Homeopathy as a Complementary Treatment Option for “Vaccine Preventable Illnesses”

People who choose not to vaccinate their children or themselves (or cannot vaccinate because of medical reasons) are confronted with a multitude of questions. While the first step is taken with the decision not to vaccinate (or to partially vaccinate), the second step is to gain as much knowledge as possible about the diseases they are going to be exposed to, including treatment options.

Conventional medicine at this point has little or no effective treatment for example for viral diseases such as measles, which makes it more difficult. However, most doctors nowadays have a good understanding about the importance of nutrition and an adequate vitamin and mineral intake. Some are focused on preventing illness rather than treating it, while others even incorporate complementary treatments such as acupuncture and homeopathy in their practice or will refer you. This is certainly not the norm in New Zealand, but they are out there. Choosing a GP who shares or at least respects your philosophy is an important step, because it means that you will be more comfortable with your decision in the long run.

In addition, people can choose other forms of treatment according to their needs. Homeopathy is a widely used form of complementary treatment with hundreds of millions of people using it world wide. It works by stimulating the innate self-healing response, so the body can effectively fight invading pathogens itself. It is very safe, gentle and effective, and can generally be used together with other healing modalities.

With homeopathy, the whole person is treated and not isolated symptoms or body parts. The philosophy behind it is very different to the beliefs of modern science. Homeopaths have a more dynamic and energetic understanding of health and disease, which includes the existence of a so-called “vital force”. For more information about homeopathy in general I recommend visiting www.homeopathy.co.nz.

When it comes to treating “vaccine preventable illnesses”, homeopathy is certainly an option worth considering. However, there is always a possibility of developing complications with any acute illness which can potentially become very serious, so in this case homeopathic treatment is best left to a trained homeopath / doctor.

Usually, the initial consultation with a homeopath takes between 60 and 90 minutes. It gives the homeopath a good understanding of your overall state of health, any chronic problems that you might have and also gives you the opportunity to ask questions. Follow-up consultations or consultations for acute problems are shorter and fees vary according to region and homeopath.

I personally think that no system of medicine has the answer to every problem. Even people who choose to vaccinate need to be aware that they might not be fully protected and can still catch the disease or be a carrier. This is possibly more difficult for the person than not vaccinating at all, because you feel protected when in fact you might not be. Either way, in my opinion it is very important to have a plan and know what to do if you or your children get sick. Read lots and make up your own mind. Homeopathy is just one of many options.