Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional drugs and will notinterfere with the action of any medicines prescribed by a doctor. Homeopathic treatment has an excellent safety record and because homeopathic medicines are non-toxic, they can be used by babies, children and during pregnancy.
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Homeopathic medicines (which homeopaths call remedies) are prepared by specialist homeopathic pharmacies using a careful process of dilution and succussion (a specific form of vigorous shaking).
Your homeopath will prescribe your remedy following the consultation. It will be given in tablet, pilule, liquid or occasionally powdered form. As homeopathic remedies are taken differently from conventional medicines, do make sure that you understand the instructions before you take your remedy.
What are homeopathic medicines made from?
Homeopathic medicines are made from plant, chemical, mineral or animal sources. The original material is diluted, then shaken vigorously (succussed). The number of times this is repeated determines the strength or ‘potency’ of the remedy, for example, a ’6c’ remedy will have been diluted 1 part in 100 then succussed, six times.
How can such dilute medicines work?
The fact that homeopathic medicines are so highly diluted has led some sceptics to say that homeopathic medicines are ‘nothing but water’. However, research suggests that vigorous shaking during the manufacturing process may imprint information from the original substance into the water it is dissolved in which would explain how preparations can still be active at very high dilutions.
Such theories are still being explored, so we don’t yet understand exactly how homeopathic medicines work, but experiments have already shown that ultra high dilutions have effects. For example, the hormone thyroxine, when prepared as a homeopathic ’30C’ remedy, was shown to slow down the process of metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs.
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