Homeopathic doctors often see patients with long-term, chronic problems, many of which have failed to respond to conventional medicine, such as arthritis, asthma, migraine, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, eczema and irritable bowel syndrome.
However, as a system of medicine homeopathy is designed to treat the whole person and can therefore be considered in almost any situation where a person’s health is depleted. It can also be very useful in the treatment of minor ailments, from cuts and bruises to coughs and colds. A medical doctor trained in homeopathy will know when it is most effective to use homeopathic medicine, conventional medicine or a combination of both.Whole person medicine.
Doctors, dentists, vets…
As well as doctors there are nurses, midwives, dentists, vets, pharmacists, podiatrists and osteopaths, all using homeopathy in their daily practice.
Studies conducted by the BHA in collaboration with members of the Faculty of Homeopathy and the NHS homeopathic hospitals have identified the conditions most frequently seen by homeopathic doctors and dentists.
Medical conditions commonly seen
Allergy, anxiety, asthma, catarrh, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic rhinitis, cough, Crohn’s disease, depression, Eczema, fibromyalgia, hay fever, headache, irritable bowel syndrome, menopausal symptoms, migraine, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, upper respiratory tract infection, vitiligo.
Dental conditions commonly seen
Anxiety, apical abscess, gum swelling, pericoronitis, periodontal abscess, post-surgery pain, reversible pulpitis, sensitive cementum, tooth extraction, toothache with decay.
Published clinical evidence
Homeopathic research is still in its infancy but several of the conditions above, and a number of others, have a published evidence base. View conditions with positive evidence.
Outcome surveys carried out at the homeopathic hospitals indicate the level of improvement in health after homeopathy, according to the patients themselves.
Read about specific conditions
You can search our archive of over 200 articles for information on specific illnesses and how homeopathy has been shown to help patients in practice – search our archive of articles.
One of the interesting things about homeopathy is that it can have great results in animals. Sceptics often use the argument that homeopathic treatment works because it is all in the mind of the patient. It would be hard to apply this argument to your pet cat or dog!
Conditions often seen
A pilot study published by the BHA in 2007 found that the conditions most commonly seen by homeopathic vets are arthritis, atopic dermatitis, lameness, epilepsy, diarrhoea, aggression, fear, pruritus, hyperthyroid and kidney failure. A total of 767 pets took part in the study. Patients were predominantly cats and dogs, but horses and some other smaller animals were also present in the study.
According to owners, the health of 80% of the animals that took part in the study improved.
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