticism of mainstream medical practitioners; it is often a matter of time and resources and believing in a different model of health. In homeopathic treatment, we want to understand the presenting symptom/s, how this is experienced by the person and how it affects their life and differs from their norm. We will ask for a full personal, family and medical history and will want to hear everything about the way the person does their life and who they are as an individual and what it is like to be them. We work together in partnership, developing a supportive, accepting and trusting relationship. We analyse the information and select the best-indicated remedy understanding that the remedy is simply the catalyst and the transformation and healing sit within the person.

I would love to hear your thoughts, views, questions and experiences. Clearly, there is more to say and elaborate on around this subject as it is huge! Please feel free to add to it.

I used Colin Griffith's The Companion To Homeopathy to inform this post as I love all of his books

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