Homoeopathy is a complete system of medicine developed by the German physician and chemist, Dr Samuel Hahnemann, in the 1800s. Homeopathy is the leading form of complementary medicine in Europe. In India, it is the sole form of medicine for over 100 million people.
WHAT IS HOMOEOPATHY?
Hahnemann found that illnesses could be treated by using small, specially prepared doses of substances that are prescribed on the ‘like cures like’ principle. This principle was first described in 400 BC by Hippocrates, the father of medicine.
HOW IT WORKS
A homoeopathic medicine may come in a liquid drop dose or in small ‘pillules’ that are dissolved under the tongue prescribed using the like cures like principal. An example of this principle can be found in the relationship between coffee and insomnia. We know that drinking coffee can over-stimulate the nervous system and cause insomnia. However, a traditional homeopathic preparation of coffee can be used to help relieve insomnia. In a similar way, homeopathic preparations of grasses or pollens may be used to relieve symptoms of hay fever.
MOST COMMONLY TREATED CONDITION
Homoeopathic treatment can help in curing almost any condition – short-lived acute conditions and long-term chronic illnesses – at any age. Great for treating babies’ and children’s problems, whether behavioural, developmental or physical, as it is easy to administer and has no side-effects. It is also a safe and effective medicine for adults, especially as it does not interfere with medications.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
Initial consultations can be lengthy (an hour or more) as a complete patient history is required for a full treatment plan to be determined. A return visit for an acute complaint may only take 15–30 minutes. You will be asked to provide information on current symptoms and past medical history. You may also need to answer questions regarding your diet, sleep, lifestyle, and any mental and emotional issues.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TREAT A CONDITION?
It could take minutes, hours, days, weeks or longer. The homoeopath may work with one or more different medicines over time. Sometimes only one appointment is required, at other times a series of appointments will give the best results.
FREE HOMEOPATHIC CLINIC
Every Monday we run a community clinic to keep homeopathy available and accessible for those on low incomes. Anyone with a healthcare or pension card is welcome. Bookings are required and can be made here.
OUR HOMOEOPATHY PRACTITIONERS
SHERRYN MCCARTHY – Adv Dip Homeopathy, BA
Sherryn is a committed, insightful and generous practitioner with many years’ experience working in a number of clinics across the Northern Beaches.
PIA LEHMANN – Dipl. Adv. Hom. Mbr AROH, AHA, ATMS
Pia holds an Advanced Diploma of Homeopathy and has completed a 2 year post graduate study with the Institute of Advanced Homeopathy. Her expertise and ability is drawn from studying for the last 15 years with teachers from Germany, India, Australia and USA. Modalities also include Naturopathy, Nutrition, Remedial Massage, Astrology and Counselling.