Frequently Asked Questions
Thousands of healthcare professionals, including family physicians, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, dentists, nurses, naturopathic doctors, pharmacists, chiropractors and veterinarians, use homeopathic medicines to treat their patients.
Homeopathy is recommended by more than 400,000 health care providers throughout the world and is used by millions of patients in more than 65 countries.
An increasing number of scientific studies on homeopathy are being conducted and in recent years more than 150 of these studies have been published in scientific and medical journals. Clinical research is providing evidence of the efficacy of homeopathic medicines, and basic laboratory research is confirming the biological activity of highly diluted substances, helping the scientific community better understand the mechanism of action.
The same single medicine may be useful for several different conditions. For example, Gelsemium 30C can be indicated for stress or fever and Sepia 30C can be indicated for mood swings or hot flashes. Due to space limitations on the label, Boiron labels are printed with the most common indication(s) for each medicine, therefore, not all conditions/symptoms will be listed on the label.
Micro-dosed homeopathic medicines above 4C are safe and have no known side effects or contraindications. They can be safely taken with other conventional medicines and are sometimes recommended as a complement to other treatments.
Homeopathic medicines can be given to children under age 2 without risk. For treating children over age 2 years, please follow label directions. Homeopathic medicines may be dissolved in water for easier administration to small children. The dosage is generally the same for adults and children since the activity of homeopathic medicines is not body-mass dependent. See package labeling for specific dosage recommendations.
Follow the instructions provided on the product label, however, when it comes to single medicines packaged in multi-dose tubes, general dosage instructions are five (5) pellets taken three (3) times per day. As a general rule of thumb, when self-medicating, patients can increase the frequency when the symptom is sudden and acute, then decrease it as the condition/symptom improves. For example, for a twisted ankle, patients can take Arnica every 10 minutes 3-4 times, and then reduce the dosage to three (3) times per day, as needed.
With homeopathic medicines, improvements are usually seen very quickly, particularly in acute conditions and when treatment is begun at the early onset of symptoms. Individual product labels can provide more specific information and directions for use. Patients whose symptoms persist or worsen should consult a doctor. Chronic conditions require the attention of a health care provider knowledgeable in homeopathy and may require more time for improvement.
No. There is no homeopathic treatment for cancer.
For patients with chronic illnesses, homeopathic treatment aims to reduce the intensity and frequency of episodes or outbreaks, such as with allergies or herpes.
Homeopathic medicines are indicated for relief of symptoms and not prevention of infectious diseases.
Yes. When used for acute, occasional illnesses, homeopathic medicines have a rapid effect, especially if taken as soon as symptoms appear. For chronic disorders such as asthma, migraines and allergies, longer treatments may be needed to see sustained relief.
There are no contraindications between homeopathic and allopathic treatments when taken simultaneously.
Because homeopathic medicines can be a fast, reliable and appropriate solution, in many instances, self-medication may be sufficient for treating acute, non-serious pain or disorders. However, if symptoms continue, patients are strongly encouraged to consult a physician for diagnosis and treatment.
The safety of homeopathic medicines is one of their many benefits. As such, many physicians and pharmacists recommend homeopathic medicines for their pregnant patients. However, effectiveness and appropriateness of a homeopathic remedy for your patient will depend on the individual care provided.
Mother tinctures contain alcohol, as do the orally administered drops prepared in an alcohol solution. One hundred drops of 65 percent mother tincture contain 1.026 grams of pure ethanol. In comparison, one glass of 12 percent wine contains 9.5 grams of pure ethanol.
Most homeopathic medicines have a five-year expiration date.