24th November 2017 
Websites for therapists

Counselling and Homeopathy

The following wording has been prepared by therapy websites, to describe the range of therapies offered by therapy websites clients, in this case counselling and homeopathy. This wording is not the responsibility of the Adlerian Society, and is not endorsed by the Adlerian Society

Amongst the wide range of therapists who use therapy websites, homeopathy features as an important area of specialism. Some counsellors train in both disciplines, although it is far more common for homeopaths to be specialists. The word comes from the Greek homoeo (meaning similar) and pathos (meaning suffering), although the traditional spelling of homoeopathy has in recent times fallen out of favour for the American spelling "homeopathy".

Homeopathy is a complementary medicine. Its underlying principle is "let like be cured by like", first stated by a German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. He observed that many natural products produce pharmacological or toxicological effects, which he referred to as symptoms. He proposed that substances that produce symptoms similar to a given disease could be used to treat that disease. This theory can be traced back as far as Hypocrites, 468-377 BC, but it wasn't until the work of Hahnemann that the theory was developed into a usable practice.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared by repeating a process of dilution followed by succussion (vigorous shaking achieved through striking an elastic body). The original material may be a plant, chemical, mineral or animal source, which is then shaken and succussed to a specific degree. A ’6c’ remedy, for example, will have been diluted 1 part in 100 then succussed, six times. Although, like herbal remedies, the ingredients of homeopathic products may be herbal, the important distinction is the process of preparation using dilution and succussion.

Homeopathy was introduced into Britain in the 1830s and has been funded and provided on the National Health Service (NHS) since its inception in 1948. The NHS currently funds homeopathy at the discretion of its individual Primary Care Trusts which commission services, There are four homeopathic hospitals in the UK, located in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Glasgow. These hospitals fall under the jurisdiction of their respective PCTs. Individuals seeking homeopathy on the NHS may be referred at the discretion of their GP. In some cases, GPs themselves are qualified homeopaths. In addition, some insurance companies are happy to cover complementary therapies.

Homeopathy looks at the body holistically, aiming to treat the unique individual, and as a result, a homeopathy practitioner may be of assistance in bringing about relief from chronic diseases. If you are presently trying to cope with a psychological complaint then you may find homeopathy to be complementary to professional counselling.