What is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a type of complementary medicine developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century based on the concept of like cures like. This means, a substance that causes symptoms of illness in a healthy person is the same substance that can cure the illness when administered in minute doses. The practice of homoeopathy involves the repeated dilution of a substance in water until only little of its active ingredient is left. This is followed by vigorous shaking of the solution called succussion.
What are the Benefits of Homoeopathy?
Practitioners of homoeopathy believe that suppressing the symptoms of disease with medication only worsens them. Homoeopathic solutions are instrumental in activating the body’s natural healing and defence mechanism as they address the root cause of the disease, rather than just treat the symptoms. Homoeopathy is widely used in treating mild to serious conditions affecting the mind, body and spirit, including:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Cold and flu
- Digestive problems
- High blood pressure
- Hormonal imbalance
- Muscle spasms
- Psoriasis and other skin conditions
How Much Does Homoeopathy in Melbourne Cost?
Consulting a practitioner of homoeopathy in Melbourne will cost anywhere from $90 to $200, depending on the homeopathic remedies that the practitioner prescribes for your condition. A homeopathy online consultation can incur additional costs for postage, packaging and delivery costs.
How Many Homoeopathy Practitioners Are There in Melbourne?
Melbourne happens to have a large number of natural health professionals practising homoeopathy. In fact, many of them have been using the modality as part of their naturopathic treatments for more than 40 years now. Statistical data on the characteristics of complementary therapists in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008) showed that 75% of homoeopaths in the country are employed, while more than 90% run their own private practice.
How Many People in Melbourne Use Homoeopathy?
A high prevalence of visits to homoeopaths in Melbourne and other parts of Victoria was recorded by a 2007 study (Xue et al.) on the regional difference in the use of complementary medicine in Australia. The total number of visits to homoeopaths in this region was found to be considerably higher than in other states. Most people who seek homoeopathic treatments have been diagnosed with cancer or an inflammatory disease.