Alternative medicine: consult a homeopath

Homeopathy is an alternative medicine that views the person as a whole and not just the specific complaint. The treatment consists of prescribing dilutions of natural substances that produce the same symptoms as the condition to be treated. It is a mild but effective way to treat ailments. When can you visit a homeopath and what can he do for you?

What homeopathy means

The word homeopathy comes from Ancient Greek and means: similar (homoios) and suffering (patheia). So literally it means suffering from the same thing. It is an alternative medicine that is not supported by science, where the whole person is central and not just the disease or ailment. Homeopathy is considered pseudo-science. Homeopathic remedies consist of a very small dose of natural substances derived from plants, animals or minerals that would produce the same symptoms as the disease being treated.

The difference with regular science

In regular medical science, the opposite principle is used, namely combating diseases with medicines that produce the opposite effect. Illness is seen as a state of discomfort. Homeopathy assumes that a person has a natural ability to combat the discomfort. With homeopathic remedies the body is able to heal itself without the harmful side effects of regular medicines. This has an advantage in the longer term, because the overall condition improves, which reduces the chance of becoming ill again.

Visit a homeopath

By using the energy and vitality that everyone has to a certain extent, we can recover and deal with tensions. When too much tension is created by certain events, this is reflected in the symptoms of the complaint. By using the right homeopathic remedy, the body will be brought back into balance that prevented normal functioning and the complaints will disappear. You can benefit greatly from a homeopath. Always consult a qualified homeopath in the following cases:

  • Self-medication does not work or the complaints return
  • Constantly under stress and your resistance to infections is reduced
  • If you have multiple complaints
  • If you feel like you are physically and mentally out of balance
  • You have health problems
  • If you have already done everything through conventional medicine, but nothing is found


Types of diseases

Diseases are divided into different categories. There are three types of diseases: accidents and injuries, acute complaints and chronic complaints:

Accidents and injuries

When a complaint is the result of an external event and local tissue is damaged, you may temporarily experience some pain, but there is nothing wrong with it. Homeopathy can contribute to healing. Examples of injuries include: burns, bruises, cuts, insect bites, sprains, strains, pain after surgery or a visit to the dentist.

Acute complaints

You actually feel pretty good and have no major problems, except that you regularly suffer from colds or flu. The symptoms include fever, coughing and irritated mucous membranes. The body’s immune system battles the infection. With homeopathic treatment, the body works with those symptoms instead of suppressing them. This allows the body to recover faster. Examples of acute complaints are: bacterial and viral infections, such as colds, coughing, bronchitis, throat, bladder and ear infections, flu, childhood illnesses and conditions of other nature, such as fatigue, sunstroke, travel sickness, hangover and nervousness before an exam, for example.

Chronic diseases

In chronic diseases, complaints have usually existed for a long time, one or more underlying causes can be identified, vitality is reduced as a result and complaints regularly return or become continuously worse. Usually there is no clearly identifiable medical cause. The patient simply does not feel well and the regular examinations reveal nothing. Homeopathy also focuses on deeper causes with psychological and/or physical symptoms. These can be extremely complex and require long-term treatment by an expert homeopath. Treatment can last months, sometimes years, depending on the severity and duration of the disease. Examples of chronic complex conditions are: PMS and other hormonal disturbances, mononucleosis, rheumatic diseases and joint inflammation (arthritis), depression, diseases that affect the immune system, hyperactivity, behavioral problems and learning difficulties in children.

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