Homeopathy is a holistic medicinal approach that acknowledges that mental health can have a direct impact on physical health. For example, emotional stress has been linked to decreased functioning of the immune system, leaving us prone to illness. Homeopathy is therefore well-suited to supporting the treatment of mental conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression or grief, either as an early intervention or combined with other mental health treatments such as counselling and medication.
How can homeopathy help?
Homeopathy uses specially prepared, diluted medicines – often referred to as ‘remedies’ – which are made from entirely natural plant, mineral or animal sources. One benefit of homeopathy is that, unlike antidepressants or tranquillisers, homeopathic medicines are non-addictive, have no negative side effects and can be used alongside other forms of medical treatment. The gentle nature of homeopathic treatment also makes it suitable for vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly and the pregnant.
Several observational studies have reported that some patients with mental health problems have become significantly better after homeopathic treatment and in some cases patients have been able to gradually reduce or remove the need for conventional medication. However, you should discuss any change in the conventional treatment you have already been prescribed with the prescribing doctor and your homeopath beforehand as it may be dangerous to reduce or stop this treatment suddenly.
It is recommended that you maintain your relationship with your GP or specialist throughout treatment, so that local NHS services can arrange any diagnostic procedures you may need and provide emergency cover if necessary.
The length of homeopathic treatment depends very much on what condition you have and its severity, as well as the other individual characteristics of your case. For a long-standing condition you may need a longer course of treatment. As a guideline, you can typically expect to see your homeopath once a month for the first three months. If further treatment is needed beyond this stage, follow-ups may be scheduled at longer intervals.