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What Is Homeopathy?

  • Homeopathy is a therapy based on the theory of treating like with like.

  • If a patient comes with a headache of a particular type, we would use a small dose of an agent known to cause a similar type of headache. So the two cancel out.

Is there any evidence that homeopathy actually works?

Homeopathic Medicines

  • Homoeopaths treat a patients symptoms by giving a highly diluted form of a substance. They are derived from plants, animals and minerals.

  • The substances are prepared using strict guidelines under the control of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

  • In Australia most of the homeopathic medicines are still dispensed by the Lab at Martin and Pleasance in Port Melbourne

       which has operated in Melbourne since 1855.

How does homeopathy work?

  • Homoeopathy aims to keep healthy people well by ensuring their immune system is as strong as possible.

  • Homeopathic treatment is believed to work by  stimulating the body's ability to fight infection.

What conditions can be treated?

  • Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual.

  • For example, coughs in different patients would require a different medicine.

  • Digestive complaints would require an individual medicine.

Conditions Treated

  • Acute conditions such as earache, colds hay fever, travel sickness, colic, teething and food poisoning.

  • Chronic conditions such as asthma, eczema, depression, anxiety, digestive complaints, menopausal and PMS symptoms

  • First Aid conditions such as injury, trauma, stings, bites, post surgery.

  • For example following a bee sting using homeopathic Apis will quickly alleviate the painful swelling.

  • Following surgery the use of homeopathic Arnica will reduce bruising and shock. It's now used widely by cosmetic surgeons 

What to Expect From Treatment.

  • The first consultation lasts about an hour and your homeopath will take a detailed case history. Current symptoms and past medical history will be noted

  • Questions may be asked about diet, sleep, lifestyle, and about some mental and emotional aspects

  • Questions may also be asked about family history.

What to Expect From Treatment continued

  • The prescribed homeopathic medicine will match the individual symptoms of the patient to the medicine.

  • The chosen medicine will match the individual not the condition so two people with asthma may require different medicines.

What medicine will I receive?

  • A single dose or repeated doses of medicine may be given. These small amounts of medicine are sufficient to stimulate the body's healing process.

  • Where illness has developed over a long time, several successive medicines may be needed during the course of weeks, months or years.

How do I take the medicines?

  • Homeopathic medicines are taken in liquid or pill form.

  • They need to be taken away from food or strong flavours such as mint or coffee as they may limit the effectiveness of the medicine.

  • Your homeopath will explain how often the medicine should be taken.

Are there side effects?

  • Healing takes place in different ways and reactions to a medicine vary. Sometimes there is an immediate improvement. Sometimes healing begins with an increased feeling of well being, even though symptoms initially remain. In some cases, old symptoms recur as part of the healing process. Occasionally there is a temporary worsening of the symptoms prior to improvement.

Are homeopathic medicines safe?

  • Homeopathy is safe for all ages from newborns through to the elderly.

  • Babies and children respond extremely well to homeopathy.

  • Government regulators do not allow the use toxic substances. This is regulated under the Poisons Act and is administered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

How widespread is its use?

  • In the UK, the royal family has used homeopathy since 1830 and it has a wide acceptance throughout Europe.

  • Homeopathy is used throughout the developed world. According to the WHO, 30 million Europeans use Homeopathy.

  • In France, the most popular cold and flu remedy is a homeopathic medicine available at Botanica Medicines.

  • Homoeopathy is also used extensively in the developing world, due to its easy access, cost effectiveness and low risk profile.

Learn more at the Homeopathic Research Institute

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