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What does homeopathic treatment involve?

Homeopathic doctors work in the same way as any other conventional doctors do. History taking, examination and investigation are all important in establishing the diagnosis. However, as well as asking about your symptoms, a homeopathic doctor will be interested in you as an individual and the unique way in which your symptoms affect you.
The homeopathic consultation                 
Questions about your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality, sleep patterns and medical history help the doctor to form a complete picture of you. This picture will be matched to the symptoms of your illness in order to prescribe a particular type and strength of homeopathic medicine. As a guide your first appointment could take anything up to an hour, with follow-up appointments typically lasting 30 minutes.
The medicine
At the end of the consultation your homeopathic doctor will arrange for the remedy to be posted direct to your home and advise you how often to take it. Homeopathy is usually taken in tablet or pillule form, but is also available in liquid and powder form. You may be prescribed a homeopathic gel or cream for topical use as well.
Homeopathic remedies are made from plant, mineral or animal sources. The original substance is repeatedly diluted and vigorously shaken (succussed) in water and alcohol. The diluted medicine is then added to lactose tablets or pillules.
Are there any side effects?
No. Homeopathic medicines have no side effects as they are highly diluted. Occasionally symptoms can become worse on first taking the medicine as the remedies stimulate the body to overcome the illness naturally. This is called “aggravation” and is a good sign as it shows the medicine is starting to work.
Is homeopathy safe?
Homeopathic medicines are not harmful because they are highly diluted. They are non-toxic and non-addictive and are prepared in laboratories licenced by the department of health to stringent standards of quality.