Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual's specific symptoms and personal level of health.
It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ – a substance taken in small amounts can cure the same symptoms it causes when taken in large amounts.
Homeopathy is mainly taken in tablet form and can be used to treat both acute and chronic conditions in old and young, including babies and pregnant women. It can be safely used alongside conventional medicine.
It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. While it is most popular in India and South America, over thirty million people in Europe, and millions of others around the world, also benefit from its use.
Sophia is a very professional, friendly, warm and reassuring homeopath. Her questions are interesting and pertinent to help you unravel your story. She is alert and perceptive, loves her subject and is endlessly fascinated about how each person presents in different ways. She has helped me to realise patterns and recover the threads of my life and because of her dedicated approach to my case, I have been able to get to the centre of the onion - Naomi Newsham, Brighton
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Homeopathy for First Aid and Common Ailments Workshop
Initial appointment - one and a half hours to two hours - £120 adult or £83 for child under 16
Follow up appointments - half an hour to one hour - £70 adult or £63 for child under 16
Acute Consultation- up to half an hour - £30
Prices usually include the cost of your medicines.
To book your appointment click on the “book online” tab. You can also book a free 30 minute discovery call either on Zoom or by telephone. It is your opportunity to meet me and gain some clarity about how we might work together towards your wellbeing. You can tell me what you want to achieve, and I can explain how we might get there, answering your questions about the various healing modalities I offer as we go.
Home Prescriber Workshop
"A very insightful course. Having used my Helios box of remedies for years now, it was helpful to delve deeper into the 18 remedies. The case studies helped bring the learning to life and embed the learning. A useful course for anyone who wants to use homeopathy as a tool in their home first aid kit. Great for managing acute symptoms, useful for coughts, colds, flu, upset tummies etc. Many thanks." Helen Turier
"Lots of useful information enabling us to prescribe for acute situations, giving me more confidence to choose a remedy for a person and their symptoms rather than prescribe for any specific ailment/disease". Rachael Adari
I am a member of the Travelling Homeopaths Collective. This is a collection of professional
homeopaths, providing assistance with first aid and acute illnesses to visitors to outdoor events,
festivals and gatherings . It is a registered charity.
Does homeopathy help people to improve their health?
Yes it does, particularly with regard to chronic, long term conditions.
For example, an observational study at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital included over
6,500 consecutive patients with more than 23,000 attendances in a six-year period;
70% of follow up patients reported improved health, 50% reported major improvement.
The largest improvements were reported in childhood eczema or asthma, and in
inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal problems and migraines.
Other examples: in 2018 a study in Italy observed nearly 4000 patients who were assessed
before and after receiving homeopathic treatment at a clinic in Tuscany. Improvements were recorded in 88.8% of patients overall, with significant improvements seen in 68.1%. In the nearby Oncology clinic, homeopathic and integrative treatment of the adverse effects of anti-cancer therapies was effective in 89.1% of followed-up cancer patients, particularly for hot flashes, nausea, depression, asthenia and anxiety.
A study in Germany followed over 3,500 chronically ill adults and children receiving routine homeopathic care from GPs over an eight-year period. At the start, 97% of participants were diagnosed with a chronic complaint and 95% declared previous conventional treatment for their condition. The study found that, “patients who seek homeopathic treatment are likely to improve considerably” and that health benefits were steady and long term.
There are more studies of this nature, especially from France, Germany and Switzerland, all countries where homeopathy is widely used.
What research is there in homeopathy?
There is sound research and evidence in homeopathy.
For example; by the end of 2019, 221 randomised controlled trials of homeopathy on 115 different medical conditions had been published in peer-reviewed journals. Of these, 129 were placebo-controlled on 77 medical conditions and were therefore eligible for detailed review.
45% were positive, finding that homeopathy was effective; 4% were negative, finding that homeopathy was ineffective; and 51% were inconclusive.
These results are surprisingly similar to the effectiveness of conventional medicine. A study printed in 2015 in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that of 3,000 commonly used NHS treatments 50% are of unknown effectiveness and only 11% are proven to be beneficial.
SSRI anti-depressants, such as Prozac, are an example of such a treatment. These have now been confirmed as being no more effective than placebo in the treatment of mild and moderate depression, yet in 2016 the NHS dispensed 64.7 million anti-depressant items.
Several systematic reviews and meta-analyses of homeopathy (large scale overview of all previous research) have also been carried out. However, until 2014, none had looked solely at placebo-controlled trials of individualised homeopathic treatment, as is usually delivered by homeopaths in practice.
The research team led by Dr Mathie et al. has now performed such an analysis and found that homeopathic medicines when prescribed during individualised treatment are 1.5-2.0 times more likely to have a beneficial effect than placebo. As Dr Mathie explains, when taken collectively, this programme of work reaches an “unequivocally positive result” for homeopathy.
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What should I expect if I book a homeopathic consultation with you?
Homeopathy works holistically and treats each person as a unique individual. As well as getting a thorough understanding of your health concerns, I also want to find out about medical history, sleep patterns, temperament, likes and dislikes and all the things that make you a unique and precious individual. Before we meet, I will email you a New Patient Questionnaire to gather some of this information and you can either email it back to me or bring it with you to our first meeting.
Consultations can be arranged in person at one of my clinics, my home treatment room or on Zoom. The first consultation usually lasts around one and half to two hours, after which I will prescribe a remedy that is the best match for your whole picture. Sometimes you will receive your remedy at the appointment (if it is in person) but more usually, I like to work on your case for a day or two before sending out your prescription in the post. Homeopathic medicines are usually taken as tablets or pillules, or they may be given in liquid or powder form.
Follow up consultations usually take place around four to six weeks later and are a little shorter, lasting 30 minutes to an hour. Follow-ups are an opportunity to talk in depth about any changes that have occurred. I then decide on the next stage of the treatment plan and may need to fine tune the prescription.
As you progress, follow up consultations may be spread further apart to six weeks, two months, and so on. Many people like to maintain a regular contact with their homeopath, booking an appointment every six months or so, using homeopathy as a ‘preventive medicine’, so that optimum health can be maintained, and any symptoms are addressed quickly.
If an acute illness arises more than one month after your last appointment with me then I charge £30 for acute support. This can be in person, on Zoom or by telephone.