Prior to the first homeopathic consultation the patient will be requested to complete a very detailed history questionnaire. Physical, mental and emotional factors are elicited to establish an extensive profile of the patient and the complaints. This process will be completed during the hour-long first consultation, as well as a physical examination. Once the homeopath has matched the profile with the medicine [the homeopathic simillimum ], the patient is then given this medicine as the treatment.

After the first consultation and prescription there will usually be a follow-up appointment in 3 to 4 weeks, (unless the condition is acute). This is to give the medicine and the patient’s defense mechanisms time to respond. Occasionally this response might include a slight exacerbation of a particular symptom, called an “aggravation” which normally resolves after a short time. The longer a disease has been present and/or suppressed with drugs, the longer it may take to cure the condition. In acute situations homeopathic treatment can work very quickly, contrary to popular opinion.



shutterstock_50035975Homeopathic medicines are available in a variety of forms, most commonly as liquids, tablets, pillules, granules, powders, injections, suppositories or creams.

Observe the following precautions as far as possible when taking homeopathic medicines:

Allow the remedy to dissolve in the mouth. If you are taking several remedies, then allow each to dissolve before taking the next. Pillules can be chewed or crushed.

Avoid touching the remedy, as it is sensitive and may be affected by the oils of your skin.

For babies the pellets can be dissolved in some water, and a spoonful of this given as a dose.

Homeopathic drops can be taken neat, or in a little water, and held in the mouth for a few seconds.

Do not take the medicine with water, food, other drinks or before or after smoking. They are best taken on an empty stomach, or not less than 5 minutes before eating. If you have eaten, allow 20 minutes before taking the remedy.

If you have brushed your teeth, wait 20-30 minutes before taking, as peppermint in the toothpaste [or sweets] prevents absorption from the mouth.

Avoid the 4 C’s as much as possible [or at least for several hours before and after taking homeopathic medicines], as they may counteract the effects of homeopathic medicines: Camphor [in creams or rubs or inhalations], Cortisone, Chamomile herbal tea, Coffee.

Medical drugs can also be taken, [with your doctor’s knowledge] as they act on a more superficial level.

Homeopathic remedies can be stored for many years providing they are protected from heat, light, strong odours [e.g. in the medicine cabinet], perfumes and moisture.

If you travel by plane, try to avoid having your medicines pass through the personal X-rays. Put them in a separate bag and pass them around the outside, informing the officer that they are homeopathic medicines.



Conventional Western doctors dispute the principle that a very dilute substance can have any therapeutic effect on the body. They claim too that the PLACEBO effect [i.e. the power of suggestion] accounts wholly for the success of homeopathy. This effect does indeed account for about 30% of the success rate BUT it also does so in conventional clinical studies!

It is technically difficult to set up “double blinded” clinical trials on homeopathic cases as the treatment needs to be so highly individualised. Nevertheless, much research has been done, and its mode of action and success have been proven scientifically. Trials are expensive, and funds are limited as they obviously do not have the support of the large, corporate pharmaceutical companies. All too often, poorly conducted trials which show homeopathy in a negative light, are highlighted in the press and media, in an attempt to discredit homeopathy.



Almost anyone can be helped with homeopathic treatment. Children and animals respond very quickly. Many conventional drugs can be taken concurrently with homeopathic medicines, as they work on a different level in the body. Homeopathy cannot cure Diabetes, Cancer or AIDS, but it can relieve many of the symptoms of these illnesses. Remember, homeopathy treats the person not the disease!



The Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) is the statutory council that regulates homeopathy in South Africa, in accordance with Act 63 of 1982. AHPCSA controls all matters relating to students and practitioners – disciplinary matters, educational standards and professional fees. www.ahpcsa.co.za


The Medicine Control Council (MCC) is a government body that examines, revises and regulates the registration and control of all homeopathic medicine.


The Homeopathic Association of South Africa (HSA) concerns itself with all matters relating to the interests of practitioners, maintaining and promoting the good name of the profession. www.hsa.org.za

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