Homing in on homeopathy

March 13, 2009

Beer helps hangovers? Surely the rumour that drinking more beer can cure a hangover can’t be true? According to the theories of homeopathy this may be the case. Homeopath Jaynee Treon convinced her audience that “like can cure like” during a lecture at Kings College.

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine, which uses very diluted substances, such as extracts from flowers or rocks to treat health problems.

And controversial to modern medicine, the substances used are picked because they cause symptoms that are identical to the ones that are being treated.

For example, if you burn your hand, it’s common to reach for the cold tap.

Flowers and minerals are used to make homeopathy medicines

Flowers and minerals are used to make homeopathy medicines

However, Ms Treon says that running warm water over the burn is much more effective.

She said: “Homeopathy is a deeper look into what actually is going on.” One of the main concepts of homeopathy is that like can treat like.

In the case of burning yourself, treating it with a ‘like’ state such as warmth rather than cold, should be a better remedy and Treon has observed less blistering and scarring.

The reason for this is that you do not shock and disrupt the bodies way of dealing with the injury.

Root cause

Treon has been practicing homeopathy for the past 10 years and is a member of the Leaf Foundation and the Association of Classical Homeopathy. She and her family haven’t used any conventional medicines during this time.

Instead they use homeopathic medicines with the theory that every symptom has a cause related to your emotional as well as physical state.

Treon spends two hours with each of her patients, getting to the very root of a patient’s symptoms. She says that homeopathic medicine only works if a person is willing to be responsible for their health and to commit to the treatment.

There are some 680 scientifically proven homeopathic medicines and there are still many more that could work but have not yet been trialled.

Although homeopathy is available on the NHS, it contradicts many of the rules of conventional medicine and Treon warns it cannot be used to cure severe diseases such as Parkinsons or Alzheimers.

However Treon says: “I would like to see more people learning about homeopathy and making a choice for themselves.”

By Laura James