Is Homeopathy Safe ?
Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, Homeopathic remedies are a unique, potentized energy medicine, drawn from the plant, mineral and animal worlds. They are diluted to such a degree that very little if any of the original substance can be detected. They work by gently boosting the natural energy of the body, and are very safe, even for pregnant women and sensitive patients. There is no danger of addiction or toxicity.
The prestigious scientific and clinical Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 reported a study in which the number of deaths in hospitals attributable to the proper use of prescribed medicines was analyzed. (excludes clinical errors, malpractice, suicide etc). They estimated by extrapolation from their work, that across the US as many as 106,000 deaths may be attributable to prescription medicines.(2) In addition there are many other deaths outside of the hospital setting.
2) Journal of the American Medical Association 1998 April 15th Lazarou et al - Incidence of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized patients
Can Homeopathy be used in pregnancy ?
Homeopathic medicines are safe for your growing baby because only a minute amount of the active ingredient is used in their preparation. The remedies work by stimulating the body’s own healing powers. Good homeopathic treatment prior to conception can prepare you for a healthy pregnancy.
Will my insurance cover homeopathic treatment ?
Currently it is unlikely that your medical insurance will cover the cost of homeopathic treatment.
Is Homeopathy like herbal medicine ?
Homeopathy is very different to herbalism. Although the two therapies can both use natural plant-based medicines, the way the medicines are prepared, and the way they are taken is very different.
Herbalism uses only medicinal plants to make its remedies. Herbal remedies may be given as mixtures of several ingredients that act together, and are usually taken once or more a day. They work on the principle of contraries. In other words if you have a fever, herbs will be given which will act counter to the fever and cool you down. Some herbal formulae are potentially toxic if taken in large doses.
Homeopathis remedies are made from a variety of substances, including medicinal herbs. non-herbal plants, minerals, metals, and some animal products, such as milk and snake venom. The remedies are 'potentized'; a process unique to homeopathy, where the original substance is diluted and succused (shaken) repeatedly. This process minimizes side effects, and ensures that the remedies are non-toxic.
The homeopathic remedies used by classicalhomeopaths are made from one substance, rather than combinations of ingredients so that each effect can be carefully monitored. The remedy is given time to stimulate the body to heal itself and the effects are monitored. The remedy is given according to the Law ofSimilars. This means that if you had a fever, a remedy would be chosen which has been shown in tests on healthy subjects to cause a fever like yours. This remedy stimulates the body's own healing powers to bring about recovery from the fever.
It is always a good idea to be in regular contact with your homeopath so that progression of symptoms can be monitored. It is noted that cure often follows a progression of symptoms known as "Herrings Law of cure" which asserts that cure moves from above downward from within outward and from more important to less important organs (in the bodies own hierarchical structure). They are also cured in the reverse order of their appearance. It is for this reason that the follow up of the action of a remedy is recorded.
Isn't homeopathy just placebo and suggestion ?
Each homeopathic remedy has consistent, unique, replicable effects on double blind test subjects. This is unlikely to be the effect of suggestion. In addition homeopathic remedies have been shown to be highly effective in babies and animals, two groups not generally subject to placebo effects. Research reviews (British Medical Journal 1991 and The Lancet 1997) concluded that homeopathic treatment was shown to be "effective and unlikely to be purely a placebo effect".
Do I have to give up coffee and mints ?
Not necessarily. Coffee, mints and other strong smelling substances are often said to antidote homeopathic remedies. This is not the case unless you are sensitive to them. Any substance to which you are sensitive, and which causes a strong reaction, may interfere with the action of a homeopathic remedy. For this reason recreational and other drugs are highly likely to antidote homeopathic treatment, and should be avoided.
What kinds of conditions can homeopathy help ?
First of all, it's important to remember that a homeopath doesn't diagnose or treat specific diseases, a homeopath treats the person and their individual set of symptoms. Remedies and treatment plans are designed to strengthen your overall state of health, and to help your body to heal itself.
How long has Homeopathy been used ?
Homeopathy has been used in the UK and USA for over two hundred years, but has an honorable tradition dating back to ancient Greece. It was Samuel Hahnemann, a brilliant doctor working in Germany in 1796, who developed the scientific and philosophical foundations of this gentle way of healing. These scientific principles still form the basis of successful homeopathic practice today.
How are the remedies discovered ?
The clinical indications of our medicines are discovered in all of three ways:
- The toxicity symptoms or poisoning symptoms (eg. vomiting and diarrhea caused by arsenic)
- The ‘signature’ of the medicine, an ancient medical idea based on the ‘affinities’ of certain substances (eg. Deadly Nightshade, Atropa belladonna has large shiny black berries that resemble the dilated pupils of the eyes in high fever)
- The ‘proving’, in which the highly diluted substances are tested blind on a group of healthy volunteers who then record the symptoms they experience.
How are the remedies made ?
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, 3c or 6c potencies that can be bought in homeopathic pharmacies. A remedy of strength 3c contains less than 1 part per million of the original substance.
If they are so dilute, how can they work ?
After each dilution the mixture is vigorously agitated. This is called "succussion". It is thought that this process imprints the healing energy of the medicinal substance throughout the body of water, as if a message is passed on. The message contains the healing energy. Even in ultra-molecular dilutions, information specific to the original dissolved substance remains and can be detected.
What can homeopathy treat ?
Homeopathy has been used in a wide variety of applications, from acute fevers, sore throats and toothache, to chronic illnesses such as arthritis, eczema, asthma, anxiety, mild depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. There is some very good research evidence to support its use.
What happens when you see a homeopath ?
Your homeopath understands that establishing good health involves treating both mind and body, so time is taken to listen to your emotional and physical symptoms. To stimulate your body's own healing process, a remedy closest to your individual symptom picture is prescribed. Healing beings from within your body, strengthening your health and immune system, without any danger of damaging side effects.