How does homeopathy work?
Homeopathy is a natural healing process in which the remedies assist the patient to regain health by stimulating the body’s natural healing forces and defences.
The choice of remedy depends more on the patient’s individual reaction to illness, mentally and emotionally, than on the signs and symptoms characteristic of the disease. Homeopathy is concerned with the whole person rather than treating the patient simply as a bearer of disease.
Is homeopathy a new therapy?
Homeopathy is an ancient form of medicine dating back to the fifth century. In fact, it was well known to the Greeks and was then re-introduced in the nineteenth century by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann.
Is it safe and effective?
By virtue of their infinite dilution, homeopathic remedies are completely safe, non-toxic and non-addictive even for babies and children, mothers and pregnant women. No side effects have been reported. Its international adaptations and effectivity in the treatment of millions of people worldwide have clinically demonstrated the success of homeopathy. Indeed it has often been successful where all other forms of treatment have failed.
My symptoms became worse when I first took the medicine. Is this usual or have I taken the wrong medicine?
It is normally an indication that the medicine is working when symptoms are aggravated briefly. Simply stop taking the medicine while the aggravation lasts, then restart the treatment when it passes. Homeopathic medicines do not suppress disease, but seek rather to eliminate it naturally.
I’ve heard that some foods cannot be eaten when taking homeopathic medicine. What is the best way to take the remedies?
Homeopathic remedies are best taken in the early morning on an empty stomach or between meals, leaving at least half an hour before or after taking food.
It is true that some foods may counteract the positive effects of homeopathic remedies. This is particularly true of strongly flavored foods and drinks, including coffee, alcohol, tobacco, spicy foods and mint.
Can I take homeopathic medicines while using ordinary drugs?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to do so, though side effects from the conventional drug may complicate the symptom picture and make the choice of homeopathic medicine difficult. However, when in doubt, always follow your doctor’s advice.
Dr. Raaj Swetta is Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine and a Fellow of the British Institute of Homoeopathy. He is currently completing his PhD at the American State University.