Will the Homoeopathic remedies interact with my conventional
As each therapeutic system is working on different levels of the body there is no danger of contraindications. Homoeopathic remedies work well alongside most conventional medicines.
It may be important to have your doctor monitor the medications you are taking as your requirements for long-term drugs may change during the course of Homoeopathic treatment.
You should never discontinue your conventional medications without consulting your doctors.
Can I continue to take my vitamin and mineral supplements?
It is fine for you to continue to take all-purpose multi-vitamin or mineral supplements.
It is recommended that you avoid mega doses (larger than the daily recommended dosage) of any supplement while you are pursuing Homoeopathic treatment. Please bring these to your doctor's attention if you haven't already done so.
What about some of the other alternative therapies?
Many alternative therapies are complementary. Yoga, Physiotherapy, Accupressure, Reiki and cranio-sacral osteopathy are common systems of healing that are complementary to Homoeopathic treatment.
In addition, many people find it beneficial to take various self-healing courses to boost their vitality. Yoga, meditation etc. are all effective healing tools.
What about antiperspirants?
Although using antiperspirants will not counteract the healing effects of Homoeopathic treatment it is generally unwise to stop your body from sweating. Suppressing your sweat (whether it is under your arms or on your feet) can cause other problems, as sweating is one of your body's natural ways to eliminate 'toxins'.
A deodorant is a safer alternative as it won't prevent your body from sweating, but it will nutralise the bad smells!
Should I avoid all aromatherapy oils?
No. Some strong aromatic oils, in particular, eucalyptus and camphor (in ointments etc.) have been shown to have a negative effect. Please also avoid the use of undiluted aromatherapy oils such as tee tree oil and menthol during the course of your treatment (i.e., those with especially strong odors).
Milder oils such as lavender and rosemary diluted in bath or massage oils are fine, as are colognes and perfumes.
Can I go to the dentist while I am having Homoeopathic treatment.
Of course you can! It is important that you keep your teeth cleaned and checked regularly and these visits will not affect your Homoeopathic treatment.
If you are planning a course of dental treatment it is sensible to make sure those appointments are a good couple of weeks away from taking a constitutional remedy if possible.
Can I drink coffee while I am seeing a Homoeopath?
Many people can tolerate a moderate amount of coffee and have no difficulty with drinking one cup a day.
Some people are sensitive to it and find their nervous systems over stimulated by even a moderate amount. In this case their vitality and their general healing responses will be affected. If you fit into this category then you might consider cutting out coffee for the duration of your treatment.
Certain remedies are sensitive to the effects of coffee. Please advise your Homoeopath if you drink coffee, and especially if you drink more than one cup a day.
Should I avoid Cold Drinks, tea and chocolate since they all contain caffeine?
If you find that the effect of tea is similar to coffee then it is wise to take only moderate amounts or stop entirely. If you are not sensitive then there is no need to stop altogether but you might want to use them in moderation for the sake of your general health.
Can I drink alcohol or smoke?
Moderate use of alcohol doesn't interfere with Homoeopathic treatment (unless you are strongly affected by it), nor does occasional tobacco smoking. Since both alcohol and tobacco adversely affect your health, hence these should be avoided.
The constitutional remedy I took helped so I bought another bottle. How should I take it?
You shouldn't take another Homoeopathic remedy without talking to your Homoeopath first. Repeating a remedy that has helped can be counter-productive and may actually cause your symptoms to return. Self medication is always risky and thus should be avoided.
Can I take another Homoeopathic remedy while I am taking a constitutional remedy?
Homoeopathic remedies (including the Scheussler's Tissue Salts) have relationships to one another and it is important that you don't take another Homoeopathic remedy without checking with your Homoeopath first.
The exception to this is if you are in any kind of emergency situation like an accident, in which case you can take Arnica (or any other indicated remedy) . and then call your Homoeopath as soon as you can.
What should I do if I fall ill with a cough or a cold between visits?
If your acute illness is familiar to you it may be a healing response (a temporary return of old symptoms) and will pass quite quickly. Please call for reassurance if you are at all concerned.
If you do not have a straightforward cold or minor, everyday illness you should check with your primary care doctor to make sure you do not have a serious infection.
If the illness is unrelated to anything you have experienced in the past . and you know others who have a similar illness (there is something going around and you have 'caught' it), then you might be able to use Homoeopathy to help you through it. You will need to make appointment for an 'acute' consultation.
It is always preferable to check with your Homoeopath before taking an 'acute' Homoeopathic remedy.
Can I take aspirin or paracetamol for a fever?
It is generally inadvisable to use aspirin or paracetamol to suppress a fever. Fevers are one of the body's self-healing mechanisms and actually help your body to fight infection. As long as your temperature is not too high it is healthier to let nature take its course.
While you are sick it is important to take care of yourself in order to aid your healing process. If you feel quite unwell it is wise to go to bed and stay there! Rest and sleep as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids (water or fruit juices) and eat only if you feel hungry. A light diet (fruit and vegetable soups etc.) will give your digestion a rest and help your body to recover faster too.
I had something to eat after I took my remedy. Do I need another dose?
No, don't worry. It is recommended that you stay away from food and drink for a short time before and after taking your Homoeopathic remedy but if you forgot with one of your doses it generally doesn't matter.