A Closer Look: What Is a Homeopath?
Here at the Nourishing Herbalist we’ve highlighted our three favorite forms of holistic medicine: homeopathy, herbalism, and aromatherapy — all wonderful companions on our journey to vitality. Each of these forms of medicine invite users to dive right in and experience the joy found in taking charge of their health. All offer immediate physical benefits to even the novice user.
Yet to experience comprehensive healing — healing that takes places mentally and emotionally as well as physically — one must acquire a more exhaustive understanding of the tools utilized in each field.
In the realm of homeopathy, this knowledge is possessed by a homeopath.
At first glance the tools of homeopathy include a pharmacy of over 2500 remedies (and still growing), each offering specific healing characteristics for both acute and chronic health issues.
Homeopaths have a working knowledge of most of these remedies, including what they’re made from and how to use them. Homeopaths also possess an understanding of several complex subjects including the scientific study of disease (including disease pathology), healing processes, the study of the human body, holistic concepts and all fundamental laws and rules that govern human life and health. Additionally, homeopaths devote much time and study to the natural sciences of biology and chemistry, so as to better understand the substances utilized in homeopathic remedies.
Consider a homeopath your private investigator of disease and healing.
Homeopaths work on a holistic level, not simply investigating health concerns you may have, but what makes you tick – mentally, emotionally and physically.
Disease pathologies affect each of us individually.
Take, for instance, the flu virus. Your whole family comes down at the same time with the flu, but why does one vomit all day, one have a runny nose with a sore throat, and another develop a fever and a cough? It’s all the same flu virus, right?
The pathology a disease travels in each body is unique and so a homeopath must search for clues to lead them to the best remedy to facilitate healing for that individual.
Homoeopaths spend substantial time with their clients (anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the issue) evaluating their health concerns.
During a counseling session the client is asked several questions, such as:
- What are their symptoms are;
- Their medical and family history;
- What they like and dislike;
- Environmental stresses they experience; and
- Other relevant aspects of their life and health deemed important to the case
Should a situation warrant immediate medical care, a homeopath will refer a client to the nearest hospital. In cases of potentially serious, yet not critical, health issues, a homeopath will offer services while a client maintains their relationship with their medical doctor.
Homeopathy, from it’s holistic point of view, provides a systematic, scientific and effective approach to healing.
At the end of the day, there is value in several forms of alternative and conventional medicine.
The key is to identify which methodology works best given the situation and most readily propels you forward down your path to vitality!