A sample of questions and answers compiled by the National Center for Homeopathy; 2014.
A Few Questions Answered
The homeopath regards symptoms as the body's healthy attempt to restore itself into balance. This is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms; rather to than opposing or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, the cold or hay fever sufferer is given an antihistamine to dry up the runny nose and watery eyes. Unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation can often result. With the correct homeopathic remedy, however, there are no side effects and the person is restored to health naturally with an attendant sense of well-being. Homeopathy recognizes that each person manifests his or her 'dis-ease' in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy. A cold sufferer with a stopped up nose and dry eyes would receive a different remedy than one with a runny nose and watering eyes. Unlike the 'one size fits all' approach to prescribing often used in conventional medicine, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches the unique symptom profile of the individual.
Conventional medicine seeks to control illness through the regular use of medications; if the medicine is stopped, the person's symptoms return. For example, the daily use of drugs for asthma alleviates the symptoms but dose not cure the underlying problem. In homeopathy, the idea is that a person needs just enough of the homeopathic remedy to stimulate their healing response.
Because of the minute doses used in homeopathy, the medicines are non-toxic. When properly administered, the medicines are completely safe for everyone; including pregnant women, newborns, children, and adults through their senior years. Many veterinarians use homeopathy in the treatment of animals. There are no known or suspected contraindications or drug interactions between homeopathic and conventional medications.
Homeopathic medicines are made according to a book of standards called the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). The HPUS contains all of the information necessary for the proper identification of the raw materials used to make homeopathic medicines, as well as techniques for their manufacture and quality control. Homeopathic medicines are considered to be drugs under U.S. federal law, and the Food and Drug Administration regulates the manufacture, marketing, and sales of all homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines are derived from botanical (plant), mineral, and some animal sources. The process of preparing a crude substance and making it into a homeopathic medicine has two fundamental elements: (1) dilution of the substance in measured steps (serial dilution) and (2) vigorous shaking or succussion of the preparation at each step.
Homeopathic remedies are much less expensive than conventional medicines, costing on average $6 - $10 per bottle. Sometimes only a single dose of a medicine is needed to effect a return to health. The remedies have extended shelf life and each one may be indicated for several different conditions.
Consumers can learn to treat simple first-aid and acute conditions effectively with the aid of homeopathic self-care books or by attending homeopathic classes; but serious, chronic conditions should always bee treated by an experienced homeopathic practitioner.
The first visit with a homeopath usually last one to two hours. During the visit, the homeopath will review the patient's medical history and attempt to elicit a full picture of the person's symptoms - mental, emotional, and physical. A homeopathic remedy will be chosen to match the person's symptom profile. Scheduling of follow-up visits will vary depending on the needs of the person and the practitioner's philosophy; intervals of four to six weeks are typical. A follow-up visit usually lasts 30-60 minutes.
Homeopathic medicines do not interfere with any other type of prescription medications and can be used alongside such drugs. Homeopathy not only compliments your current treatment, but its goal is to bring about healing and to relieve you of your need for any kind of medication.
High blood pressure - Acne, eczema and other skin disorders - Menstrual and hormonal imbalances - Menopausal problems - Hot flashes - Chronic fatigue syndrome - Coughs, colds and flues - Teething - Colic - Irritable bowel syndrome - Stress, anxiety, depression - Fears and phobias - Insomnia ans sleep disorders - Panic attacks - Asthma and allergies - Failure to thrive and delayed development - Rheumatoid arthritis - Infertility - ADD/ADHD - Pregnancy and childbirth concerns - Bed wetting - Prostrate problems - Thyroid problems - Headaches and migraines - Ear infections - Bronchitis - Just to name a few.