Frequently Asked Questions
What are the remedies made from?
Homeopathic remedies are made from a wide range of natural substances, including plants, minerals, and animals. A small amount of the substance is crushed, diluted in water, and shaken. This process releases the healing energy of the original substance.
Is there any evidence to support homeopathy?
Yes, there is.
Because of the way that drug research is funded, there is little opportunity for homeopathic trials to be carried out. In the UK, only 0.0085% of the medical research budget is spent on complimentary medicine therapies, of which homeopathy is only a part (Lewith GT. Funding for CAM. BMJ., 2007; 335(7627): 951. | PubMed)
So the evidence is limited, but there are a growing number of respected clinical trials that prove its efficacy. This is an excellent place to look for more information, and links to research papers: https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-faqs/
Isn’t it just a placebo effect?
No, it isn’t.
Studies have shown that the ultra high dilutions used in homeopathic remedies are different from plain water, and have biological effects. Scientists are exploring the exact mechanism of action of these dilutions, which is likely to be based in physics rather than chemistry. More information and links to studies can be found here: https://www.hri-research.org/resources/homeopathy-faqs/theres-nothing-in-it-its-just-sugar-pills/
Is it OK to use homeopathy alongside conventional medication?
Yes, it is. Many of my patients are on conventional medication. Homeopathic remedies can work alongside this, and can also be used to help alleviate any side effects. It is important to never stop taking any medication without the guidance of the prescribing practitioner.
How many consultations will I need?
This varies greatly from patient to patient. For chronic or longer-term illness I generally ask my patients to commit to a minimum of three sessions at 4 to 6 week intervals. After that we can review your progress and agree on our next steps.
Who uses homeopathy?
Homeopathy is used by people from all walks of life, across the world. It is particularly popular in Europe, India, and South America. It is frequently used by world leaders, the English royal family, actors, and sports people. This book is a fascinating read for anyone who is interested: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Homeopathic-Revolution-Famous-Cultural-Homeopathy/dp/1556436718