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The ASA does not allow me to say what homeopathy is so I have to leave you to find that out somewhere else too! However, I do think it is important to understand that homeopathy is one of several natural therapies which is ancient and treats the whole person and doesn’t ‘pick off’ individual symptoms in the way that conventional medicine does. What I am allowed to say is that with an ever-growing number of people seeking a natural way of treating their health, homeopathy can be used alongside conventional medicine and has a mounting evidence base to support it.
The founder of modern homeopathy was an eighteenth century German physician, Dr Samuel Hahnemann, who was so appalled by the practises of his day (bloodletting, the use of massive doses of mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals which more often than not killed the patient), that he set out to find a healing approach that was safe, gentle and effective. He believed that the body could be stimulated with minute doses of medicine to encourage its natural healing process and thus even very diluted poisons could be effective and the patients would rally. Today, homeopathic remedies are regulated in the UK by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (HMRA) which is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care responsible for ensuring that medicines are acceptably safe.
Experiential and observational results in the patients themselves are not sufficient to satisfy our sceptical critics. In truth many pharmaceuticals ‘work’ but no one knows why! Indeed many things ‘work’ but no one really knows how or why!
Please note: These questions and answers are not intended to be a substitute to advice from a qualified homeopath or homeopathic doctor. If any symptoms persist, you should always consult your GP. Homeopathy can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine but please ensure both your homeopath and your GP are aware of the drugs and remedies you are taking. GPs have access to primary care modalities which may be essential.