How does it work?
Homeopaths see symptoms as a sign that your body is attacking an illness and use remedies which encourage this response and help the healing process. When you have symptoms of illness, your homeopath will give you a remedy which would produce similar symptoms if taken when you were healthy. Sometimes referred to as treating "like with like", but this remedy is given in minute quantities so that it triggers your body's self-healing response without any other ill effect.

How often do I have to take the remedy?
This will vary, depending on the severity or nature of the problem. It can be as frequent as one tablet every half hour or as infrequently as one tablet monthly or per annum. Remedies which have acted only need to be repeated when the symptoms recur.

How should I take the remedy?
Avoind putting anything in your mouth for half an hour before or after taking your remedy. Some homeopaths advise completely avoiding strong substances like coffee and mint while taking remedies.

How should I store the remedies?
Most medicianes are fairly delicate and need to be treated quite carefully. Homeopathic remedies should be stored away from strong light, strong temperature variations and strong smells. All three of these can interfere with the remedy's effectiveness.

Should I stop my other medication?
No. Homeopathic remedies can be safely taken along with other medicianes. It can be very dangerous to stop taking medication which you have been using for some time. The remedies will not interfere with your other drugs. You will be able to reduce your other medication if you begin to improve under the influence of the homeopathic remedy.

Why have I heard that some homeopaths tell their patients to stop their other drugs?
It is very unusual for a qualified health care professional to give such an instruction. Some non-medically qualified homeopaths have been known to give such advice and it stems from their distrust of mainstream medicine. The reason they will give is that some drugs can inhibit the effects of homeopathic remedies. It is true that some drugs can produce such an inhibitory effect, particularly steroids and other drugs which suppress the immune system. However, experienced homeopathic practitioners will tell you that it is still possible to see the remedies produce good effects in the face of these drugs. Drugs should only be stopped when it is deemed they are no longer clinically necessary.

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