Commonly Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
Properly stored homeopathic medicines have an indefinite shelf life. However, it is better to change medicine after five years.
In acute conditions, two pellets should be taken every two hours for up to six times a day. Thereafter, two pellets are 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).
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.
It is best to avoid this. Taking more than one medicine at a time makes it difficult to assess results.
The safety of homeopathic medicines is well known. However, the law prohibits any medicine manufacturer from claiming that medicine is safe during pregnancy. For guidance consult a qualified homeopathic doctor.
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.
There are homeopathic remedies that are herbal in origin; Arnica for example, but they are not used or prepared in the same way as herbal medicines.
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.
Homeopathy is as effective for animals as it is for humans. There is an increasing number of veterinary surgeons practicing Homeopathy around the world.