Frequently Asked Questions

You are likely to have some questions about homoeopathic treatment. Listed below are some of the more common questions asked of homoeopaths.

What is Homoeopathy (latin spelling for Homeopathy)?

Homoeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for all ages, it focuses on you as an individual. The therapy is based on the theory of “like with like”. Homoeopathic remedies are highly diluted natural substances that if given in stronger does in a healthy person, would produce the symptoms the medicine is prescribed for. In the assessment of you, the patient, homoeopaths will take into account the range of physical, emotional and lifestyle factors in order to prescribe the right medicine

 

Homoeopathy is a complementary Medicine
Homoeopathy has been individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture widely used throughout the world for more than 200 years. In 2000, the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science & Technology cited homoeopathy as one of the five Group One therapies, having “an individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture.

How long has Homoeopathy been used?
Homoeopathy has been used in the UK for over two hundred years, but has an honourable tradition dating back to ancient Greece. It was Samuel Hahnemann, a brilliant doctor working in 1796 who developed the scientific and philosophical foundations of this gentler way of healing. These scientific principles form the basis of successful homoeopath practice today.
                                                                                            

Does Homoeopathy Work?

How can homoeopathy work if there are no molecules of the original substance left in the medicine?

In truth, nobody knows exactly how homoeopathy works, just that it does. Unlike other medicines homoeopathy does not work on the material level and there is mounting evidence to suggest that it is a medicine that works with energy in the body. Experiments in the area of quantum physics i.e. at the sub-molecular level, tend to support the theory that homoeopathy is like a message to the body to start healing itself.

 

How do we know homoeopathy works? Isn't it just a placebo?

There have been some important trials done in Glasgow which demonstrate that homoeopathy isn't simply a placebo. All medicines can behave as a placebo (for some reason coloured ones in particular!) but the experience of homoeopaths over the past 200 years is that success rates are too high for the medicine to simply be a placebo. In some cases a lasting and permanent cure is brought about whereas a placebo would only bring about a short-lived, temporary reprieve from symptoms. And the biggest argument against the placebo effect is that babies and animals have been successfully treated many times with homoeopathy, and they have no consciousness of what they are being given.
 

Is there real evidence that homoeopathy works?

We as a profession don't deny that more trials are needed into homoeopathy. A big research effort is currently taking place at Sheffield University to establish the sort of research model needed to properly investigate it. However there is plenty of clinical and experiential evidence to suggest that homoeopathy is effective in treating all manner of symptoms, including mental health problems, hormonal issues, behavioural problems in children and in allergies. 

I have shown research evidence throughout my website for your information and also have links the Society of Homeopaths research page and Homeopathy Research Institute in my links page.

Homoeopathic Remedies

Are homoeopathic remedies safe?
Homoeopathic remedies are a unique, potentised energy medicine, drawn from the plant, mineral and animal worlds. They are diluted to such a degree that not one molecule of the original substance can be detected (after the 12c potency).

How are the remedies made?
There are five regulated homoeopathic pharmacies in the UK. The raw extracts (from plants or animals) or triturations (from minerals and salts) are made into a ‘tincture’ with alcohol which forms the basis of the dilution procedure. Dilutions are made up to either 1 part tincture to 10 parts water (1x) or 1 part tincture to 100 parts water (1c). Repeated dilution results in the familiar 6x, 6c or 30c potencies that can be bought over the counter: the 30c represents an infinitessimal part of the original substance.
 

Isn't it dangerous to use poisonous substances such as some plants and venoms?

Don't confuse homoeopathy with herbalism or Chinese medicines. These work on the material level and the evidence would suggest that homoeopathy works on an energetic level. Herbalists use the actual substance to treat people. Homoeopathic remedies are the substance diluted so many times that there is none of the original poison or venom left in there, so they can cause no harm.

 

How do you know what symptoms a medicine can help with?

Remedies are tested on healthy adults who volunteer to take part in what we call a 'proving'. All their symptoms are reported and graded. This along with clinical experience goes towards forming a picture of a remedy that we can match to a patient suffering from similar symptoms. These provings are usually published and are taking place all the time in colleges and education establishments. This means that new remedies are being 'discovered' all the time. We now have over 3000 remedies, so finding the best one for a patient is not always easy! It may take a number  of different remedies before the improvement you want is achieved. Patience is essential there is no golden bullet.

What form do the remedies take? How will I know what to do with the remedy when I receive it?

The remedies come in many forms - pills, tablets, powder or a liquid. What you receive will depend upon your individual symptoms and circumstances.  You will be provided with full instructions on how to take your prescription.

