FAQ

1. Does Homoeopathy really work?

Millions of people worldwide who have used homoeopathy say “Yes, it does!” With some simple guidance, you can help yourself and your family with daily health issues like cuts, bruises, fevers and minor infections. The best way to find out if homoeopathy works is to try it for yourself. As homoeopathy is very safe, we recommend you use it. For chronic or serious conditions, it is important that you contact a trained professional homeopath, as the process of prescribing at this level is complex.

2. What about vaccinations? Can they be replaced homeopathically?

Vaccinations are often likened by the medical profession to homeopathic remedies. However, they are vastly different. Vaccinations are crude substances containing toxins in large doses that once injected have immediate access to the immune system. The idea is to create antibodies. By contrast, a homeopathic remedy is an infinitesimal dynamic dose of the substance which once ingested acts on the vital force to correct any imbalances. This is the principle that homoeopathy is based on, “Like cures like.” Therefore, if a remedy is given when there is no correlating picture in the person, then the remedy will not act. Taking a homeopathic version of a vaccine will not produce antibodies, and will not affect the person at all unless there is a similar pattern in the recipient. For example, in a household where one child has measles, the other children could be given measles homeopathic nosode as a prophylactic, because it can be reasonably assumed that these other children have come into contact with the virus and therefore may have a corresponding imbalance in their vital force. This nosode will not act prophylactic ally unless contact with the virus has already occurred.

3. Will homoeopathy work in the treatment of tetanus, for example?

It is always your decision as to whether you vaccinate or not. We recommend you investigate thoroughly both sides of the argument. Homoeopathy cannot provide antibodies with a prophylactic. For any injury where Tetanus could be a concern, it can be treated with homoeopathy. For example, digging in the garden can produce an injury where tetanus could be considered a threat, but homoeopathy has many remedies to deal with this.

4. What’s the difference between Homoeopathy and Naturopathy?

Naturopathic is a broad umbrella term for many natural healing therapeutics, such as acupuncture, botanical medicine, hyrdrotherapy, herbal medicine and nutrition. homoeopathy looks at and treats the whole person and has a clearly defined goal of greater health. Health is an increase in freedom, creativity and being able to express yourself better.

Homoeopathy :

  • A Homeopath uses homeopathic medicine as the primary treatment for illness. homoeopathy is a complete medicine – it can treat a wide variety of conditions from nosebleeds, skin conditions, stiff neck muscles, digestive problems and chronic pain to depression.
  • Homeopathic medicine is different from herbal medicines or mineral supplements. Homeopathic medicines are made from very small quantities of plant, mineral or animal substances.
  • Homeopathic medicines are non-toxic and safe for babies and during pregnancy
  • Full treatment homoeopathy looks for one medicine to treat all of the patients’ problems. If you have headaches, constipation, chronic sinusitis, joint pain, depression and eczema, one homeopathic remedy will be prescribed to treat all of these problems.

Naturopathy :

  • A Naturopath has some knowledge about a lot of natural therapies. Many of the therapies that a naturopath has a general understanding of (e.g. Western Herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nutrition, Acupuncture and Homoeopathy) can also be studied exclusively as specialties for up to 4 years each. To become a specialist in each of the therapies listed above would require 15-20 years of training and an equal number of years in practical experience. Naturopaths generally focus on Western herbalism or botanical medicine.
  • Naturopathic medicine depends on the therapy the naturopath chooses – most often this includes herbal medicine, botanical medicine and supplements (vitamins, minerals, enzymes.)
  • Herbal medicines, vitamins, minerals and enzymes are not always safe for children or during pregnancy. Dosages and quantities need to be closely monitored by a professional.
  • Western herbalism is similar to Western medicine – you get one or more medicines for each problem you have. Western herbalism substitutes medicines listed above for pharmaceutical drugs. For instance, if you have liver problems you may be given Milk Thistle, if you have joint pain you might get Glucosamine Sulfate, if you have headaches you may get White Willow Bark.

5. Can Homoeopathy work in conjunction with conventional medicine.

Yes! The vast number of homeopathic patients are already under some sort of medical treatment. homoeopathy will still work for them, however, conventional medication may complicate the case. It may suppress the symptoms of the case making it more difficult to see a clear picture for p[prescribing. Homeopaths cannot recommend that patients discontinue their medications. Patients must seek their doctors advice in this regard.

6. What about using homoeopathy with other natural therapies?

Different homeopaths have different views on this, ask your homeopath what they think about it. There are many natural therapies to choose from, many which help people a great deal. It is up to you to investigate all therapies you choose to use carefully. The only strong recommendation we have is that while under homeopathic treatment, no other homeopathic remedies are taken without the advise of your homeopath.

7. What are Homoeopathic Remedies?

A homoeopathic remedy is normally a single substance usually derived from a plant, an animal, or a mineral which is then subjected to a special procedure which brings out the medicinal properties of the original substance. There are currently about 2000 substances whose specific effects on the body have been recorded. Examples are charcoal, salt, poison ivy, snake poisons, etc. Homoeopaths have discovered by experience that the effect of homoeopathic medicines is strengthened dramatically upon successive dilutions and vigorous shaking between each dilution. The final dilution is very high (ranging from 1 part in 1000 to 1 part in 10^60 and above). It is this use of high dilutions that has given rise to controversy. Many conventional doctors claim that homoeopathy functions only as a placebo. However, several controlled clinical studies have been performed by medical researchers, showing that homoeopathy is an effective method of treatment for many diseases.

8. How do I find the right remedy for me?

The key to finding the right homoeopathy remedy is individualisation. This means that the totality of all symptoms experienced by the patient (including those apparently unrelated to the main complaint) has to be known in order to prescribe the medicine. The mere name of a disease, like flu, cold, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc. is not enough. For this reason, please refrain from asking the tempting question: "I have disease X -- which homoeopathic remedy should I take?" In the course of a thorough interview (normally between 60 and 90 minutes, initially), the homeopath tries to form a complete picture of your current state. This includes your emotional, mental, and physical symptoms.

Many health food stores now offer prescription-free homoeopathic remedies. They are frequently labelled with a disease name like "Diarrhoea", "Head Ache", "Allergies", etc.. Since careful individualised matching of symptoms is necessary to find the correct remedy, these products rarely cure. Sometimes a temporary amelioration of symptoms can be achieved but in general you should not expect too much from these preparations.

9. What should I be aware of when taking homoeopathic Medication?

Homoeopathic preparations are extremely safe to take because of their highly diluted form. Nonetheless, frequent repetition of a dose without the advice of a professional is not recommended. Remedies should not be taken together with food because this might interfere with their absorption. Take them at least 30 minutes before or after eating or drinking and let them dissolve in the mouth. Your homoeopath will give you more specific instructions if necessary.

Sometimes an initial worsening of your symptoms can occur. This initial aggravation is usually a good sign and signifies that your body is responding to the remedy. Although the physical symptoms might get worse for a short period of time, you as a whole will start to feel better almost immediately. The aggravation will subside quickly, followed by the recovery.

10. How fast do Homoeopathic Remedies work?

This is a difficult question to answer in a general way. It depends on the nature of your illness (acute or chronic, long standing or recent, etc.), your constitution, and the specific remedy given. In acute cases often times relief can be felt a few minutes after taking the remedy and the first dose can cure the illness completely. Chronic cases take longer to respond and a full course of treatment may take many months