FAQ #01

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Homeopathy Work?

A recent study at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital of over 6000 consecutive patients with chronic illnesses revealed that 70% experienced improvement in their symptoms.
Another study in Nottingham found that a significant number visited their GP less often and were able to reduce or stop their conventional medication.

There is further evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy emerging from India and America.
Lab tests in America have also shown encouraging results.

For a comprehensive summary of some of the emerging evidence and the campaign to discredit homeopathy go to What Doctors Don't Tell You by clicking here

click here to read an article by scientist trained as homeopath
click here to read about more research on homeopathy

What conditions do patients who consult a homeopath suffer from?

Most conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems, chronic fatigue, skin problems, candida (thrush), migraines, asthma, bronchitis, cystitis, recurrent colds, sinusitis, joint pains, childhood illness, women's health, depression, insomnia, anxiety, stress, low energy, bereavement and many others.

Why come to a homeopath?

Perhaps you just can't use conventional medicine because of other medical conditions, pregnancy, side effects, sensitivity to medication or because of interactions with other drugs which you are already taking.

You may be seeking to enhance your general health without having anything specific or serious enough to warrant seeing your doctor.

It may be that despite thorough testing conventional methods have been unable to find anything wrong even though you feel unwell.

A homeopath works with what the body is saying by producing symptoms and matches a remedy to the whole patient rather than trying to treat a particular illness label in isolation. That means I don't need a label for your symptoms (a diagnosis) but I do need to listen to you and find out more about you as well as your symptoms.

Homeopathy seeks to improve the body's innate ability to heal itself.

Is homeopathy safe?

Homeopathic remedies contain little or none of the original substance from which they are made by a special process. This means:

  • they are safe to use with conventional medicines as they work at an entirely different level

  • they do not produce side effects in the way that conventional medicines can

  • it is impossible to become addicted to them.

    What ages are patients who come to a homeopath?

    Homeopathy is suitable for all ages from pregnancy, birth and through to old age.

    How do I know that my homeopath is properly qualified?

    Registration with the Society of Homeopaths is denoted by the letters RSHom and indicates that the practitioner has trained at a recognised school (usually a four year course) and has been further assessed or examined by the Society to ensure they are competent to practise. Members must also adhere to a code of ethics. CLICK HERE to visit the Society of Homeopaths website.

  • Vaccination - the vexed question!

    If you are struggling to make a decision about whether to have your child vaccinated how and where do you get information?

    1. Your doctor will give you the information about why you should.
    2. There are a lot of books and on-line sources which will give you information on why you should refrain.

    Three books you might consider reading are:

    Dispelling Vaccination Myths by Alan Phillips
    Mass Immunisation by Trevor Gunn
    Vaccines - Are They Really Safe and Effective? by Neil Z Miller

    Still really confused?
    Read the following article on line which gives a balanced summary and critique of both sides of the argument. You can click straight through to it:

    How can homeopathy be used?
    Some people decide to use the homeopathic preparations of the various diseases instead. As with the evidence for and against vaccination there are not, as far as I am aware, any definitive studies as to the effectiveness or otherwise of this use of homeopathy.

    If you decide not to vaccinate your child, it makes sense to ensure your child is as healthy as possible and their immune system is working well. Some parents bring their child to a homeopath for constitutional treatment from time to time in the belief that this will be helpful in maintaining good general health and an efficient immune system.

    Some parents who decide to go ahead with vaccination, put if off until the child is two years old on the basis that the child's immune system is not mature enough to benefit properly from the vaccinations before this, and that the child will cope better with any side effects. Also that the child usually has some immunity from breast feeding (if that is the chosen method of feeding). This is based on the experience of Japan which decided to postpone all childhood vaccinations until 2yrs old and found that the incidence of conditions associated with vaccination was drastically and significantly reduced.

    Some parents who decide to go ahead with vaccination come to a homeopath for remedies to give around the vaccinations in the belief that this may help to avoid any unwanted side effects. If the homeopath is trained as a CEASE practitioner (as I am) they will have a special protocol for doing this.

    You can also breast feed a baby for at least six months and preferably quite a lot longer.
    Make sure a child has a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables and little or no processed food.

    What is my position on vaccination?
    I believe that there is already tremendous pressure on parents to accept vaccination unquestioningly so I do not want to make matters worse by putting pressure on in the opposite direction. I think parents should be helped to find and study the information and arguments on both sides and then their decision should be respected - which ever course of action they take. So I aim to respect and support parents in what is not an easy decision, in what ever way I can and, if they wish, using homeopathic remedies.

    Should I have the flu jab?

    There is currently a lot of pressure to have the annual flu jab especially for older people. If you would like to read more about the evidence for its effectiveness click here to read more about the flu immunisation

    When do you have Clinics?
    Tuesday: Exeter
    Wednesday: Exmouth;
    Friday: Exeter
    I also do early evening appointments in Exeter on Tuesdays and Fridays.
    I am available for home visits for those unable to come to appointments.

    In Exmouth I have a clinic above Best Books in the Parade.
    To find me go through the book shop and up to the Book Rest cafe. Go through the door opposite the counter which has my notice on it and up a few stairs where you can take a seat in the waiting area.

    In Exeter I work at 24a Gandy Street - turn down the narrow covered lane at the side of Sea Salt and take the first door on the left. I am at the top of the stairs.
    I also work at Massage and Wellbeing, 18 Gandy Street - opposite the Phoenix Arts Centre, the entrance is by Moko, go into the courtyard and the door is on the right - press the intercom.
    Phone or email to make an appointment.

    Find out more or make an appointment by phoning me on 07986 157854 or 01392 412767 or email me by clicking on the link at the top left of this page.

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