Q: What is Homeopathy?

A: Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. It is extremely safe to use, even with very small children and pets, has none of the side effects of many traditional medications, and is very affordable.

The word Homeopathy comes from two Greek words “homoios” meaning similar and “pathos” meaning disease or suffering. It is based on the law of “Likes Cure Likes” and was first formulated by the renowned German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1789. A minimal, homeopathic dose of a substance that would normally cause symptoms (such as the rash and itching from exposure to the poison ivy plant) in a healthy person, when given to a sick person exhibiting those symptoms, will effect a cure. This is why people can often take homeopathic Rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy plant) to cure their allergic reaction to poison ivy.

Homeopathic medicines are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). With a history of experience spanning over 200 years, homeopathic medicines are used by millions of patients and recommended by health care professionals around the world to relieve many acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, muscle pain and teething. Under the care of a trained health care practitioner, homeopathic medicines are successfully used for both acute illnesses, as well as chronic conditions, like asthma, depression, hypertension, and arthritis.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), homeopathy is the second largest medical system for primary health care in the world. It is prevalent and widely accepted in many parts of the world including Europe, where over 100 million people use it on a regular basis. In America, during the early 1900s, the most prestigious medical schools in this country were homeopathic.

Q: How do I take homeopathic medicines?

Q: Do homeopathic medicines have any side effects?

Q: Are homeopathic medicines regulated?

Q: How should I handle homeopathic pellets and tablets?

Q: My child just ate an entire bottle of medicine! What should I do?

Q: How quickly can I expect homeopathic medicines to work?

Q: Can I take my homeopathic medicine along with my prescription drugs or other natural supplements?

Q: Tell me more about the way homeopathic medicines are prepared.

Q: My child just took several tablets, pellets or lozenges. What should I do?

Q: If I use a homeopathic medicine every day, does it become less effective?

Q: Will drinking coffee or alcohol, or eating food interfere with the effectiveness of my homeopathic medicine?

Q: Can I take an overdose or too much of a homeopathic medicine?

Q: Is homeopathic medicine safe for my children? If so, how do I calculate the dosage?

Q: Is homeopathy safe to use with my pet?

Q: In what dosage forms can I find homeopathic medicines?

Q: How should I store my homeopathic medicines?

Q: How come all homeopathic medicines have names in Latin instead of English?

Q: Why is there alcohol in the liquid remedies? Is that really safe for my children?

Q: Should I use Liquid or pellets? What is the difference?

Q: Can I use homeopathic medicines while pregnant or nursing?

Q: Will homeopathic medicines cause dependence or a “rebound effect” if I use them for my allergies?

Q: I thought these were herbal products. Isn’t that true?

Q: I am lactose intolerant. Can I use these products?

Q: How should I read a homeopathic medicine label, such as “Arnica Montana 30C?”

Q: What conditions are treated using homeopathic medicines?

Q: Are homeopathic medicines safe?

Q: What is the evidence of efficacy for homeopathic medicines?

Q: How popular is homeopathy in the United States?

Q: Is homeopathy practiced outside of the United States?

Q: How are homeopathic medicines provided to consumers?

Q: I see homeopathic products with ingredient names that have letters and numbers. What do those letters and numbers mean?

Q: What does the “X” listed after the active ingredient stand for?

Q: What does the “C” listed after the active ingredient stand for?

Q: Sometimes I see 2 letters after the active ingredient, like “CK” or “CH”. What do they mean?

Q: What does the “K” listed after the active ingredient stand for?

Q: What does “200CK” mean?