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The Origins of Homeopathy

By James McVeigh, clinic assistant

The ideas of homeopathy were first put forward by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, in 1807. Originally he had made his living as a village doctor, before becoming disillusioned with the inadequacies of early 19th Century medicine which often worsened rather than healed conditions. More than a decade later, he learned how the bark of a Peruvian tree can help treat malaria. When he tried consuming this bark whilst healthy to test its effects, he developed symptoms similar to those of the early stages of the disease. From this, he became convinced that ‘like cures like’, a principle first put forward by the 16th Century chemist Paracelsus.


Upon further research he developed his newly christened science of ‘Homeopathy‘ with the ideas of potentization and succussion. Succession is a method of shaking involving elastic and is combined with dilutions of a substance that generates similar symptoms to the target disease. This method causes the substance to become ‘potentized’, retaining its therapeutic effects and losing the negative symptoms.

He also put forward the idea of ‘miasms’ which are deep-rooted causes of diseases that affect the vitality of the sufferer. The importance of miasms is that the treatment of just the symptoms is not guaranteed to be effective, as the underlying problem is not addressed.


Homeopathy declined in the late 19th to early 20th Century, but underwent a resurgence in the 1970s, largely due to the efforts of the greek Homeopath George Vithoulkas. He studied the practice in South Africa and India before returning to Greece and starting a school, centre, journal and society for Homeopathy. His work established Homeopathy as a credible medical treatment system in Greece, later expanding this to much of the West, including the UK.

Homeopathy is available in Bristol here at the Natural Health Clinic with the practitioner Lyn Clark. Additionally, a new service will soon be starting at the clinic; Homeopathy for All. This will be an effort to reduce the costs involved in seeking treatment to ensure everyone can benefit from the therapy.


July 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Our Favourite Homeopathic Remedies for the Festive Season

by Paul Black LBSH, RSHom, Cert ECBS, MFHT, MICHT

Arguably one of the most stressful time of the year will soon be upon us, and I would like to offer a few homeopathic remedies, which help to see your way through with a little less stress.  These remedies should be taken in a 30c potency, which are available from most chemists and health shops.  Remedies should not need to be taken more frequently than every hour, and one or two doses is normally sufficient.  Remember if symptoms persist, please consult your homeopath or GP.

Ignatia – On the run up to Christmas, when you are trying to get everything together, shopping, food, etc. and you end up being responsible for just about everybody and everything, plus feel like screaming at the same time.

Robinia – After you have eaten too much, and are feeling bloated, or have heartburn or stomach acid, this remedy works as well as any proprietary brand of antacid, and within minutes.

Nux vom – When you have over-indulged, especially in the rich festive fare, or drinks of an alcoholic nature and you wake in the morning regretting the night before, Nux vom is the remedy to clear your head and make you feel sane again.  It is also a good remedy to help after overworking and to ease constipation.

Arsenicum – We hope you will not need this one!  It is a useful remedy for the symptoms of food poisoning, especially if you have sickness and diarrhoea, also if you have a burning pain in the stomach.

Gelsemium – Often people contract the ‘flu over the Christmas period, possibly because of increased contact with others, or possibly because of having a time to relax whilst not at work and you ‘make time’ to be ill!  Gelsemium can be used to help with the ‘flu symptoms, but is also of use when the ‘flu has gone, but you still feel tired and lethargic.

If you are still feeling ‘out of sorts’ or suffering with a seasonal illness then book a homeopathic appointment with Paul Black at the Natural Health Clinic.  To help you start 2011 in better health Paul is offering a promotional discount of 20% giving an hour’s consultation plus remedies for £32. (offer valid until 31/1/11).

November 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Busy Women Urged to Look After Themselves

by Paul Black LBSH, RSHom, Cert ECBS, MFHT, MICHT

Bristol homeopath Paul Black is urging women to look after their health by taking regular time out for themselves.

Women’s lives today are busier and more stressful than ever, with many juggling jobs, childcare and looking after the home. Stress can increase the likelihood of illness, with research linking it to decreased functioning of the immune system1 and raised cholesterol levels.2

And women are one-and-a-half times more likely to be affected by anxiety and depression, according to the charity Mind.

Paul says women often put themselves last to the detriment of their own health. “I see many women patients who have ignored symptoms and carried on when ill or tired. It’s vital that early warning signs are paid attention to, and often all that is needed is some relaxation time. After all, women are usually the linchpin of family life.”

Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given mainly in tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient.

Paul explained that women often turn to homeopathy as a last resort when all else has failed.  Either conventional medicine has no “cure” (such as in chronic thrush or persistent bladder infections) or they do not want to take long term medication such as HRT for menopausal symptoms or the contraceptive pill for heavy periods. Sometimes, despite debilitating symptoms, doctors can find no “disease” to explain the symptoms.

Homeopaths see each patient as an individual, treating the person rather than the illness. Hence, patients with the same medical diagnosis will need different homeopathic medicines (known as remedies) according to the complex interaction of their symptoms. A homeopath will also need to know a range of detailed information, such as lifestyle, food preferences, and personality traits.

Problems suffered by women commonly seen by homeopaths in their clinics include acne, mental and emotional issues, persistent infections, menopausal symptoms such as mood swings and hot flushes, and hormonal problems such as PMT and heavy periods.

For more information, please contact Paul Black on

0117 974 1199 or 01275 339422.


There is a growing research evidence base demonstrating that homeopathy is clinically effective beyond placebo,3 that treatment by a homeopath is safe4 and that homeopathic medicines can have specific biological effects.5

By the end of 2009, 142 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing homeopathy with placebo or conventional treatment had been published in peer-reviewed journals. In terms of statistically significant results, 74 of these trials were able to draw firm conclusions: 63 were positive for homeopathy and eleven were negative.6

Five major systematic reviews have been carried out to analyse the balance of evidence from RCTs of homeopathy – four were positive,7,8,9,10 and one was negative.11


  1. 1. Herbert TB, Cohen S. Stress and immunity in humans: a meta-analytic review. Psychosomatic Medicine, 1993; 55(4): 364-379
  2. 2. Steptoe A, Brydon L. Associations between acute lipid stress responses and fasting lipid levels 3 years later. Health Psychology, 2005; 24(6): 601-7

3. Taylor MA, Reilly D, Llewellyn-Jones RH, et al. Randomised controlled trials of homoeopathy versus placebo in perennial allergic rhinitis with overview of four trial series. Br Med J 2000; 321: 471–6

4. Dantas F, Rampes H. Do homeopathic medicines provoke adverse effects? A systematic review. Br Homeopath J 2000; 89: 535–8

5. Witt CM, Bluth M, Albrecht H, et al. The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies – a systematic review of the literature. Complement Ther Med, 2007; 15: 128–138

6. Mathie, R. The Research Evidence Base for Homeopathy. British Homeopathic Association, 2009.

7. Kleijnen J, et al. Clinical trials of homeopathy. Br Med J, 1991; 302: 316–23

8. Linde K, et al. Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled trials. Lancet, 1997; 350: 834–43

9. Linde K, et al. Impact of study quality on outcome in placebo controlled trials of homeopathy. J Clin Epidemiol, 1999; 52: 631–6

10. Cucherat M, et al. Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy – A meta-analysis of clinical trials. Eur J Clin Pharmacol, 2000; 56: 27–33

11. Shang A, et al. Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy. Lancet, 2005; 366: 726–32

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