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Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Quotation
"
One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes;
one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."
Chinese Proverb


WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOMEOPATHY & NATUROPATHY?

HOW DOES HOMEOPATHY WORK?

IS HOMEOPATHY COMPLEMENTARY WITH CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE?

WHAT ARE THE REMEDIES MADE FROM?

HOW ARE THEY MADE?

ARE HOMEOPATHICS SAFE?

HOW QUICK ARE HOMEOPATHICS IN ACTING?

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONSULTATION?

ARE THERE FOLLOW UP CONSULTATIONS?

WHAT IS CONSTITUTIONAL PRESCRIBING?

WHAT IS A HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION?

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOMEOPATHY?

CAN HOMEOPATHY TREAT PSYCOSYMATIC PROBLEMS?

IS HOMEOPATHY EFFECTIVE AGAINST VIRUSES?

CAN HOMEOPATHY HELP IN SURGICAL CONDITIONS?

CAN INFANTS BENEFIT FROM HOMEOPATHY

WHAT IS POST VACCINATION SYNDROME (PVS) IN CHILDREN?

CAN ELDERLY FOLK BENEFIT FROM HOMEOPATHY?

WHAT FORMS DO HOMEOPATHICS COME IN? 

HOW SHOULD HOMEOPATHICS BE TAKEN?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF AN OVERDOSE?

HOW SHOULD I STORE HOMEOPATHICS?

WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine that was founded over 200 years ago in the early 19th century by a German allopathic doctor, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It became very popular at one time in Europe when about 15% of all medical doctors were homeopaths. However with the advent of antibiotics in the 1930s its popularity waned until the 80s after which time it has experienced a strong resurgence. For more details click Homeopathy - The Ebb and Homeopathy - The Flow

  • Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old.
  •  Homeopathy focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting benefits.
  • Homeopathic treatment works with your body's own healing powers to bring health and well being.
  • Patients are treated as individuals, not as a collection of disease labels.
  • Homeopathy treats all your symptoms - mental, emotional and physical.
  • Homeopathic remedies are gentle, subtle and powerful. 
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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOMEOPATHY
& NATUROPATHY?
Naturopathic is a broad umbrella term for many natural healing therapeutics, such as acupuncture, botanical medicine, hyrdrotherapy, herbal medicine and nutrition. It is essentially healing oriented.

Homeopathy looks at and treats the whole person and has a clearly defined goal of greater health. It is essentially health oriented. Health is defined by the WHO as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
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HOW DOES HOMEOPATHY WORK?
Homeopathy is based on 3 principle Laws the first of which is the Law of Similars. This states that an imbalance can be cured by a remedy that is capable of producing similar symptoms in a healthy person to those experienced by the ill patient. For example, if the symptoms of your cold are a runny nose and watery eyes similar to that which is experienced by a healthy (ie without a cold) person when an onion is peeled then the remedy for the cold will be homeopathically prepared onion.

The second Law is the Law of Potentisation a process in which the remedy is energised and diluted.  For example a 6C potency remedy will be diluted in the ratio of 1 part remedy to 1,000,000,000,000 parts water/alcohol. It is this potentisation process which causes the originally similar remedy to act now in opposition to the illness rather than in support. This is in accordance with the Arndt Swartz Law which states that highly diluted liquids reverse their polarity. Click the Law of Potentisation for more information. The diluted remedys new action (ie reversed polarity which makes it now dissimilar to that of the illness) is channeled naturally through the individuals natural immune system. This results in a re-energised (strengthened) immune system strong enough to rebalance itself and overcome the disease challenge. The cure is thus affected entirely naturally. For more information click Homeopathy - Its 3 Laws.
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IS HOMEOPATHY COMPLEMENTARY
WITH CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE?
Yes! The vast number of homeopathic patients are already under some sort of medical treatment. Homeopathy will still work for them, however, conventional medication may complicate the case. It may suppress the symptoms of the case making it more difficult to see a clear picture for prescribing. Homeopaths cannot recommend that patients discontinue their medications. Patients must seek their doctors advice in this regard.
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WHAT ARE THE REMEDIES MADE FROM?
Homeopathic remedies are produced only from natural sources and contain no chemicals, synthetic or derivative products. Most homeopathics are derived from plants whilst others originate from minerals or animal substances. There are currently about 2000 substances whose specific effects on the body have been recorded. Examples of plant remedies are Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), Bellis perennis (common Daisy), Gelsemium (Yellow Jasmine) etc. Animal derived remedies include Sepia (Cuttle fish ink), Lachesis (poison from the Bushmaster snake), Ambra Grisea (Whale secretion) whilst typical remedies of mineral origin would be Natrum mur (common Salt), Arsenicum album (Arsenic), Carbo vegetabilis (vegetable Charcoal), Mag-phos (phosphate of Magnesium) etc.
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HOW ARE THEY MADE?
The second principle Law of Homeopathy is the Law of Potentisation. This involves a process of serial dilutions, where the original substance is diluted in water/alcohol and is 'successed', meaning that it is energized by forcibly shaking. The resultant remedy solution is then diluted and succussed repeatedly sometimes hundreds of times, resulting in an extremely dilute and highly energetically potent remedy.
Unlike conventional medicines Homeopathics are not tested on animals. For more information click Homeopathy- Remedy Preparation.
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ARE HOMEOPATHICS SAFE?
It is evident from the manufacturing process that Homeopathics are extremely dilute. For example a 6C potency remedy will be diluted in the ratio of 1 part remedy to 1,000,000,000,000 parts water/alcohol. Homeopathics are thus unique, potentised energy medicines, extremely safe, even for pregnant and sensitive patients, with no possibility of addiction or toxicity.