Homoeopathic Treatment
 

Can you treat serious diseases, such as cancer?

There has been little research in this area to date, albeit many homoeopaths have had much success. Any one with a serious illness such as cancer should seek help from a medical professional first and foremost. Homoeopathy is a complementary medicine - it works with any conventional treatment you may be receiving and can be extremely useful in relieving the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and as pain relief and organ support. Homoeopathy makes a valuable contribution to the care of cancer patients.

 

Is it true that homoeopaths don't agree with vaccination?

Vaccination forms part of a different health model to the one of homoeopathy. It's simplistic to say homoeopaths don't agree with vaccinations.The considered view is that most homoeopaths acknowledge there is anecdotal and scientific evidence to support arguments presented for and against vaccination. I firmly believe that parents should be supported in making an informed and rational assessment on the long and short term implications of vaccination, so that they feel able to make their own decisions on this difficult issue. I would then support them through their processes.

Can you treat pregnant women and newborn babies?

Definitely. Albeit that it is important that you maintain your regular contact with your Obstetrician, Midwife and GP.

Will I be expected to stop my medication to be treated homoeopathically?

Not at all. Homoeopathy acts as complementary to any conventional medicine you are taking. The ideal of course is that homoeopathy will contribute towards the process so that you no longer have to take any prescribed medication, and that is something that will be done in conjunction with your GP. Your homoeopath will be able to recommend substitutes to help if you are on steroid or cortisone creams for conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

 

I'm on HRT/the Pill - does this affect my treatment or its effectiveness?

No. Again, the ideal is that you would ultimately not need to continue HRT treatment, and that would need to be discussed with your GP, and otherwise homoeopathy will work alongside both of these, and certainly will not affect the contraceptive effectiveness of the Pill.

 

 

Homoeopathy and the NHS
 

Can I be referred on the NHS for homoeopathic treatment?

This depends on where you live and what your GP's opinions are about referring to a homoeopath. If you live in Newcastle, Bradford on Avon, Tewkesbury, the Highlands and Liverpool you can be referred to a local homoeopath. Some people may be able to get referrals to the homoeopathic hospitals in London, Bristol, Tunbridge Wells, Liverpool and Glasgow. You can always ask your GP - a lot more are referring to non-medical homoeopaths now. This remains a very controversial subject as we have seen from the increased media coverage.

Will my GP mind if I seek homoeopathic help for something they are treating me for?

As a patient you have a right to find the help that you want and need without fearing what others might think or do as a result. GPs these days tend to be more open-minded about complementary therapies and a lot accept that there are things that can be helped better using these therapies. With your permission your GP can be contacted to inform them that you have sought homoeopathic treatment, and the ideal scenario would be that with their support and good homoeopathic treatment you become better and they will support you in this as much as your homoeopath. Remember their job is to help towards a cure for your condition, so it may be in their best interests as well as yours.

Will my private medical insurance cover homoeopathic treatment?

Some PMI companies such as HAS and Healthsure will allow referrals to registered homoeopaths but BUPA. PPP and Primecare will not cover you (the situation regarding coverage is an evolving one so it is always best to seek advice from your insurance company). The Society of Homoeopaths constantly updates its information on health care providers @ 

http://www.homeopathy-soh.org/about-homeopathy/funding-your-treatment.aspx

The Homoeopathic Journey

How long will I see a Homoeopath for? How much will it cost?

Length of time depends on what help you are seeking. For some chronic long term conditions the treatment will be longer, maybe months. But for other people it may be that you only need to visit a homoeopath a couple of times. This will be discussed with you at your initial consultation and we can agree the best approach for you.

The important thing to remember is that you are responsible and in control of your own healing.

 

How do I know I'm making an appointment with a qualified homoeopath?

Look for the letters after their name. There are a number of professional bodies so RSHom is a registered member of the Society of Homeopaths. MARH is a member of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths and MHMA is a member of the Homeopathic Medical Association. All have websites so do a bit of research if you're not sure. The Society of Homoeopaths is the longest established and possibly the most respected but that does not mean the others don't do very good work. Each body has a strict Code of Ethics that homoeopaths sign up to you should generally be well protected.

What if I don't feel comfortable with my homoeopath?

It is extremely important that you feel comfortable and trust your homoeopath, if you feel unable to continue to work with me, do not worry, I will understand (I personally have experienced a number of homoeopaths before settling with the one I see now) and I will be happy to give you a number of alternative recommendations in your vicinity

 

What if I need to contact my homoeopath urgently?

At your first appointment I will outline my availability and how you can make contact with me.