Homeopathy is a form of complementary and natural health care used by over 200 million people globally for both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ – in other words, a small amount of a substance will treat the same symptoms it would causes if it was taken in large amounts.
Homeopathic medicines are manufactured using a process combining serial dilution and other laboratory process’s under strict controls. Homeopathic medicines are safe to be used with babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, we request that under these conditions clients are under the supervision of a medically-qualified practitioner, usually their GP.
Studies conducted by the BHA in collaboration with members of the Faculty of Homeopathy and the NHS homeopathic hospitals have identified the conditions most frequently seen by homeopathic doctors and dentists.
Medical conditions commonly seen by homeopaths. (List taken from the British Homeopathic Association)
Eczema, depression, anxiety, cough, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome, catarrh, osteoarthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, hay fever, upper respiratory tract infection, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, allergy, fibromyalgia, migraine, Crohn’s disease, premenstrual syndrome, chronic rhinitis, headache, vitiligo
Homeopaths work extensively alongside and within the NHS. There are three NHS homeopathic hospitals which have been a part of the NHS since 1948. They treat tens of thousands of patients each year who are referred by other NHS professionals. there are approximately 400 GPs practising homeopathy regulated by the General Medical Council and who are members of the Faculty of Homeopathy. They treat around 200,000 NHS patients per year using homeopathy as the main or supplementary modality. “GPs are able to refer NHS patients to qualified and regulated homeopaths and most private health insurance companies and cash-plans consider homeopathic treatment a good investment.” Say the British Homeopathic Association
What the expect
Homeopaths work in the same way as other therapist and Drs, and begin with taking a medical history, usually followed by examination. As well as asking about your symptoms, a homeopath will be interested in your personality, lifestyle and the impact which your symptoms have on you.
Questions about your eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality, sleep patterns and past history will help the homeopath to understand your illness and to prescribe a particular type and strength of homeopathic
At the end of the consultation your homeopathic doctor will give you a prescription and advise you how often to take the medicine. Homeopathy is usually taken in tablet or pillule form, but is also available in liquid and powder form. Homeopathic gels or cream may also be prescribed for some conditions. The cost of these medicines will sometimes be included in the cost of the session and at other times be separate depending on the treatment plan agreed.