Homeopathy was discovered by a German doctor over 200 years ago, who believed that your body can heal itself if it's given extremely diluted forms of herbs, plants, animal and mineral extracts that produce the same symptoms of whatever you are suffering from. The basic idea is that like cures like.
How does it work?
The idea behind homeopathy is that it encourages your body to heal itself. Homeopathy treats everyone very individually and takes into account not just medical history but lifestyle habits and personality, for example if you are someone who always feels the cold, generally feels happy or moody, or prefers summer to winter. It is rare that two patients are given the same remedy even though they might be suffering from the same condition.
What conditions can it treat?
Homeopathy claims to treat anything and everything, although it is often used to help conditions that are hard to treat with conventional medicine such as irritable bowl syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME).
Can I have it on the NHS?
Yes, although it is not widely available and many health trusts have had their budgets cut which has meant alternative health treatments such as homeopathy have been taken away completely.
How much does it cost?
Prices vary across the country but it is usual for a homeopath to charge around £50 for the first consultation. There are charges on top for follow-up appointments and for whatever remedies they prescribe.
Where can I go to get treatment and find out more information?
Speak to your doctor first as they might be able to refer you or know of a local practicioner. Or visit www.trusthomeopathy.org