Homeopathy has its origins in ancient history dating as far back as Hippocrates. This was further developed by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago and is used in 80 countries worldwide by over 300 million people.
It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease.
The highly diluted substances are most often mainly in tablet form in either lactose or sucrose tablets or pillules, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
In 2000, the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science & Technology cited homeopathy as one of the five Group One therapies, having “an individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture. (1)
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It can be safely used alongside conventional medicines and will not interfere with the action of medicines prescribed by your doctor. Because homeopathic medicines (often referred to as remedies) are non-toxic, there are no side effects (2) and they are safe even for pregnant women and babies.
Although much more research into homeopathy is needed the balance of evidence so far suggests that homeopathy can be clinically effective, cost effective and safe. The balance of evidence also suggests that homeopathically prepared remedies are not the same as plain water and do indeed have some biological activity. For further information on Evidence base click on the Society of Homeopaths' website here.
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"I have suffered from hay fever since a child and over the years tried lots of different medications. Some didn’t do any think at all and others made me drowsy. When I eventually found one that suited it was a case of taking it daily often more than once.
Taking medication over a long period of time did bother me so I sought an alternative in homeopathic medicine. I spoke of my symptoms in order of severity and was given Euphrasia to take hourly as needed. A miracle, symptoms now clear very quickly. Sometimes I can go
a week without taking any medication. It is a relief to find something that works and most of all knowing it is all natural."
1. House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology. ‘Complementary & Alternative Medicine.’ Session 1999-2000, 6th Report. The Stationery Office, 2000
2. Dantas F, Rampes H. Do homeopathic medicines provoke adverse effects? A systematic review. Br Hom J, 2000; 89: 35-8
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