About Dr. Ayesha Loonat
Dr. Loonat is a registered homeopath who is passionate and committed to the health, safety, and well-being of her patients. Her deep and innate desire for helping others has been rooted within her at a very young age, and becoming a doctor was the ultimate opportunity and privilege to help and heal others. Dr. Loonat has completed a six-year degree program in homeopathy with distinction, at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Complementary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. The course included in-depth practical and theoretical studies in homeopathy; its philosophy & principles, prescription, and clinical indications. Training, therefore, is based upon the medical curriculum with homeopathy as the primary therapeutic focus.
Beyond this, Dr. Loonat is exceedingly passionate about learning as she is about teaching and strongly believes her most important role as a doctor is educating her patients about their health, how to preserve it; and their illness, how to overcome it. To ensure this, she is therefore committed to continuous professional and self-development.
“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” - Hippocrates
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complementary system of medicine founded by Dr. Christian Freidrich Samual Hahnemann and has accumulated over 200 years of collective clinical experience. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), homeopathy is the second largest medical system for primary health care in the world. Homeopaths utilize an individualized holistic approach as a tool to connect the environmental, psychological, and physiological systems. The concept of holism is based on the belief that every part of the body is connected; physical symptoms elicit a psychological response, and likewise, psychological symptoms can result in structural and functional changes in the body. To treat a complaint, it is therefore, necessary to treat the whole patient, not just the organ or part affected. Homeopathy is a safe , effective tool, and is relatively free from side effects. Homeopathic remedies are selected based on the individuals experiences (signs and symptoms) and predispositions, concerns, and expectations of the patient, thereby enabling shared decision making between the patient and doctor. The remedy works by stimulating the patients' own healing mechanisms, working with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health.
“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” -Sir William Osler
Homeopathy in South Africa
The practice of homeopathy in South Africa requires medical training as a prerequisite. The only training recognized by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) is a 5-6 year full-time master's degree in Homeopathy offered at the University of Johannesburg and Durban University of Technology. The M.Tech (Hom) degree consists of a medico-scientific course based on the medical curriculum with the core focus on classical, clinical, modern, and conventional homeopathy; homoeopharmaceutics and ending with a masters research dissertation. Students must complete medical subjects including diagnostics, pathology, medical microbiology, psychopathology, sociology, chemistry, physics, pharmacology, and immunology, etc. Graduates are registered as Homeopathic practitioners only after having completed their post-graduate internship. Registration is a legal requirement and under South African Law it is a criminal offense to practice homeopathy without registration. Homeopathic practitioners are trained diagnosticians and are recognized as primary contact practitioners.
According to the Allied professionals act, 1982
(Act no. 63 of 1982)
A homeopathic practitioner may-
(i) diagnose, and treat or prevent, physical and mental disease, illness or deficiencies in humans;
(ii) prescribe or dispense medicine; or
(iii) provide or prescribe treatment for such disease, illness or deficiencies in humans;
On the 15th November 2013, the Minister of Health published amendments to the General Regulations made in terms of the Medicines and Related Substance Act, 1965 (Act 101 of 1965) (hereafter referred to as “then General Regulations”), which established a category of medicines, Complementary Medicines (Category D) and effectively established a regulatory framework for this category. The registration and availability of these medicines will take into account the quality, safety, and efficacy of their production and sale in line with their relative risk which is prescribed according to the developed guidelines issued by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).
Treatment of Acute & Chronic Diseases
Any illness that develops quickly, is intense or severe and lasts a relatively short period of time
examples: Common cold & Flu, Asthma, Sinusitis, Urinary tract infections
Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that develop slowly and may worsen over an extended period of time—months to years, and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both
examples: Heart disease, Depression & Anxiety, Diabetes, Arthritis, Endometriosis, Acne
Any harmful deviation from the normal structural or functional state of an organism, generally associated with certain signs and symptoms and differing in nature from physical injury. A diseased organism commonly exhibits signs or symptoms indicative of its abnormal state.
examples: Any Acute or Chronic Condition