It has been used by millions of people world wide for over 200 years during which time no Homeopathic remedy has ever been withdrawn because of side effects.
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HOW QUICK ARE HOMEOPATHICS IN ACTING?
The founding father Dr. Samuel Hahnemann defined the objective of Homeopathy as "The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles."

Note that the objective of Homeoapthy is to cure and not palliate (as is the case with conventional medicine). In many cases palliation may be quick whilst to cure using the natural rhythms of the individual can take longer. In general terms however I usually advise that acute illnesses can often respond from within a few minutes to after several days of first taking the remedy whilst for chronic cases allow a minimum of one month for every year of the complaint.
 
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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CONSULTATION?
The third principle Law of Homeopathy is the Law of Holism by which is meant every patient is a discrete and individual entity. Thus the illness must be examined from a standpoint of its whole manifestation on the patient (ie physical, mental and emotional symptoms). For more information click Homeopathy - Its 3 Laws.
The physician's tasks is therefore to illicit the totality of presenting symptoms and match them according to the Law of Similars against the remedy bank of homeopathics at his disposal. To this end the physician will probe beyond that required from a purely physical aspect. This by its nature will take some time and I usually advise new patients to allow between 1-11/2 hours for their first consultation. For more information click Your Consultation.
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ARE THERE FOLLOW UP CONSULTATIONS?
Yes these are usually arranged at 4-6 weekly intervals and generally last between 30 - 45 mins. They are essential to the treatment and enable the physician review progress or otherwise. It is usual for me at this time to go over the Totality of Symptoms list in order to determine any changes and developments which may have occurred in the intervening period. More especially the patient should note any new symptoms/ modalities. Homeopathy is a gradual rebalancing of the natural forces of wellness not a quick fix. Follow up Prescriptions are then based on this review.
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WHAT IS CONSTITUTIONAL PRESCRIBING?
Having laid such emphasis on the Totality of Symptoms it may seem strange to mention a method of prescription not based on symptoms; but such is the art of Constitutional prescribing. The term Constitution refers to the genetic attributes (traits) of the individual which is an element of the individuals make up and which cannot be changed unlike those of symptoms which can be changed. Homeopaths believe however constitutional traits can be influenced for good by accentuating beneficial gene traits and regressing non beneficial traits. Thus the constitutional prescription may lead to a different remedy choice to that of the symptomatic similimum. In an ideal world however the constitutional remedy and the similimum would be the same. For more information click Constitutional Prescribing.
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WHAT IS A HOMEOPATHIC AGGRAVATION?
This may occur when symptoms worsen following the introduction of a remedy. It is generally regarded as a favourable sign and is an indication that the correct remedy has been selected. Aggravations generally disappear naturally after a few days.
They must not be confused with allopathic side effects which are entirely different. Side effects are the appearance of new symptoms entirely different from that for which the medicine has been prescribed. Homeopathic aggravation is the worsening of the same symptoms for with the remedy has been prescribed. For more information click Homeopathic Aggravation
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy is worldwide and well proven over 200 years, complete, holistic medical system using both naturally sourced remedies and being wholly natural in action. The objective of Homeopathy is to cure (not to suppress) on an individualized basis free of side effects and addiction problems. No diagnosis is required, and remedies are affordable and pleasant to take. For a more comprehensive Benefit list click Your Benefits
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CAN HOMEOPATHY TREAT PSYCOSYMATIC PROBLEMS?
The disorders of a physiological nature which originate in the emotional state of an individual.are termed psychosomatic. The autonomic nervous system triggered by the emotions is the primary controlling factor in response to signals like anxiety, fear, temper, sadness, depression, excitement, restlessness, irritability, tiredness etc Vasoconstriction will give rise to an increase of blood pressure, acceleration of the heart rate, depression of gastrointestinal activity whilst vasodilatation can stimulate salivary and gastric juices, reduce blood pressure and slow the heart rate etc. Repeated intervention by the autonomic nervous system can cause organ disturbances. Homeopathy with its holistic approach addressing emotional, mental and physical aspects is in an ideal position to treat such conditions.
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IS HOMEOPATHY EFFECTIVE AGAINST VIRUSES?
Yes. Homeopathy is good option for problems caused by virus as it works by strengthening the natural immune system. Homeopathic remedies give good relief from symptoms of common cold, flu, measles, chickenpox, viral hepatitis (jaundice), viral meningitis etc.
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CAN HOMEOPATHY HELP IN SURGICAL CONDITIONS?
Homeopathy reduces the chances for a reoccurrence of the problem by removing the cause of the condition. (ie piles, fissures, fistula, chronic ear discharge, vocal cord nodules, polyp in nose-ear, kidney and gall bladder stones, small size uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, warts, corns etc)  Pathological changes are nothing but end products. Just removal is not the solution for many conditions. Homeopathics some time help to avoid surgery. It can also be used after surgery to stop reoccurrence.
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CAN INFANTS BENEFIT FROM HOMEOPATHY? 
Homeopathic remedies are safe and very effective for infants and children. As Homeopathic remedies strengthen their natural resistance it is very wise to start as early as possible and let them grow healthily from the beginning. Homeopathy is also effective in behavioral problems seen commonly in children like irritability, obstinacy, temper-tantrums, fears, phobias, thumb-sucking, nail biting, destructiveness, bed-wetting; as well as mentally and physically backward children. Most of the children's ailments like cold, cough, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, colic, tonsillitis, bronchitis, asthma, chicken pox, mumps  can be addressed very effectively with homeopathic remedies without any side effects. Homeopathy removes allergic tendencies in kids to most food items. For more information click Newborn & Infant Data.
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WHAT IS POST VACCINATION SYNDROME
(PVS) IN CHILDREN?

