Dr Gabriella Day
Homeopath and GP
I am a GP in Southampton. I began training in homeopathy as it is clear that for many conditions conventional treatment options are not effective and can have unwanted side effects. It seemed to me that there must be another way to help people suffering from symptoms such as these.
I believe in whole person medicine. No illness exists in isolation. The human body is immensely sophisticated and complicated and we do not understand it fully. Therefore the illness cannot be separated from the person suffering the disease. This may be as simple as stress impairing the immune system to far more complex interactions.
Homeopathic treatment seeks to match the underlying disturbance in the system and stimulate the body to correct itself.
My registering body is the faculty of homeopathy- the professional body responsible for training medical professionals in homeopathy and for monitoring continuing professional development.
Dr Gabriella Day attended the Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School and qualified in 2002 with a distinction in pharmacology and a merit in medicine. She was also winner of the Astra Zeneca pharmaceutical prize. She then went on to study for the specialist medical exams gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2004. After this she took a sideways step and moved in to General Practice as she felt she wanted to address the whole person, not just a disease. En route she achieved the Diploma of Child Health and Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She began working as a qualified GP in Farnborough in Hampshire. It was not long after this that she began to see the limitations of conventional medicine. Whilst an amazing intervention in many serious conditions, there are also many conditions in which conventional medicine is not helpful and may also cause side effects out of proportion with the intended benefit.
Her grandmother had used some homeopathy as a veterinary surgeon years before and so Dr Day had grown up with some awareness of homeopathy, however it was only now that she started to recognise its full potential. Homeopathy is a truly holistic system of medicine. Once its effects have been seen or experienced there is no going back!
Despite the negativity often seen in the media regarding homeopathy, there is a growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy of homeopathy and its value in clinical practice, as well as demonstrated efficacy in the plant and animal kingdoms and also in the laboratory. We still do not clearly understand how it works, but there is increasing research demonstrating potential mechanisms of action.
Dr Day sees the effects of homeopathy as being not only of benefit in helping the condition for which help is sought, but often there is a positive benefit to the person’s general mental and emotional wellbeing. This is something that is generally not seen with conventional medicine.
Good homeopathic prescribing depends on obtaining a thorough understanding of the presenting problem, but is even better when supported by an understanding of the patient’s underlying nature. Therefore a consultation can be quite lengthy and sometimes tiring. Sometimes an effective remedy is found at the first consultation, sometimes this can take several attempts.
Dr Day has had 3 children since starting her homeopathic training and gained membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2013 (the registering body for medical professionals practising homeopathy). She is the current Representative for General Practice on the Faculty Council and attends regular meetings with the Wessex Homeopathic Medical Group.