FAQ Homeopathy

The following information was given to be by a colleague.  The information comes from the Green Smoothie Girl website. 

I love homeopathy, and use it in my practice.  Because not all homeopathic products are created equally,  I use Energetix brand products. They are very stable.  They do not interact with essential oil therapy, and you do not have to be careful with the foods that you eat while taking these remedies.

Q: Why use Homeopathics?

A: Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. Its growth in popularity has grown significantly throughout the world, but particularly in the United States during the last decade. This success is fueled by several factors: Homeopathy is extremely effective. When the correct remedy is taken, results can be rapid, complete and permanent. Homeopathy is completely safe. Even children and pregnant women can use Homeopathy without the danger of side effects. Homeopathic remedies can also be taken alongside other medication without producing unwanted side effects. Homeopathy is natural. Homeopathic remedies are normally based on natural ingredients. Homeopathy works in harmony with your immune system, unlike some conventional medicines which suppress the immune system. (For example, cough medicines suppress the cough reflex, which is your body’s attempt to clear the lungs). Homeopathic remedies are not addictive – once relief is felt, you should stop taking them. If no relief is felt, you are probably taking the wrong homeopathic remedy.Homeopathy is holistic. It treats all the symptoms as one, which in practical terms means that it addresses the cause, not the symptoms. This often means that symptoms tackled with Homeopathy do not recur.

Q: How popular are homeopathic medicines in the United States?

A. Thousands of healthcare professionals use homeopathic medicines, including family physicians, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, dentists, nurses, naturopathic doctors, pharmacists, chiropractors and veterinarians.

Q: How well-known are homeopathic medicines throughout the world?

A: Today, homeopathy is used by millions of patients in more than 70 countries and is recommended by more than 500,000 healthcare providers.

Q: Is there any scientific research on homeopathic medicines?

A: An increasing number of scientific studies on homeopathy are being conducted and, in recent years, more than 150 of these studies have been published in medical journals. Clinical research is providing evidence of the efficacy of homeopathic medicines, and basic laboratory research is confirming the biological activity of highly diluted substances and helping the scientific community better understand their mechanism of action.

Q: Can homeopathic medicines be taken in conjunction with other medications?

A: Micro-dosed homeopathic medicines above 4C are safe and have no known side effects or contraindications. They can be safely taken with other conventional medicines and are sometimes recommended to complement other treatments.

Q: Can I give homeopathic medicines to my children?

A: Homeopathic medicines can be given to children without risk. As with any over-the-counter medicine, it is advisable to check with a doctor or a pharmacist before treating children younger than 8 years of age.

Q: How frequently can I or should I take homeopathic medicines?

A: Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare professional or on the product label. As a general rule of thumb, when self-medicating, you can increase the frequency when the symptom is sudden and acute, then decrease frequency with improvement. For example, upon twisting your ankle, you can take an Arnica tablet every 10 minutes 3 to 4 times a day and then 3 times a day as needed.

Q: How do I know I have selected the right homeopathic medicines?

A: Improvements are usually seen quite rapidly, particularly in acute conditions and when treatment is started at the onset of symptoms. Individual product labels will provide you with more specific information and directions for use. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a doctor. Chronic conditions will require the attention of a healthcare provider knowledgeable in homeopathy and may require more time for improvement.

Q: Can homeopathic medicines be used to treat recurring illnesses?

A: For patients with chronic illnesses, homeopathic treatment aims to reduce the intensity and frequency of episodes or outbreaks, as with allergies or herpes.

Q: Can homeopathic medicines prevent certain diseases?

A: Homeopathic medicines are indicated for relief of symptoms – not prevention of infectious diseases.

Q: Do homeopathic medicines act quickly?

A: Yes. When used for acute, occasional illnesses, homeopathic medicines can take effect very quickly, especially if they are taken as soon as symptoms appear. For chronic disorders such as asthma, migraines and allergies, longer treatments are needed to see sustained relief.

Q: Are homeopathic medicines and allopathic treatments compatible?

A: There are no contraindications between allopathic and homeopathic medicines when taken simultaneously. Your physician may prescribe these medications alone or in combination with others according to your needs.

Q: Can I self-medicate using homeopathic treatments?

A: Because homeopathic medicines can be a fast, reliable, and appropriate solution, in many instances, self-medication may be sufficient for treating acute, non-serious pain or disorders. However, if symptoms continue, you must consult a physician for a precise diagnosis and a suitable course of treatment.

Q: Are homeopathic medicines safe to use when pregnant?

A: As with any medicine, pregnant women should seek their physician’s or pharmacist’s advice before use.

Q: Can animals be treated with homeopathic medicines?

A: For more than 150 years, homeopathic medicines have been used to treat pets, farm animals, competitive animals and even wild animals. More and more breeders and animal lovers use it every day.

Q: Do homeopathic medicines have an expiration date?

A: Most homeopathic medicines usually have up to a 3-4 year expiration date

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  • Denise Vessels says:

    Great concise information about homeopathic — the only way to go!