Let’s start with a quote from the American jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie – ‘There have been two great revelations in my life. The first was bebop, the second was homeopathy’.
To me that just about says it all. Once you discover homeopathy you will never be the same again. It is truly a miraculous form of medicine.
So what is it about homeopathy that is so good?
Homeopathy is regarded by many as the ideal system of medicine for children. It is safe, gentle and lasting in its effect. Homeopathic medicine is completely non toxic and therefore has no side effects, unlike conventional drugs. It also treats the cause and not the symptoms and thus has a good track record for curing rather than palliating conditions. This wonderful combination means that homeopathy is safe to use in pregnancy, during labour and in the very early weeks and months of a baby’s life, when there is very little else available (conventional drugs are not recommended at this time because of their toxic nature and side effects). Indeed my own son, Christopher, had his first homeopathic remedy at 10 days old! The oral thrush, for which it had been prescribed, rapidly went away.
By treating a child early in life, a homeopath can correct minor medical problems, which if left alone, may become more serious later. For example, milk intolerance can manifest as eczema. If this is not dealt with correctly at a later stage the eczema may turn into asthma. Fortunately, homeopathic medicines can often prevent this from happening. Homeopathy is also well known for treating glue ear successfully. Not only does this mean that the child’s hearing improves rapidly, but it avoids the unpleasantness of grommets and the need for an operation.
So what else can it do?
One of the great benefits of homeopathy is that it can treat emotional states as well as physical ones. This is an area where both mother and child reap the benefits. It can take the sting right out of tantrums, arguments, shouting and jealousy. It can calm down fears, night terrors and separation anxiety, at the same time giving an inner sense of well being. Many mothers have been amazed and relieved at the difference in their child!
An added bonus is that the medicines actually taste rather nice. They are made on a sugar or lactose base, and I have never known a child complain yet!
Both parents and doctors are now concerned about the overuse and abuse of antibiotics in children, and yet they feel powerless without them for such conditions as ear infections, tonsillitis and chest infections. Homeopathy can treat all of these bacterial infections and more. It can treat viral infections too – something for which conventional medicine has no answer.
So what can’t it treat? In fact the simple answer is that homeopathy can treat almost anything.
Discovered in the late 18th century by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, homeopaths now have 200 years of strict principles and clinical experience to draw upon. There are over 3000 medicines in use, and this is rapidly increasing as each year passes and demand increases.
According to the World Health Organisation, homeopathy is now the second most widely used form of medicine in the world. Chinese medicine is No 1; herbalism is No 3, while conventional medicine is in 4th place. This rather puts paid to the argument that it is placebo. No medicine would succeed so well and for so long unless it worked! It is used by over 100 million people in India alone. In Great Britain and the USA homeopathy is growing in popularity by 20% per year.
So who uses homeopathy?
Famous devotees of homeopathy include our own British Royal Family, Catherine Zeta Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Pamela Anderson, Jane Fonda, Cher, Jane Seymour, Cybill Sheppard, Tina Turner, Vidal Sassoon, Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova, Olivia Newton John, Tony Blair (Cherie’s sister is a homeopath) and so on. Paul McCartney is on record as saying ‘I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them’. Sensible man.