Frequently Asked Questions
What is a homeopathic remedy?
Remedies are derived from a variety of natural substances of plant, mineral or animal origin and are prepared in licensed laboratories under strict quality control. They are given in many forms including tablet, granule, drops or powder.
In Ireland they are regulated by the Health Products Regulatory Authority.
Are homeopathic remedies safe?
The method used to prepare a remedy negates any side effects or toxicity the substance may normally have, while retaining its beneficial properties. In the correct dosage, remedies are safe to use for everybody, including infants or the elderly.
What if I am taking other medication?
Homeopathic medicines do not interfere with the action of prescription drugs. If you are on prescribed medication you should not stop that medication without first consulting the doctor who prescribed it.
How are homeopaths in Ireland regulated?
The Irish Society of Homeopaths is the body that regulates the homeopathic profession in Ireland. They set and maintain the highest standards for homeopathy. Central to this role is maintaining the register of qualified homeopaths. After graduation from an accredited four-year-course, a homeopath enrols in a process of professional development related to registration. A registered homeopath abides by the Society's Code of Ethics and can use the letters ISHom after their name. The Irish Society of Homeopaths is recognised by the Department of Health and Children and has participated in the National Working Group towards an Irish integrated health system.
Who uses homeopathy?
Over 30 million people in Europe use homeopathic remedies, either as over-the-counter remedies to treat simple ailments, or having them prescribed by a GP or homeopath.
Can I claim from my health insurance for homeopathic treatment?
Most private health insurance providers will give refunds for appointments with a registered homeopath. Please refer to your policy details.
Is there research about homeopathy?
There are hundreds of high-quality studies about the efficacy of homeopathy, as well as scientific papers published. Here are just some of them:
- Respiratory tract complaints
500 consecutive patients were enrolled in 30 primary care practices. The authors concluded that homeopathy appeared to be at least as effective as conventional treatment of patients with allergies, respiratory tract infections or ear complaints. Results showed a response of 82.6% for those provided with homeopathy vs 67.3% in the group receiving conventional medicine.
Ref: Riley D, Fischer M, Singh B, Haidvogl M, Heger M, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2001;7:149-159
In an NHS community clinic study, 81.4% of women reported improvement of menopausal symptoms after homeopathic treatment.
Journal of the British Menopause Society Vol.11,2 June 2005
- Ear problems
Results concluded that homeopathy should be the first port of call for ear complaints. Findings showed reduced pain, duration and less likelihood of recurrence for those receiving homeopathic treatment.
Ref: Friese, Kruse, Ludtke, Moeller, Int. J. Clin. Pharmacol. Ther.1997:35:296-301
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Randomised, double blind, placebo controlled crossover trials showing effectiveness in the areas of ADHD behavioural and cognitive functions.
Ref: Frei H. et al, European Journal of Pediatrics 2005 Jul 27
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