What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is based on the theory that 'like cures like', that a substance which causes certain symptoms should also relieve them.

Homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted solutions (usually one part per million or less) of assorted herbs, animal products and chemicals. The homeopathic remedy, therefore, contains little, if any, of the original substance but according to homeopathic practitioners, the solution continues to hold a 'trace memory' of the original substance that can mobilise the body's 'vital forces'.

Conventional medicine attributes any relief to coincidence or the placebo effect (the power of suggestion).

What can homeopathy treat?

Conventional medicine dismisses homeopathy as having no medical benefit, while advocates claim that certain homeopathic medicines have been proven to be more effective than placebo in the treatment of seasonal allergies, asthma, and influenza.

It has also been suggested that homeopathic medicines can ease the pain of childbirth and hasten the healing of a sprained ankle.

It is generally not claimed that homeopathy can cure life-threatening conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

What happens during a homeopathy session?

The homeopathic practitioner will take your medical history and details of your diet, lifestyle and emotional state. Based on these findings, the practitioner will build a 'symptom picture' against which to match homeopathic remedies.

Remedies (in the form of alcohol or water solutions or sugar pills) are usually prescribed one at a time, although they may be combined.

Homeopathic medicines are also available without a prescription.

How many treatments will be necessary?

Some homeopathic remedies are recommended for use every few hours and others on a daily basis to strengthen resistance to disease.

You can quickly tell whether or not the remedy is relieving a specific condition, however there is no specific way to evaluate the benefits of remedies taken to improve resistance.

If your symptoms persist or any new problems develop, consult your doctor.

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