Below are some frequently asked questions about homeopathy:
Frequently Asked Questions
All major health funds provide cover for homeopathic treatment. Contact your fund for details.
The Australian Register of Homeopaths Ltd is the national registration body for professional homeopaths and is the receiver and arbiter of complaints from the public against registered members. Homeopaths registered with the board have qualifications matched to the government endorsed National Competency Standards and are required to meet the Board’s continuing education and insurance requirements each year. Email email@example.com.
The AROH member association in NSW is the Australian Homœopathic Association (AHA) NSW. AHA has branches in each state and is the largest professional homeopathic association in Australia. All member associations of AROH have a Constitution, which includes a Code of Ethics and Complaints Procedure.
AROH admits homeopaths who have undergone training at Registered Training Organisations or Universities, which comply with Commonwealth Government recognised National Competency Standards. This involves a three-year Diploma Course of full time study and clinical training and is now being upgraded to an Advanced Diploma.
Homeopathic remedies can work on many different levels.
Constitutional remedies provide a general boost to the immune system. Often your physical symptoms and mental state will both be part of the symptom picture of the constitutional remedy that you need at the time.
Acute remedies may be necessary to treat the particular symptoms of a cold, flu,’ gastro’ attack etc. They can also be used for particular situations such as jet lag or carsickness. Often they are best followed up with a dose of constitutional remedy to restore balance to the system. A constitutional remedy taken at the first signs of a cold or flu and may ward it off.
First Aid remedies aid recovery from bruises, sprains, fractures, burns, bites & stings etc. They also help to reduce pain.
For more information about acute and first aid treatment, you can attend a Homeopathy at Home workshop, and learn how to administer remedies for these situations.
Homeopaths also have success treating animals.
After the first consultation we usually wait about 4 weeks to assess the effectiveness of the treatment. Further appointments at 4 to 6 week intervals will be made as required. Usually, over time, the frequency diminishes and you would only need to come back if symptoms recur, or a new complaint emerges.
The medicines used in homeopathic treatment come from vegetable, mineral and animal sources. The preparation of each medicine follows strict pharmaceutical guidelines. The medicines are usually dispensed in either pilule or drop form.
By their nature, homeopathic medicines are low risk. The method of preparation makes them non-toxic and non-addictive. They can be used during pregnancy, while taking other medications and alongside other medical complaints. They can be used by people of all ages, even by the family pet! However, they should always be taken under the guidance of a qualified homeopath or physician to ensure they are being used properly.
As a homeopath, I am interested in the unique features of your condition, and aim to match the most appropriate homeopathic remedy to your unique symptom picture.
Your first consultation can last up to one and a half hours. I gather information about your presenting complaint, and take a detailed medical and personal history in which emotional and environmental stresses play an important part.
Follow up consultations usually last around one hour.
A naturopath works with a range of natural therapies including nutrition, herbal medicine and massage, and may use some homeopathy. Homeopathy is a separate discipline in its own right.