Chronic Conditions and Pain Relief
What are chronic conditions?
Chronic conditions are long-term health problems that can be managed but not effectively resolved by conventional medicine. This includes conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, digestive disorders and arthritis.
Indeed, long-term health problems are some of the most common complaints leading people to seek homeopathic consultations. Additionally, people seek homeopaths because they are concerned about side effects of conventional treatment and they value a more integrated approach to health.
Patient reported improvements
Patients suffering from chronic conditions have reported homeopathic treatment to be helpful in improving their well-being and in managing the impact of their diagnosed condition on their life: in surveys performed in NHS Homeopathic Hospitals over 70% of respondents said they felt that their health had improved after receiving homeopathic care. Not only did their sense of health and well-being improve considerably, but the improvement was maintained over a number of years.
Also, 80% of children involved in an observational study at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital which looked at the results seen when patients received homeopathic treatment under real life condtions, reported that their chronic conditions (most frequently, asthma, eczema, hayfever, epilepsy and migraine) felt ‘better’ or ‘much better’ after seeing a homeopath.
A positive change in well-being and outlook can have beneficial consequences on physical well-being too. Patients’ experience of successful homeopathic treatment is often that they first report feeling better ‘in themselves’ and then that their physical symptoms become more manageable.
Pain can dominate our life experience, so natural pain relief is on a lot of people’s minds. Whether the discomfort occurs in the head, stomach, back, joints or muscles, pain can make simple activities difficult, ruin our ability to concentrate, and interfere with body mechanics. For some, every movement must be calculated to avoid discomfort.
We generally address mild pain with other-the-counter remedies, such as ibuporfen and paracetamol. In fact, they are frequently overused for chronic pain because they’re assumed to be safe. While these drugs can reduce inflammation, they don’t always get to the root of the problem and may sometimes only mask the symptoms. Furthermore, new research suggest that these drugs have more serious long-term side effects than previously believed, contributing to intestinal damage, liver failure and more. Prescription pain medications are much more risky while also being dangerously habit-forming.
Ideally, we want a pain treatment that alleviates the discomfort, addresses the root causes and promotes health. Homeopathy meets this discription. By reducing inflammation, improving circulation and addressing the cause homeopathy can bring relief and support overall health.