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What is homeopathy?

What is homeopathy?

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Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Medicine’ as he is sometimes known, was aware of the homeopathic approach to illness and role of nature as a healer as long ago as the 5th century BC.  Homeopathy in its modern form was established in the late 18th and early 19th century by Dr.  Samual Hahnemann.  He gave us 3 principles:

  • A substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat these symptoms when they occur in an ill person. 
  • Diluting the homeopathic medicine increases its curative powers and avoids unwanted side effects.
  • Homeopathy treats the whole person and not just the illness.

How are homeopathy medicines made?
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by taking a solution of the concentrated ingredient and diluting it many times.  Vigorous shaking of the preparation is vital at each stage of dilution.  Each stage of dilution is known as potency and homeopathic medicines at the 6th centesimal potency are suitable for treating minor ailments.

What can homeopathy treat?
A range of conditions, from cuts and bruises to stomach upsets and colds.  You can use homeopathy to treat minor ailments yourself.  If the symptoms persist, or are severe, seek the advice of your doctor.

Is it safe?
Yes.  Even though some of the medicines are potentially harmful in their non-homeopathic state, the extreme dilutions used for homeopathic treatment eliminate these dangers and unwanted side effects.

Will homeopathy suit me?
Homeopathy can be used by most people, but as there are many different homeopathic medicines available, and as each person responds to illness in a different way, it is wise to consult a qualified practioner to match your treatment to your symptoms and receive the correct instructions for its use.  Although treatment is suitable for home use for minor ailments or first aid, if you have a longstanding or more serious illness a qualified homeopathic doctor should be consulted.  Our mental and physical makeup differs widely and so it is reasonable to expect that our reaction to an illness will also be different and individual and need different treatment.

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How do I take a medicine?
Homeopathic tablets should be dissolved under the tongue or simply chewed, not swallowed whole.  For young children the tablets can be crushed to a powder before being given.  Food, drink, smoking and toothpaste should be avoided for 30 minutes before and after taking medicine.

What if I am taking conventional medicine already?
There should be no conflict between conventional and homeopathic medicines, and they can be used to compliment each other.  You should usually stick to your conventional medicine and ask your homeopath for further advice. 

Should I take my homeopathic medicine indefinitely?
Once your symptoms start to lessen you should increase the time between doses according to the direction on the pack.  Only restart treatment if your symptoms begin to re-appear.

Does taking a stronger dose have greater effect?
No, it is frequency of taking the dose that matters, not the number of tablets.  Always follow the instructions on the pack or given by your homeopath.

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