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Finding a natural alternative to traditional medicine: Homeopathy – An Interview with Kiran Grover
As mothers we are always concerned about our children’s health, constantly on the look out for the best treatment for our little ones. Traditional medicine can have their benefits but for some this may be a tried and tested route, with little or no success. Natural alternatives have existed for years in many cultures and societies around the world, and we are now seeing all kinds of therapies available on our local high street as a healthy substitutes. One such alternative is homeopathic medicine
As someone who has been a staunch believer in homeopathy for many years I decided to take this route with both my children, from teething to night-waking, behavioural problems to allergies. Homeopathy seemed to be the one thing that has always worked for my family and me. It is for this reason that I decided to interview Kiran Grover from Healthy Homeopathy, a North West London based homeopath, and Director of the Society of Homeopaths. In her interview Kiran tells us about her experience of working as a homeopath and how it could be a worthwhile alternative for all of us.
Hi Kiran, tell us a bit about yourself, your background?
I am born and brought up just outside of London and I worked in Whitehall for several years as a policy adviser. I have two young children and as well as running a busy clinic in north west London, I am a Director for the Society of Homeopaths, a Trustee of Foresight and the Chairman of a School PTA!
Was homeopathy your first line of study?
Far from it! I first studied History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, London University, as I have a great love of Indian art. I then went on to work as a civil servant for a few years and then decided to study homeopathy.
Who or what inspired you to take up homeopathy?
Many years ago my grandfather was diagnosed with appendicitis, so as a practicing homeopath he treated it successfully himself. He practiced in New Delhi philanthropically, helping the sick and poor for free. My grandfather was recognised for his good work and received an OBI (Order of British India). After that my great uncle and mother followed in his footsteps, and so when I was born homeopathy was second nature to me.
There are many myths that surround homeopathy, how would you dispel any concern parents have?
Homeopathy has been around for over two hundred years and is a complete form of medicine, it is safe, natural and free from side effects. It can be used alongside anything prescribed by the GP – in fact I often treat patients who have been referred to me by their GP with conditions they are unable to treat. Homeopathy can be simple and it is a great way for people to be in control of their own health. There are remedies that you can buy at most chemists for common complaints like coughs, colds and tummy aches. But for more chronic issues, like hay fever, skin complaints, stress etc then it is important to contact a registered and qualified Homeopath.
What makes homeopathy different to other alternatives out there such as Bach flower remedies?
Bach flower remedies are an off shoot of Homeopathy and things like Rescue Remedy can complement Homeopathic treatment well.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about homeopathic medicine?
The best thing about Homeopathy is that it addresses the underlying causes of the patient’s symptoms and moves them towards better health and vitality. Homeopathy has long been used in countries such as France and Switzerland and can be safely used alongside traditional medicine making it an attractive option for those seeking a natural alternative.
Homeopathy doesn’t come cheap. How can homeopathic treatment be more accessible to all types of families, especially in the current economic climate?
At my clinic as well as having child and adult consultations we have family consultations too, which help saves money and we also have a low cost clinic which my students run under my supervision. In some cases homeopathy can also be available on the NHS by referral through your GP, although there may be a long waiting list.
It was lovely to talk to you Kiran, thank you for taking part in this interview.
If you’d like more information about homeopathy you can contact Kiran Grover at:www.healthyhomeopathy.co.uk
Or to find your nearest homeopath visit: www.homeopathy-soh.org