Homeopath based in Chichester

Homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world today, as recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and is used to help people manage all kinds of illnesses using natural medicines, looking at every person as an individual. The remedies prescribed to each individual aim to stimulate the bodies’ own natural healing ability and are always based on the individual’s presenting symptoms and level of health.

The holistic nature of homeopathy means that body, mind and emotions are all considered in the treatment and prevention of disease. Profound changes in patient health as well as life experience are known to occur as no one part of the patient is looked at in isolation.


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How does Homeopathy work and what does it help with?

The name ‘Homeopathy’ was first used by Samuel Hahnemann, and is derived from the Greek homoios (similar) and patheia (suffering). The principle of Homeopathy is that ‘like cures like’, and that the body knows what it is doing; the symptoms are its way of taking action to overcome illness. In this sense when a symptom is suppressed or for whatever reason does not reduce, a small amount of what is perceived to be the underlying cause can stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms into action, at which point healing can take place.

The administration of Homeopathic medicine gently exaggerates the presenting symptoms thus triggering the healing response. Conventional western medicines nearly always work against your symptoms.

Millions of people across the world use Homeopathy to treat their illnesses and diseases, or simply to complement their existing healthcare routine. People visit Homeopaths with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies such as Hayfever
  • Dermatitis and other skin conditions
  • Mental health conditions and emotional symptoms such as anxiety and stress
  • IBS
  • Aches, pains and inflammation (such as Arthritis)
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • ... as well as numerous other acute and chronic conditions.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic medicine is usually taken in tablet or pill form, but is also available in liquid and powder form. Homeopathic medicine is safe to use as it rarely causes side-effects. When used appropriately under the guidance of a qualified homeopath it is safe for remedies to be taken by people of all ages, including babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Homeopathic medicines are manufactured by pharmacists with additional homeopathic training and are regulated by the MHRA.

The appropriate homeopathic medicine will stimulate the body’s healing faculties into action, and patients can often experience a small and temporary ‘aggravation’ in their symptoms as the body begins to overcome the stasis. A course of Homeopathic medicine typically lasts one month and will often continue until the symptoms start to improve.


Your Homeopathy Consultation

A typical consultation at the Chichester clinic will take one hour and often feels like a very relaxed and informal chat. You encouraged to reflect on your presenting symptoms, medical history (including family history, so this is useful to have!) as well as any other areas of life that you feel may be worth mentioning during your visit.

Due to the holistic nature of Homeopathy you may find you are being asked questions about aspects of your life that seem unrelated to your current complaint, however it all builds into a picture of health that can then be used to provide a prescription if required.

A Homeopathic consultation is a judgement free environment and you will find that the more you are able to answer any questions honestly and openly, the easier it will be to pinpoint the medicine best suited for your individual needs and work towards your health goals.

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Homeopath based in Chichester