Post Vaccination Syndrome (PVS) is a medical diagnosis based on a great number of symptoms as a result of vaccinations.
Diagnosis is the first step to a successful resolution of PVS. This can be readily achieved, with almost 100% certainty, through the use of homeopathics.
Treatment can then be prescribed based on simple and effective homeopathic principles involving administering in homeopathic potencies the same vaccination as caused the illness. Case Studies have been recorded where even severe damage such as paralysis, epilepsy, general decline etc. have been partially or completely restored.
Prevention of PVS is also possible by administering Homeopathics in the C200 potency shortly before and after the actual vaccination.
For more information click Post Vaccination Syndrome (PVS) in Children
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CAN ELDERLY FOLK BENEFIT FROM HOMEOPATHY?
Antibiotics may seem to work well but they can weaken the immune system and thereby increase the chance of infection. The elderly have only a short expectation as it is.Homeopathic remedies are directed at the whole person. A remedy that works well to strengthen the immune system is likely to also help with other problems too. Also a constitutional homeopathic remedy can strengthen the individuals ability to withstand the microbes that are a natural part of our internal and external environment. For more click Elderly & Life's End Data.
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WHAT FORMS DO HOMEOPATHICS COME IN?
Homeopathics are available in Tinctures, Lotions, Liquids, Triturated Powders, Tablets, Pills and Creams. For a fuller description of each type and how they are made click Homeopathic Remedy Preparation.
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HOW SHOULD HOMEOPATHICS BE TAKEN?
The required number of pills/tabs (usually 2 pills or 1 tablet) should be poured into the cap of the container and tipped directly into the mouth without handling. Homeopathics are very subtle and delicate medicines and can be damaged by being touched by the fingertips. In fact they should not be handled at all if possible.
Once in the mouth do not swallow the remedy but allow it to dissolve slowly under the tongue (sublingually).
Finally they should be taken away from meals, alcohol, coffee and strong flavoured sweets or toothpaste. That may seems quite a restrictive list of conditions but in practice I find a recommendation of 15 mins before meals usually complies with the essentials.
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WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CASE OF AN OVERDOSE?
As the effect is influenced by frequency rather than quantity, homeopathic remedies are quite safe however much is taken at once; it still constitutes one dose. If the remedy is taken by someone other than the patient for whom it was intended, it will have no effect as it will not match their symptom picture.
However keep your remedies away from small children or you may find your collection is wiped out in one go! If small children do swallow a large quantity at once, the sugar content of the remedy may cause transient diarrhoea.
The homeopathic equivalent of an overdose is when a remedy is "proved" or begins to cause the symptoms that it is intended to cure. This can happen when a remedy is taken for very prolonged periods, so dont continue with a remedy once it has worked in order to prevent a relapse, its quite unnecessary and actually counter-productive. Formore information click Homeopathic Aggravation.
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HOW SHOULD I STORE HOMEOPATHICS?
Store them in their original containers, taking care to keep the lids well screwed on. Put them in a cupboard or box at normal room temperature and away from heat sources. Store them separately to strong smelling substances such as aromatherapy oils, mothballs, perfumes etc. Stored like this, homeopathic remedies remain potent for many years.

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Photo Hemlock
Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Conium maculatum
Common Name: poison Hemlock
Homeopahtic
: Con
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Photo Magnesium
Kingdom: Mineral
Latin Name: Magnesia
Common Name: Magnesite
Homeopahtic
: Mag-p
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Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Gelsemium sempervirens
Common Name: Yellow Jasmine
Homeopahtic
: Gels
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