Holistic Treatment of Patient not Disease

Homoeopathy is a holistic form of medicine. In treating an illness, it takes into account the unique emotional and physical traits of the individual concerned. In orthodox medicine, several people suffering from influenza would receive the same diagnosis and same type of treatment even though they do not necessarily have exactly the same symptoms nor react to them in same way. In homoeopathy the remedy is chosen to match the symptoms as closely as possible, so that each person might be given a different remedy.

Homoeopathic remedies work by helping the body’s defense system to help itself. Obviously anything that prevents the body functioning properly for example a poor diet, lack of stress, gives remedies an uphill struggle and requires an attention. Although homoeopathy works very quickly in common, everyday complaints, it is not a treatment for those in search of an instant cure. It requires careful self-observation and the will power to stick to a plan of action. The reward for this is a greater sense of well-being, energy and resistance to disease.

The holistic approach is best expressed by words of doctor and philosopher Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) who said “Within every patient there resides a doctor and we as physicians are at our best when we put our patients in touch with the doctor inside themselves”.