Members of the Stonehaven and District Probus Club were treated to a fascinating and thought provoking talk given by classical Homeopathy practitioner, Mrs Heather Knowles, at their last meeting.
Mrs Knowles, who trained with the UK’s leading college of Homeopathy, explained that, as a form of medicine, Homeopathy looks at the whole person rather than just their individual symptoms. The word homeopathy simply means treating like with like. This means that a substance that causes symptoms of illness in a well person can also be used to cure similar symptoms when they result from illness.
In ancient Greece, Hippocrates understood and used the basic precepts of Homeopathy but the modern development of the practice was given its greatest impetus by the work of a junior doctor and chemist, Samuel Hahnemann.
Experimenting on himself, Hahnemann took low doses of quinine for several days and noted his reaction to it. One by one, he developed the symptoms of malaria even though he did not have the disease.
Each time he took another dose of quinine the symptoms recurred and when he didn’t take it they went away. Concluding that a substance could produce symptoms in a healthy person could also cure the disease in a sick patient. He experimented with other medicines and substances.
Today over 3000 homeopathic substances are being used. Hahnemann also noticed that sometimes his patient got worse before getting well.
To avoid this he began to reduce the strength of the dose and observed that progressive dilution enhanced it’s effectiveness instead of diminishing it.
Medicines produced in this way are safe, nontoxic and relatively inexpensive and can be used on young and old - as well as pets and livestock.
An essential part of this holistic approach is a careful assessment of the patient’s lifestyle and circumstances. This enables the practitioner to identify the underlying cause behind the symptoms and to more accurately choose an appropriate remedy for the patient.
Homeopathy can treat almost any complaint - physical and psychological - although its efficiency appears to be dependent on the individual.
Everything from indigestion, catarrh, childhood illnesses, gall stones, depression, burns, sports injuries and allergies to peptic ulcers, kidney disorders and hyperactivity.
The vote of thanks was given by Iain McLeod.