Sophie Knock, Natural Health Practitioner

A natural path to body harmony and well-being.

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Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which treats the whole person by looking at the root of the disturbance rather than just the symptoms.

shutterstock 174195734It is very effective for both acute and chronic illnesses and treats the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on the patient’s experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient.

It works on the principle of “like cures like” - that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffea, a remedy made from coffee.  

Scientifically, new theories in quantum physics are going some way towards explaining how homeopathy works. We know that a carefully selected homeopathic remedy acts as a trigger to the body’s healing processes.

Homeopathy has been widely used throughout the world for more than 200 years. Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional medicines and will not interfere with the action of medicines prescribed by your doctor. Because homeopathic medicines (often referred to as remedies) are non-toxic, there are no side effects and they are safe even for pregnant women and babies.

I graduated from the School of Homeopathy in 2012 and have a post graduate qualification in homeopathy with the Dynamis School. I am a registered member of the Society of Homeopaths, am fully insured and abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Practice.

Samuel Hahnemann, Founder of Homeopathy, The Organon 1-2

"The physician’s highest and only calling is to make the sick healthy, to cure as it is called ...The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health; that is, the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable principles.”

The Treatment

The initial Homeopathic consultation may take up to an hour and a half. At this appointment a full case history will be taken, starting with the presenting symptom. Follow up appointments will usually be up to an hour every four to six weeks, until the patient is well. Patients may then come as frequently (or infrequently!) as they like.

I will need to build up a complete picture of your condition, including your past medical history. Prescriptions for acute illnesses are usually assessed much more quickly.

You will be asked detailed questions about yourself to ensure the best remedy for your particular condition. For me to understand your individual needs I will ask you about aspects of your life such as your emotional state, your sleep patterns and how you cope with stress, before choosing a medicine for you that most closely matches your unique pattern of symptoms.

Usually I will continue to work on your case after the session is over, to determine which remedy will be most effective. You will then receive the remedy a few days later.

One or two remedies can often be enough if the condition is one that has only recently occurred and is not too severe.

Chronic problems may improve over a few months, in which case a follow up appointment would be arranged for a month later so I can assess how you have responded to the remedy and give a good indication of how long I would expect the treatment to last.

During this time you will be asked to observe any physical, emotional or mental changes, including insights about yourself and any changes in attitude.

Homeopathy FAQs

How do I take the remedy?

Potentised pills are best taken under the tongue. They should be allowed to dissolve for two minutes and then they may be crunched up and swallowed. Do not swallow them down with a drink, and if possible avoid eating, drinking, smoking or cleaning your teeth for five to ten minutes before or after taking the remedy.

For those who have not had a consultation in the last three months, advice over the phone is usually given free of charge, but any remedies and postage will be charged for. However, if an updated case history has to be taken and a remedy prescribed, then a charge will also be made for a telephone consultation.

What to expect after taking the prescribed remedy?

The reaction to homeopathic remedies can differ from person to person. Some people experience a significant improvement in their symptoms and overall energy within a few weeks. With others the improvement will be more gradual. Some people experience a brief intensification of some symptoms which may last a few days, followed by a gradual and steady improvement.

How long will the treatment take?

The length of treatment depends on a number of factors such as the nature of your illness, how long you have had it, your response to remedies and your present life circumstances. Normally I recommend that people have a course of three months of treatment, at the end of which I can provide an evaluation for future treatment if necessary.