Frequently Asked Questions About Homeopathy
What is homeopathy and how does homeopathy work?
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by millions of people worldwide. It helps numerous acute and chronic health conditions. This system of medicine is safe, effective and treats each person as an individual. It acts on mental, emotional and physical levels.
Homeopathic remedies are chosen to treat the whole person, on the belief that the mind and body behave as one. Remedies are chosen to fit the characteristics of the individual and specific symptoms. The personal level of health is also taken into account. The specially selected remedies are used to stimulate the body's own healing ability.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of 'like cures like'. A substance that has caused a disease can also relieve it, if taken in very small quantities.
What happens at a homeopathic consultation?
A homeopath will ask about your specific symptoms and how they affect you. They will be interested in you as an individual.
There will be questions about:
diet and food preferences
This information will be matched to the symptoms to prescribe particular remedies and 'potencies' of those remedies.
As a guide the first appointment will usually take between 1 and 1.5 hours.
Follow-up appointments will usually take around 30 minutes.
Do remedies have side effects?
There should be no side effects from homeopathy. It is possible that there may be noticeable aggravation in very few people. This can sometimes happen when remedies start to work and symptoms worsen for a short period of time.
Can I take homeopathic remedies while taking prescribed drugs from my GP?
Yes, homeopathic remedies can be taken while using prescribed drugs. Remedies are often successfully used together with prescribed drugs in an integrated approach.
You should not stop taking medication until you have discussed it with your prescribing doctor.