Homeopathy is based on the concept that ‘like cures like’. The idea is to use minute quantities of a substance, which, if given in full strength to a healthy person would produce similar symptoms to those being experienced by the patient. Homeopaths look for the underlying cause of an illness. The remedy would stimulate the body’s own natural healing powers.
A homeopath begins the consultation by taking a detailed history from their patient: lifestyle, ailments, attitude to life, diet, life events and moods. From this information they build up a picture of their symptoms and match the remedy accordingly.
Homeopathy aims to treat mental, emotional and physical symptoms in people of all ages. It can be used for a wide range of conditions, for example, sore throats, fevers, arthritis, eczema and anxiety.
There are no set working hours. Unsocial hours may be required to accomodate their patients.
The majority of a homeopath's time is spent sitting down in the consultation room. Some standing and bending may also be involved.
To be a homeopath you should:
As a homeopath you can work within the NHS or in private practice. Others practise in homeopathic hospitals or private clinics. Most homeopaths are self-employed. Some homeopaths are already qualified GPs.
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