Karen Seyersted MSc, MARH, MNHL
What is Homoepathy?
The principles of homeopathy were known already in ancient times. Samuel Hahnemann was the first to study and systematize the science of homeopathy. He worked in Germany around 1800, and is regarded as the father of homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources: Plants, animals and minerals. The remedies have been proved systematically on humans through more than two centuries.
The philosophy is based on observation of natural healing processes; what really works and how.
The remedies work as an energetic stimulant on the individual's immune system/ self healing powers, aiming at improved health and wellbeing. Understanding the dynamics of health and disease is essential for a successful treatment.
Stimulating the organism
In all living organisms there is
potential for health. The vital force or healthy energy needs the
right stimulation to work efficiently. A homeopath treats mainly
the individual's self healing powers, not the illness itself. This
explains why ten people with a similar condition may get ten
different remedies. It also explains why the same homeopathic
medication may be used for very different problems.
What conditions can benefit from homeopathy?
Homeopathy may be beneficial both in preventing and curing unhealthy conditions. It may be part of a detoxification protocol, be combined with special diets, other CAM interventions, functional medicine and emotional care. Homeopathy is often used to reduce side effects of conventional medicine. Visiting a homeopath can also be a learning experience as the consultation is very thorough, aiming to gain an increased understanding of what has been and is affecting your health.
Some of the ailments where homeopathy may be used are: Allergy and hayfever, asthma, eczema, recurrent infections, rheumatic complaints and muscle pain, headache and migraine, digestive disorders, ailments of pregnancy, hormonal imbalances including PMS, sleep disturbances, fatigue, anxiety and depression, alternating mood, challenging behavior, concentration problems and stress.
Visiting your Therapist
The treatment is always based on a thorough interview that will enable the homeopath to build a picture of your health and create a treatment plan. You will also be asked to fill in a confidential questionnaire.
The consultation usually takes 1 hour (child) to 1.5 hours (adult) and you will be seated in a comfortable chair with your clothes on.
What happens during the consultation?
Seeing a homeopath for the first time means going through all your health complaints and potential. What affects / has affected you the most? What are your main obstacles for cure? What makes you feel well and energetic?
Homeopathic medication is prescribed based on the totality. The remedies are given as "sugarpills" or liquid.
Homeopathic treatment will include a 1-2 hour first interview, and follow up consultations every 2-6-weeks till the condition is stabilised. A follow up consultation is 0.5-1 hour.
Between consultations the homeopath is available for questions or communication about the process via email or telephone/ sms.
What to expect from homeopathic treatment
Used for acute conditions, homeopathy can have almost immediate effect. The most dramatic response can be seen in animals and young children.
In chronic conditions our first aim is to break the tendency to illness. Successful treatment for a chronic condition such as for example migraine, means that you will have attacks less frequently, less intense and of shorter duration, and the need of other medication will be less.
"The highest ideal of the treatment is to restore a healthy condition rapidly, gently and permanently: to remove and destroy all parts of illness in the most direct, secure and less harmful way - following clear and easy- to- understand principles". Samuel Hahnemann "Organon der Heilkunst", 1810.
Karen Seyersted MSc, MARH, MNHL is a Norwegian physiotherapist (masseur/kinesitherapeute Montpellier, France 1981) and Classical homeopath SIKH/ MNHL (Oslo, Norway 1996). In 2014 she completed a MSc in Integrated Healthcare at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), investigating homeopathic practitioners´ experience in treating children with autism. She is currently a postgraduate student at School of Health and Related Research at Sheffield University, focusing on the role of homeopathy in acute and recurrent infections.
Karen became a homeopath after a long search for a natural treatment for her own children who were suffering from allergies, eczema and repeated infections. After experiencing how homeopathic treatment helped them overcome not only infections, allergies and skin problems, but also improved their sleep and general wellbeing, she studied homeopathy at Scandinavian Institute of Classical Homeopathy (SIKH) in Oslo.
When not spending time on research projects, as a homeopath Karen prefers to work as a generalist. This means that she sees patients suffering from anything from skin eruptions, allergies, headaches, digestive disorders and infections to emotional and developmental problems. Children will always be an important part of her practice, as will mothers and mothers to be.
Homeopathy also works well on animals, but in the UK only veterinary surgeons may treat animals.
Karen practices at her home office in Wimbledon.
Karen Seyersted MSc, MARH,