1. What are the remedies made of?
Many remedies are made of natural substances such as plants or minerals. Some come from animal sources, such as milk. The substance is prepared in a homeopathic pharmacy with a process of dilution and succussion, which enhances the healing properties of the remedy while at the same time rendering it safe and free from side-effects. The resulting “medicating potency” is used to medicate pleasant-tasting sucrose or lactose pills.
2. How does homeopathy work?
When a person falls sick, body along with the immune system tends to fight back and helps you to recover.However at times we need help to regain our health, for example, if our symptoms are distressing, if we develop an on-going condition, or we suffer from repeated bouts of illness. Thats where homeopathic remedies come into picture. Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the person’s own healing potential. Homeopathic remedies can provide the stimulus our system needs to put things back in order. The remedies do not suppress the symptoms, but when the imbalance in the system is resolved, the symptoms also resolve.
3. What kinds of health problems can homeopathy help?
Homeopathy is very effective in the treatment of acute illnesses, including viral conditions, such as colds, influenza and ear infections. It can be a real alternative to anti-biotics. It is more popularly taken for on-going or “chronic” conditions, such as asthma, eczema and arthritis. Also helps to combat stress and anxiety which happens to be the root cause for most illnesses.
4. How long will my treatment take?
This depends very much on factors such as your overall level of health, and how long you have had the condition. Bear in mind that your symptoms resolve by achieving a better level of health, so in many cases treatment is a process. That said, there are also many cases where results are quick and dramatic. Your homeopath will have a clearer idea of how long treatment is likely to take after your first consultation.
5. How often should I see my homeopath?
Again, this varies. To start with, follow-up visits are usually at between two and four weeks. Once you feel better, or if your general health is very good, you may want to visit your homeopath more occasionally, for example, you have been through a period of stress or a health problem arises. Once the patient is doing well I normally stop the medication and ask them to report via phone (which is not charged) on a regular basis about their health till I am convinced the ailment will not recur.
6. Can I use homeopathy if I am also using conventional medicine?
Yes you can take Homeopathic medicines along with conventional medicine.
7.What if I’m already taking medication from my GP?
The remedies can be safely taken in conjunction with conventional medicine. A homeopath would never advocate that a patient simply stop taking their prescribed medication, especially if you have taken the drugs over a significant period of time. It is important that you maintain the relationship you have with your GP.
8. How many sessions are needed?
We can discuss this after the first consultation. Typically, the longer term a condition, the longer the treatment that may be required. However, this depends on the nature of the condition, and on your own vitality and adaptability.
I would usually suggest at least one follow up appointment around 4 weeks after the first consultation to discuss progress with you.!!
9. Who can benefit?
Many people are understandably reluctant about taking conventional drugs. In many situations, homeopathy can provide a safe and effective alternative to drugs. This applies to acute, recurrent and chronic illness. In any given situation a decision must be made to decide what type of treatment is in the best interest of the patient