What is homeopathic medicine?

My name’s Melissa Ieraci and I’m a homeopath
at Bloor West Wellness Clinic. Homeopathic medicine is a 200-year old system
of medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann in Germany. It’s a natural system of medicine that treats
on the theory of like curing like. When I meet with patients in a consultation
it takes about 2 hours and basically we go through the entire health history, everything
from the physical complaint that usually brings people to see me, but we usually end up talking
about our mental and emotional state as well because homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine
meaning that we take into account that mind-body connection. Allergies is always a great example. Allumina cepa, which is the common onion,
you know when we cut onions, sort of that crude effect is that they make our eyes really
watery, our nose sometimes water and sort of that burning sensation? Allumina cepa is a great remedy to use for
allergies when people experience those same symptoms, those burning eyes and burning discharge,
maybe even a runny nose. Now we have about thousands of remedies that
we can use to treat ourselves or to treat patients and the right homeopathic remedy
is going to give you those long-lasting results. Consultations are about 2 hours long and we
go through the whole health history. We talk about what brings you here, so usually
it’s a physical complaint, but we get into the details of the physical complaint. Not just about that eczema patch on your arm,
but what does it look like, what does it feel like, how does it make you feel? What sensation do you get, is it itchy? It is burning? And then, as well, how does it affect you
in your day-to-day life? What does it feel like to be in your shoes
with your condition and with your illness? I’m trying to get to know you as much as possible
so that I can get to the core of the foundation of the issue, so we can treat the root cause. I see a lot of children and women because
homeopathy is that low dose, it’s really safe to use on pregnant women or for small children,
so that’s often what I see in my practice. I’ve treated issues such as high blood pressure,
eczema and skin conditions, as well as any kind of tummy troubles, gastritis, as well
as fertility, hormones and menopause. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get
that right remedy, but once that remedy is administered, we can probably see effects
in a few months to a year, depending on how long you’ve been suffering. The tools that they (conventional doctors)
have to work with are medicines that basically suppress or cut us off from our symptoms. They’re palliative so they just control our
symptoms, they don’t really cure our condition. We look to get to the root cause for the end
goal being that you no longer have to have this illness anymore or you’ve at least maintained
it in a way that it’s not affecting your quality of life. Usually when you get medications and your
medical doctor’s it always leads to more medications and never necessarily improves your quality
of life. You can take homeopathic medications while
you’re pregnant or if you’re on other medications. Because it’s such a low dose and it’s so gentle,
it can be used alongside any other form of treatment. If you’re interested to find out more about
homeopathy, you can contact me at Bloor West Wellness Clinic and that’s at 2428a Bloor
St. W. Our website is bloorwestwellness.com or you can contact me personally through my
website at melthehomeopath.com

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