There are now over 100 complementary therapies. Some have their origins in the ancient healing traditions of Chinese or ayurvedic medicine; some are relative newcomers, having been devised in the late 20th century. A number of them such as floatation, the Bach flower remedies, and zero balancing have been discovered and brought to us by medically-trained doctors.

The herbal formula is usually made up with 4 - 18 different herbs, depending on the therapeutic action the herbalist is creating. All formula's are balanced, with some herbs for eliminating any internal excesses if they exist, while some will be for tonifying any existing deficiencies. The herbs are combined together, each lending the other strength.

Homoeopathic remedies are prescribed by matching the symptom pictures of the patient with that of the remedy. For example, if a person is suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, minute doses of a remedy are given that in it's crude form, would cause diarrhoea and vomiting in a healthy person. A homoeopathic remedy is not just a minute quantity of a substance, it has also been through a process of potentisation which enables the remedy to act as a catalyst on the subtle energies of the body.

Remedies in the 6th potency (6C) should be taken one dose every three hours until there is some improvement, then dosage should be taken less frequently. Alternatively, remedies in the 6th potency may be taken as a course of treatment: one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening for ten days.

Integrative Medicine with Dr. Kate

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