The main principle behind homeopathy is that ‘like cures like’. Homoeopathists see symptoms of illness as the body trying to heal itself. And so treat people by giving them minute doses of natural drugs that, in larger doses, would produce symptoms of the illness itself.
But does homeopathy work? Well, research shows that a homeopathic effect does exist. Many adults, children, animals and even plants have been successfully treated with homeopathy. And studies at Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital have shown homeopathy to be effective in the treatment of hay fever.
If you’d like to try homeopathy, you’ll find over 2000 remedies available from pharmacies and health food shops. The remedies come in many different forms (including tablets, powders and tinctures (alcoholic extracts).
- Arnica montana – for bumps and bruises, sprains and strains, shock, trauma, joint pain, broken bones
- Nux vomica – for headaches, nausea and vomiting, morning sickness, colic, abdominal pain, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, piles, colds, coughs and flu, stiff, aching muscles, joint pains, cramp
- Phytolacca decandra – for breastfeeding problems, dizziness, sore throat with swollen tonsils, earache, mumps, joint pain, teething
- Allium cepa – for common colds, catarrhal headaches, runny nose, eye inflammation, sore throats, hay fever, tickly cough
Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful.
If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under 3 months.