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Homeopathic treatment has an excellent safety record and because homeopathic medicines are non-toxic, they can be used by babies, children and during pregnancy.
Homeopathic medicines (which homeopaths call remedies) are made from plant, chemical, mineral or animal sources, and are prepared by specialist homeopathic pharmacies using a careful process of dilution and succussion (a specific form of vigorous shaking).
Your homeopath will prescribe your remedy following the consultation. It will be given in tablet, pillule, (a small pill), liquid or occasionally powdered form. Because homeopathic remedies work in a different way from conventional medicines, do make sure that you understand the instructions before you take your remedy – often, only one or two doses are prescribed, followed by a period of waiting to gauge the response.
In the UK, remedies come in a variety of potencies. Higher potencies are more diluted and succussed. Your homeopath will prescribe the one best suited to you.
The fact that homeopathic medicines are so highly diluted has led some scientists and lobby groups to say that homeopathic medicines can’t possibly work because they are ‘nothing but water’.
However, research suggests that the vigorous shaking during the manufacturing process of homeopathic remedies changes the properties of the water that the original substance is dissolved in. This results in preparations that can exhibit biological activity at very high dilutions – as has been demonstrated in laboratory experiments.
You can safely use your homeopathic remedy alongside conventional drugs. It will not interfere with the action of any medicines prescribed by a doctor.
Did you know....
- There are powerful outcome studies demonstrating that homeopathy improves patient health – in 2005, the largest clinical evaluation of homeopathic treatment, reported that 70 per cent of 6,500 patients experienced improvement in their health. Most had been referred because conventional medicine had failed
- In the UK, 12 per cent of people (equivalent to nearly eight million people) trust homeopathy
- Homeopathic remedies are non toxic and don’t cause side effects in the way conventional medicines often do