Frequently asked questions



Is homeopathy just placebo?


There is currently a huge debate going on in the UK about whether homeopathy works merely as a placebo. This is because homeopathy uses substances that are diluted beyond Avogadro's number. Homeopathy's implausibility, however, hasn't prevented it from rapidly spreading in popularity to over 80 different countries worldwide since it's conception in the 1800s. It is now considered to be one of the most popular CAM therapies in the world. Animals respond beautifully to homeopathy and cannot be fooled by the placebo effect. There are a number of dairy farms in the UK that use homeopathy as their main form of medicine, only using antibiotics as a last resort. For a youtube video of one such farmer talking about his farm, click here. There is a growing body of homeopathic veterinary research that can be found at www.britishhomeopathic.org. You can also read more veterinary research on the Society of Homeopaths website by clicking here.


Is there any high quality research?

Yes! Visit the Homeopathy Research Institute for hot-off-the-press news, research and studies.


How can such high dilutions work?

The mechanism of action of homeopathy is still not understood by science, and the short answer to this question is - we still don't know! Breakthrough research by the French Nobel Laureate and virologist, Luc Montagnier, found that high dilutions of DNA emitted electromagnetic signals. Although this by no means fully explains homeopathy, it is a good start. When talking about his findings in 2010, Montagnier stated:  ''High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures that mimic the original molecules... These are real phenomena which deserve further study.'' For the latest research on high dilutions on the Society of Homeopaths website please click here.

The fact that science cannot yet fully explain homepathy shouldn't put people off using it. There are many medicines being used today that scientists dont fully understand. Aspirin, for example was used for many years before we understood how it worked.


Will homeopathy interfere with my medication?

Homeopathy will not interfere with the beneficial effects of your medication and may be useful in helping their side effects. If you do plan to try to reduce your medication, you must to do so with the supervision of your GP.


How should I take my pill?

Suck or crunch the pill, don't swallow back with water and leave 10 - 15 minutes before and after food or drink. Store your remedies in a cool, dark place away from strong odours and bright sunlight. Try also to keep them away from electromagnetic interferences such as your mobile phone.


I've heard that some substances can antidote homeopathy. Is this true?

This is true for some people. It is best to avoid coffee and peppermint around the time you take your remedy. Some very sensitive people may have to do this for the duration of their treatment.



Is homeopathy expensive?

Homeopathy is one of the cheapest forms of health care around. The action of a well chosen remedy can sometimes continue for months. In the UK, we are not used to paying for our health care at all, so paying for a homeopath or any holistic therapist may seem like a luxury. A consultation with a homeopath often costs less than having a good hair cut or taking your pet to the vet. Over time you will need to visit a homeopath less and less as your health improves. Investing in a homeopathy kit can also save you money and time when treating minor acute complaints from home. I would highly recommend using a homeopathy kit if you have children who are prone to acute complaints. It is by far the most child friendly medicine around!


Is homeopathy covered by my health insurance?

There are a growing number of private medical insurance companies that will cover homeopathic treatment. For a list of such companies, please click here You may also be able to get a referral from your GP to one of the four NHS homeopathic hospitals in the UK.


Where can I find a homeopath in my area?

Visit www.findahomeopath.org.uk


Can I treat myself?

You can if your complaint is acute i.e. something that you haven't had for a long period of time such as a cold, flu, ear infection, sting, fever or minor injury. If your complaint is chronic i.e. you have had it for several months or longer, then you really need to see a professional. It is very useful to have a homeopathy kit at home for acute complaints and a good self help book such as The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro.


Where can I buy remedies for acute complaints?

There are three homeopathic pharmacies in the UK that mainly operate using mail order. Please click here for more details. Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy sell 18 or 36 remedy kits with small materia medicas (manuals). These can be bought at  http://www.helios.co.uk/ .


Can I self prescribe during my homeopathic treatment?

It is advisable not to do this unless the problem is a minor first aid condition since you may interfere with the action of your constitutional remedy. Always consult your prescribing homeopath before giving yourself other remedies.


What about dosage?

The golden rule with homeopathy is to only repeat the remedy if the improvement slows down or stops. However, if after three doses of a 30c you see no change, then its either the wrong remedy or the wrong potency. Don't keep taking a remedy if it's doing nothing because you may begin to 'proove' it (i.e develop the symptoms it is intended to treat). Another important point to remember is not to change the remedy too soon. Trying different remedies one after the other will only confuse the picture. It is recommended that you use potencies of 30c or lower unless you have completed a course in homeopathy by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner. The Welsh School of Homeopathy run a one year introductory course in acute prescribing beginning each September. They also offer introductory days throughout the year. Please see their website for more details.