1. Does Homoeopathy
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
||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
||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.
||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,
||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
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
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
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
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