Commonly Asked Questions
IS HOMEOPATHY SAFE?
Homeopathic medicines are not harmful because they are so greatly diluted. They are safe, non-toxic, and non-additive. They are prepared in Medicines Control Agency licensed laboratories to stringent standards of quality.
IS HOMEOPATHY EFFECTIVE?
Since the success of homeopathic treatment of cholera and typhoid was demonstrated in the nineteenth century, homeopathy has proven effective for millions of people world-wide. It has often succeeded where other forms of treatment have failed.
HOW LONG SHOULD A HOMEOPATHIC CONSULTATION LAST?
The first consultation, which is the longest, should on average last anything from 2 to 3 hours. This is because the homeopathic doctor needs to form a detailed picture of the patient; reaction to food and drink, hot and cold weather, etc; and a full medical history are all recorded and taken into account. Then, when the homeopathic doctor comes to prescribe a homeopathic medicine he or she will choose one which matches the patient and the ailment. Subsequent consultations are usually much shorter.
WITH WHICH DISEASES CAN HOMEOPATHY DEAL?
Homeopathic medicine is a complete and scientific form of medicine. It appears to work by triggering a healing response in the body which leads to a correction of the disease. Therefore, as the patient regains health, the symptoms disappear. This can happen whatever the disease, although ideally the procedure needs the expert guidance of a qualified homeopathic doctor. If the disease in incurable, the same medicine which fits the patient may ease considerable the symptoms, even if it does not lead to a cure.
WHERE SHOULD ONE STORE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES?
Homeopathic medicines should be stored in a cool place, away from strong sunlight. They should also be kept away from strong smelling substances, such as peppermint, perfume and especially camphor. Do not transfer medicines to a container that has held another homeopathic medicine.
HOW LONG CAN THE MEDICINES BE STORED?
Properly stored homeopathic medicines have an indefinite shelf life. However, it is better to change a medicine after five years.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD ONE TAKE THE REMEDY?
In acute conditions, two pellets should be taken every two hours for up to six times a day. Thereafter, two pellets taken three times a day until better. In chronic conditions, two pellets are taken once and repeated when needed (could be a few days to a few years).
CAN ONE TAKE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE WITH ORDINARY DRUGS?
It is safe to do so, although any side-effects caused by the ordinary drug may complicate the symptoms picture and make the correct choice of homeopathic medicine more difficult. ALWAYS follow your doctor's advice.
CAN MORE THAN ONE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE BE TAKEN AT A TIME?
It is best to avoid this. Taking more than one medicine at a time makes it difficult to assess results.
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES DURING PREGNANCY?
The safety of homeopathic medicines is well known. However, the law prohibits any medicine manufacturer from claiming that a medicine is safe during pregnancy. For guidance consult a qualified homeopathic doctor.
SOME MEDICINES CARRY A WARNING TO CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING THE MEDICINES. ARE THESE MEDICINES UNSAFE?
No, the medicines are safe; the warning is a legal requirement for all medicines. Homeopathy has no exception from the regulations designed to control the use of allopathic medicines.
ARE HOMEOPATHY AND HERBAL MEDICINE RELATED?
There are homeopathic remedies which are herbal in origin; Arnica for example, but they are not used or prepared in the same way as herbal medicines.
ARE ANIMALS USED IN HOMEOPATHIC RESEARCH?
No. Homeopathic remedies are developed using a process known as 'proving'. Here the symptoms the remedies produce in healthy people are noted so that, according to the basic principle of homeopathy, the same substance may be used to treat the same symptoms in a sick person. Animal tests are therefore not necessary, or even relevant.
CAN ANIMALS BE TREATED BY HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy is as effective for animals as it is for humans. There is an increasing number of veterinary surgeons practicing Homeopathy around the world.