Q: What can homeopathy help with?
A: Most complaints including physical conditions, stress, and emotional difficulties can benefit from homeopathy. Please get in touch if you are unsure. Information leaflets are available; simply get in touch.
Q: How does homeopathy work?
A: Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the patient with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body's natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
Q: How is a homeopathic remedy or tablet made?
A: Homeopathic medicines (which homeopaths call remedies) are prepared by specialist pharmacies using a careful and highly regulated process of dilution and succussion (a specific form of vigorous shaking).
Q: How do I take the remedy?
A: Full instructions are always given with your prescription. Usually the remedy is sucked or chewed and not taken with food.
Q: How does a consultation work?
A: Appointments are mainly week days, but alternatives can be arranged to suit full time workers. The clinic is adjacent to Stirling Community Hospital and minutes from Stirling town centre. Appointments are also available at The Therapy Centre in Dunblane on Wednesdays and Fridays on an ad hoc basis.
Q: How much will it cost?
Q: How often will I need to come back?
A: Often just one appointment is required, however if your condition is long term or chronic several follow up appointments may be required. It is likely you will be aware of changes in the body and homeopathy will support your recovery at your pace. Appointments are made on a monthly basis to suit the patient. Parents of children with ADHD and ASD should call to discuss my suggested homeopathic protocol.
Q: I would like specialist support to stop smoking?
A: Heather Clinic has a focused 'quit smoking' supported programme which includes homeopathy; remedies for you, and your symptoms as you quit. Motivational support is given daily over 3 weeks which uses Cognitive Behavoural Techniques and constitutional prescribing techniques. Total cost for this programme is £200.
Q: What happens if I need an appointment when you are on holiday?
A: Long term patients will always be supported over a holiday period however any problems or acute conditions can access the Homeopathic Helpline which is staffed until midnight 365 days a year: 09065343404.
Q: What is the homeopathic principle 'like cures like' about?
A: Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat 'like with like', that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollen are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients. However, one major difference with homeopathic medicines is that substances are used in ultra high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic. To read more about safety studies and other research, have a look at the researh pages and/or follow the relevant links including the Society of Homeopaths.
Q: What about the science?
A: Science has not been able to explain the mechanism of action of ultra high dilutions in the body, but laboratory experiments have repeatedly demonstrated that homeopathically prepared substances cause biological effects. For example, the hormone thyroxine prepared as a homeopathic '30C' dilution will slow down the process of metamorphosis of tadpoles (Society of Homeopaths). Moreover, go to the research pages to find out more about the ground breaking work of Professor Montagnier. One theory is that during the production of a homeopathic medicine, the dilution and agitation processes cause an interaction between the original material, for example, a plant, and the water and alcohol it is mixed with. This creates tiny new structures (nanostructures) which are the 'active ingredient' and remain present even when the sample has been diluted many, many times.
Q: Where did homeopathy come from?
A: The principle of treating 'like with like' dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years.
It was discovered by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, who, shocked with the harsh medical practises of the day, looked for a way to reduce the damaging side-effects associated with medical treatment. He began experimenting on himself and a group of healthy volunteers, giving smaller and smaller medicinal doses, and found that as well as reducing toxicity, the medicines actually appeared to be more effective the lower the dose. Hahnemann went on to document his work, and his texts formed the foundations of homeopathic medicine as it is practised today. A BBC Radio 4 documentary aired in December 2010 described Hahnemann as a medical pioneer who worked tirelessly to improve medical practice, insisting that medicines were tested before use.
References sourced from the Society of Homeopaths
1) Endler PC, Heckmann C, Lauppert E, et al. The metamorphosis of amphibians and information of thyroxine. In: Schulte J, Endler PC (eds). Fundamental Research in Ultra High Dilution and Homoeopathy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998 2) Montagnier L et al. Electromagnetic signals are produced by aqueous nanostructures derived from bacterial DNA sequences. Interdiscip Sci Comput Life Sci, 2009; 1: 81-90
Q: Are homeopathic remedies tested on animals?
A: There is no animal testing in homeopathy. Remedies are tested on healthy human subjects.