Dr Charles Forsyth

Homeopathic Physician

 
 

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that uses ‘potentised’ medicines to stimulate (or trigger) the body’s inherent healing ability to restore normal functioning. 


The basic principle of homeopathy is the treatment of ‘like with like’ this means that a medicine is selected on the basis of it’s ability to produce a very similar symptoms, condition, or state, to that which the person is suffering from, whether physically and/or psychologically.  The homeopathic medicine that accurately fits this state is called ‘The Similimum’ - the job of the homeopath is to find this remedy out of the thousands of homeopathic medicines available.  In conventional medicine the treatment given is primarily determined by the pathological diagnosis, for example, someone with migraine will be prescribed pretty much the same drug as anyone else with migraine.  The opposite is true in homeopathy.  While it is just as important to make an accurate medical diagnosis in homeopathy, the treatment prescribed is completely dependent on the detailed symptomatology of the individual.  Ask a few people who suffer from migraine to describe their symptoms in detail and you will see how different they all are.  It is these detailed characteristics that make us different from each other that the homeopath relies on to discover the most appropriate remedy. 


In homeopathy, the aim is to assist the natural healing ability of whole mind/body system - not to suppress, control, contain or manage symptoms or diseases, that is, unless the former is not possible.  To do this we are looking for a medicine that ‘keys into’ or matches the way the system is functioning - rather like finding the right key for a lock.  When this is achieved progressive multi-system improvement takes place, and one of the characteristic effects of this is a greatly increased sense of well-being.


Homeopathy’s Origins

Homeopathy was developed in the late 1700’s by Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755 - 1843), a remarkable German physician, chemist and linguist.  It was he that demonstrated that a substance which produces symptoms in a healthy person could be used to treat those same or similar symptoms when they appear in illness - "like treats like".  This principle was known to Paracelsus (1493 - 1541), Hippocrates (460 - 377 BC) and almost certainly the ancient Egyptian physicians.  But it was Hahnemann who developed this principle into a system of medicine, that then rapidly spread throughout the world.


What Are Homeopathic Medicines?

They are mostly made from naturally occurring substances, including many plants such as Chamomilla (Chamomile), Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade) and Agaricus muscarius (the Fly Agaric mushroom), also minerals such as Natrum muriaticum (common salt), Graphites (carbon) and Mercurius vivus (elemental mercury) and some animals such as Apis (honey bee), Cantharis (Spanish Fly) and Sepia (cuttle fish).  A homeopathic potency is made by a process called potentisation - which involves systematic dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) - the result is a medicine that contains virtually nothing of the original substance - and yet still has a powerful medicinal effect.  The common potencies prescribed in the UK are: 6c, 12c, 30c, 200c, M, 10M.  Paradoxically the higher the potency (the more it has been diluted and succussed), the stronger the effect it has, and therefore the less is required.  The medicines are manufactured by homeopathic pharmacies as pure alcoholic tinctures.  We then usually dispense them as a single remedy in the form of either pillules, tablets, powders, or liquids.  Powders are usually used when only a few doses of a remedy are required (high potency remedies) - their action is of relatively long duration, for example weeks or months in chronic conditions.  Pills and liquids are used when the medicine needs to be taken more frequently. 



The Homeopathic Consultation

In conventional medicine we need to know about your symptoms in order to make a diagnosis of the disease(s) you are suffering from.  In homeopathy we need considerably more detail to see what makes your symptoms individual and unique to you. We are all very different, not only physically and psychologically, but also at the physiological and biochemical levels.  Whether your problems are mainly physical or emotional, or a combination of both, I will ask you to give as much information about yourself as possible. I need to hear about the characteristics of each your complaints, including a description of what exactly you experience, when it started, what may have been the triggers and what factors make it better or worse.  I always wish to see the whole picture, so will also ask about how you feel in general, your mood, temperament and personality, reactions to different situations, and your relationships, fears, dreams and lifestyle.  I ask about sensitivities to various environmental influences such as temperature and weather, foods that you may particularly like, dislike or upset you, and your sleep pattern.  A detailed past medical history is vital as this shows me the pattern of your health problems over time and often reveals contributory or causative factors. A detailed family medical history is also important as this indicates your genetic/hereditary tendencies.  As the consultation progresses I will be analysing all the information you are providing and trying to identify the homeopathic medicine that is most likely to help.  Sometimes this is very straightforward, sometimes it can be very difficult, but much of the time it is somewhere between these two extremes.  Each person is totally unique and it is for this reason that I take considerable care to obtain as accurate an assessment of your problems and yourself as I can.  The more accurate my understanding the sooner I will be able to identify the correct remedy. 

The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehensible principles.

Samuel Hahnemann, "Organon of Medicine" First published 1810

The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehensible principles.


Samuel Hahnemann, "Organon of Medicine" First published 1810

Homeopathic Medicine

Samuel Hahnemann

Belladonna

Agaricus muscaria

Chamomilla

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