Homeopathy

Is it Safe?
Homeopathic remedies are all made out of natural substances which are diluted many times and then potentised. The remedies are extremely safe and can be used in the same dose for young babies and the very elderly.

By choosing to consult a medically qualified homeopath you can be sure the doctor will look at your health on the basis of conventional diagnosis, cause and prognosis. Conventional investigations are undertaken if appropriate.

In a homeopathic consultation the doctor will take a very detailed history from you, which is why your first appointment needs to be for 30 minutes. Your situation with regard to your illness is individual: every symptom will be explored in depth and the whole put together with the help of computer analysis, in order to select the right remedy for you. There are over 3000 homeopathic remedies, so the selection of the remedy needs time and care.

Many patients find the opportunity to present their story, including all the symptoms which can seem irrelevant in a conventional setting, to be a therapeutic experience in itself.

When to Consider Homeopathy
Homeopathy can offer excellent relief of acute symptoms: many people will have used arnica for the relief of bruising, but remedies can also be used for stings, shocks, sprains, burns, tummy upsets and many forms of pain. Homeopathy can be used to help with very deep-seated problems, which may have their root in a psychological trauma which occurred in the past e.g. dizzy spells which date back to a sudden bereavement.
Homeopathy can be used in conditions for which there is no conventional treatment available e.g. molluscum contagiosum in children. Homeopathy can be use alongside conventional treatment to enhance the patients well-being and ability to cope with their illness e.g. remedies for heart problems or Parkinson's disease. Homeopathy can be used to remedy specific allergies which can be diagnosed with blood tests.

Unwanted Effects
If the remedy selected is not the perfect match for your symptoms, then it may be that not all symptoms resolve: in this case a second or third remedy may be required. Some homeopaths liken this to peeling an onion - as one layer of symptoms resolve others become more prominent.

Homeopathic remedies are not like conventional drugs; they enable the body to modify itself rather than chemically modifying one symptom. Thus it can take up to 6 weeks after a remedy is given for an improvement to be seen. Your first review is therefore not for 6 weeks.

If the remedy selection has been a very accurate match this can provoke a "remedy reaction". The symptoms themselves can seem worse for a few days before resolution occurs, or an "exteriorisation" can occur such as a discharge of catarrh or a rash. This is generally a good sign. By contrast, if the wrong remedy is prescribed no reaction will occur at all.

Background Information
Homeopathy is one of a number of forms of complementary medicine. It can be used alongside conventional medicines as well as in circumstances where conventional medicine has not helped a particular problem.

Homeopathy has been used for centuries and has been included within the National Health Service since it was started. There are 4 major homeopathic hospitals within the NHS: London, Bristol, Tunbridge Wells and Glasgow. At the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital the Queen retains her own homeopath.


"I have undertaken my 3 year training in homeopathy at The Royal London Hospital. I have found the study and practice of homeopathic medicine to be a complete revelation after 20 years of purely conventional medicine. The benefit to my patients has been considerable."
Dr Anne Squire


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