Who can use Homeopathy?

Everyone can safely use Homeopathy. Homœopathic remedies don't have toxic side effects so they can be used during pregnancy and can be given to  children. It can be used alongside conventional medicine. There are some homœopathic remedies being sold over the counter in pharmacies and other health stores to treat minor ailments and acute conditions. It is best to follow the recommendation of a qualified homeopath to make sure that you benefit the most from these remedies.

What is a Homeopathic remedy?

Homœopathic remedies are made from minute quantities of natural substances from all kingdoms of nature (plants, minerals and animals). They are prepared in very high dilutions to release their curative properties and avoid side effects. They are safe, effective,non-toxic and non-additive so they ca be used by all ages.It is important to remember, however, that a medicine is Homeopathic only if it is taken based upon the similar nature of the medicine to the illness. A medicine labelled as "Homeopathic" will work only if it is Homeopathic (can produce similar symptoms in healthy individuals during homeopathic provings) to the symptoms presented. If the remedy is not prescribed following this (law of similars), it is only a potentized remedy.

How does Homeopathy work?

Homœopathy recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of imbalance within the whole person. Gentle restoration of health and well-being is the aim of the treatment. It works from the inside out. Homeopathy works by stimulating the body's own natural ability to heal itself (vital force). The purpose of the homeopathic remedy is to create a reaction within this vital force.

Does Homeopathy work? 

The detractors of homeopathy say that homeopathic medicines are placebos. Homeopathy is used successfully in babies and animals and they can't be manipulated by the power of suggestion because they don't understand it. So homeopathic remedies are not placebos. 

What are the benefits of homeopathy?

Homeopathy differs from normal medicine by working with your body to deal with the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms, thereby encouraging the body to restore balance from within. By addressing underlying causes, homeopathy boost your immune system and improve your ability to cope with stress in the future. Homeopathic remedies are safe and natural, without unwanted long term side effects. In addition to experiencing improvements in the complaint for which you are seeking treatment, you may also find that you have more energy, you sleep better and you generally feel better in yourself.

Can I treat myself with homeopathic remedies?

Yes, you can.  It is possible to buy an emergency kit containing homeopathy remedies  It is not recommended to try and resolve serious and more complex conditions on your own.  Contact a professional homeopath.

What should I do in an emergency?

In emergencies if you have any doubt you should contact your GP or casualty department.

If you* want homeopathic acute advice and you are unable to reach me, you can contact the homeopathic helpline , it provides telephone cover from 9am till midnight every day. The phone number is: 090654343404. Calls are charged at £1.50 per minute and you will be recommended a homeopathic remedy to buy from a pharmacy or health shop store.

*Please note that I only give homeopathic acute advice to my patients after a proper consultation has been taken.

How long does the treatment take?

This depends very much on what sort of illness you have, as well as the other individual characteristics of your case. So it is not realistic to assess this until it can be seen how you respond to the remedies prescribed over some time. It is possible to say that a slowly developing complaint, or one that has been experienced for some years, will not disappear immediately although there may be a response and some improvement quite soon. Other acute complaints may get better more quickly.
I recommend that you should keep your relationship with your GP (for any test or X-rays you may need). If you are taking conventional medication you should not stop it without the advise of your GP. As a complementary therapy homœopathy works alongside conventional medicine and it does not interfere with it.

What can I expect to happen after the right remedy?

You may experience certain changes upon starting a remedy.   Sometimes symptoms can temporarily worsen for a short period of time.  This is a good sign.  This is a signal that the remedy is taking the desired effect and that the recovery would begin once the symptoms have passed. It is not uncommon to develop a runny nose, cold, rash or some kind of discharge.  This is the remedy's way of cleansing the body.  Contact you homeopath if you are concerned by any changes that you notice upon beginning the remedy.   Whatever you reaction maybe, I will need to know, so make notes, be detailed and list the changing symptoms.

How to care for and handle the remedies?

Store the remedy away from direct sunlight, electrical appliances and strong odors.  A cool neutral environment, such as in a cupboard, alongside glass or paper products is an ideal storage place.

How do I take the remedy?

Homœopathic remedies are taken internally. Remedies are available in liquid or granular form.  You must let them dissolve under the tongue. Shake liquid remedies very well, by hitting the bottle into the palm of your hand. Do not eat or drink or use toothpaste fifteen minutes before or after the remedy is taken. 

When to repeat or change the remedy in acute ailments? 

As long as improvement continues after the first dose do not repeat the remedy. Repeat if symptoms begin to return. If nothing happens after taking the remedy the prescription has to be changed. If new symptoms appear that are not covered by the remedy you should change the remedy.  Homeopathic remedies does not work as conventional drugs so you won't need to take them with the same frequency and the same amount of then .You must seek the help of a professional  homœopath if you have any doubts.