Dr Uwe Hild is an experienced German born and trained GP who has been using Homeopathy in addition to conventional family medicine for over twenty years. Dr. Hill joined The Ashe Street Clinic in January 2000.
Homeopathy is one of the oldest modern medical treatments based on observation and experiment. Homeopathy uses remedies based on minerals, plants or animals, as well as diluted chemicals, alone or in combination. The main difference is that homeopathic medicines are made by diluting the original substance many times over so that the final remedy is so “thin” that it cannot possibly have side-effects, in other words, this is a superbly safe therapeutic approach. This also means that homeopathy does not work like your normal antibiotic, painkiller or vitamin where we kill bugs, numb sensations or replace missing substance. Instead we stimulate the body and frequently the mind by gently nudge it – to make you better.
Clinical Homeopathy is the use of remedies for specific conditions, pretty much like we know it from conventional treatment. You may be given Arnica for a sprain, Nux Vomica for nausea, Apis for a sting or any of the other remedies which you may know from having read up on homeopathy or used it on yourself or the kids.
Complex Homeopathy is the use of a combination of remedies in one tablet or globule for a specific condition like arthritis or bronchitis, again, very similar to what we do in conventional treatment – only that the effect is really up to how your body responds and what else you do to make thingsbetter.
Classical Homeopathy is the most time consuming and also the most rewarding homeopathic approach, where one remedy is sought that will cover all the patient’s symptoms, whether or not they appear related to the complaint that treatment is wanted for. Ideally, this can reverse chronic conditions by changing the body’s functioning, rather than just suppressing the symptoms of the disease.
Homeopathic treatment is obviously highly suited to children who have not been exposed to a lot of damaging influences and whose systems are still very responsive to gentle inputs. So we can often get good results, even within a few sessions, with restless sleepers, teething problems, recurrent ear-or-throat infections and similar problems. Sometimes a bit of management or dietary advice can also help. And, since safety is at the top of our minds, we will always use conventional treatments when required.
In adults, the main use of homeopathy is for chronic, functional conditions, ideally ones that have not been treated conventionally for very long – so we may be talking about PMT, constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome, early stage of asthma, hayfever, to give a few examples.
And it is important to note that, if you come after having seen everybody and tried everything, it may be difficult while if you come early it may be short and easy.