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Homeopathy? What's That?

According to the key findings of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an estimated 5 million adults and 1 million children used homeopathy in the previous year. What exactly is homeopathy you ask? Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is an alternative medical system practice that was developed in Germany in the late 1700’s. The practice is based on the belief “like cures like.” Simply put, we Homeopaths trigger the body’s natural defenses by using small doses of something that causes symptoms in a healthy person to treat an illness with similar symptoms.

If you’ve ever felt rushed through an appointment with your traditional medical provider, you may want to consider visiting a provider that also specializes in homeopathy. Homeopathic providers place great value on treating the person as a whole being which is quite different from the approach of a traditional medical provider. Think about it, when you visit a traditional medical provider they are generally focused on your symptoms and your medical history. When you visit a homeopathic provider, like me, you will experience a much longer appointment deeply focused on discussing not only your medical history and symptoms, but also your mental, physical, and emotional health. What is your life like? What are your sources of anxiety and stress? What type of environment do you live in and thrive in? These are just some of the questions your homeopath may discuss with you to create a treatment customized for you and only you. The treatments themselves are small amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals, individualized and personalized for you and your specific symptoms, needs, health history, and body.

So, what types of conditions can homeopathy help treat? Homeopathic products, which are available in many forms such as ointments, drops, creams, and tablets, can be used for a variety of health ailments and chronic illnesses such as:

  • Allergies

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Asthma

  • Arthritis

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Migraines

  • Premenstrual Syndrome

  • Thyroid Disorders

If you suffer from any of these conditions and long for a healthcare experience that provides ample time and attention to your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs, then homeopathy might be right for you.

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