Homeopathy FAQs

Q. What’s the difference between Homeopathic Remedies and Herbal Remedies?

A. Conventional medicine is based on the premise of using drugs either to control symptoms or to change the way in which the body reacts to illness or disease. Herbal remedies seek to treat the symptoms or the illness in a similar way; in fact many drugs prescribed by our doctors or available from pharmacies have a basis in plant extracts, even if the active ingredients are subsequently simulated in a laboratory. Homeopathy differs in that it attempts to trigger the patient’s own capacity for healing, believing that the body has an innate ability to mend and heal itself when something is wrong.

Q. What are the basic principles behind homeopathy?

A. Homeopathy is based on the belief that like treats like. The symptoms of the illness in question are mimicked by the homeopathic treatment to encourage the body’s own healing mechanism to do its job. Homeopathy uses only natural substances in very diluted forms, so that they are completely safe and non-toxic.

Q. What sort of conditions can homeopathy be used to treat and how do I get treatment?

A. A huge range of illnesses and diseases can be treated with homeopathy; sometimes in conjunction with conventional medicine but sometimes where other medical treatments have failed. Many people choose to self-prescribe and there are books and articles that can help you do that. The staff at Baldwins are experienced in homeopathic remedies and will be pleased to give you advice. However, if you are looking for a homeopathic practitioner, check that they are registered with a medical body and have insurance in place. As yet, homeopathic practitioners do not have to be registered by law, so take care! Visit the British Homeopathic Association’s website for more information at www.trusthomeopathy.org

Q. Is there any evidence that homeopathy works?

A. Homoeopathy has been practised for more than 200 years and today it is estimated that worldwide around 500 million people use homeopathic remedies. It is increasingly being recognised by the NHS and some doctors are now willing to refer their patients to homeopathic practitioners. There is a still a section of the scientific world that is sceptical about homeopathic treatments, but there is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the power of homeopathic remedies in helping people overcome far ranging illnesses including adolescent problems, hay fever, skin complaints and sleep problems. Some doctors who qualified in conventional medicine have chosen homeopathy as their main area of practice or as an ‘add on’ to their ordinary treatments. Baldwins helpline staff will be pleased to help you choose books or other products. Contact them on 020 7703 5550.

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