Homeopathic Awareness Week starts today, this year it coincides with the 175th Anniversary of the Faculty of Homeopathy set up by Dr Frederick Hervey Foster Quin in 1844, a year after Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician, who founded Homeopathy died. The 10th April was Hahnemann’s birthday.

On the same day across the pond the American Institute of Homeopathy was set up, they were completely independent of each other.

So what is Homeopathy?

“It is a system of therapeutics….in which disease is treated by drugs which are capable of producing, in health, symptoms of disease in the patient. These drugs are administered, as homeopathic remedies, in small doses.” Or ‘Like cures like’ [Definition from Dorland’s dictionary cited by Foubister (1989)]


The idea of homeopathy and most complementary therapies is to stimulate the body to heal itself. Homeopathy is very safe to use, it is non-addictive and has no side effects. It is especially good to use on babies, children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and the elderly. The whole person is focused on not just the symptom, although for acute problems then just the symptoms may be prescribed on.

There are about 5000 remedies available to homeopaths and new ones are being ‘proven’ added on a regular basis, our main remedies come from plants, animals and minerals.

During a homeopathic consultation the homeopath will ask lots of questions and will listen to you and record your answers to many questions to build up a picture of who you are and how you function. You may be asked about your likes and dislikes, your fears, how things affect you. The more complete the picture the better the match to the remedy – the Similimum.

Why don’t some scientists like it?

Put simply it is because they can not ‘definitively’ prove how it works. But work it does – many people use arnica as a cream or tablet to help with bruising, as it helps heal quicker than without!

There are plenty of peer reviewed studies out there that prove that it does work. There is a peer reviewed journal called Homeopathy.

In clinics and everyday life, I have observed that homeopathy works, people get better when taking the remedies and it’s not just a placebo effect. Please remember that babies and animals don’t have this bias when you use the remedies.

Still don’t think it works? Here’s a case I have worked with –

A young male in his early 20s had suffered from mouth ulcers for many years, he would have 5 or 6 at a time, conventional medicine had not been able to help, he had been given steroids and other medications and was currently needing to use Anbesol every 20 minutes to control the pain so he could speak and sing.

The ulcers were on his tongue, gums, cheeks and inside of his lips. They would last for a few days to weeks. He was also having headaches and feeling fatigued. He had a sense of disconnection and anxiety about the future.

A prescription of Technetium Met helped first reduced the mouth ulcers then cleared them. The remedy also helped him cope at a particularly stressful time, where normally he would be run down he remained well. His headaches also went. He no longer felt disconnected or anxious.

Technetium (Tc) is the lightest element whose isotopes are all radioactive and is used in nuclear medicine for a wide variety of diagnostic tests. It was the first element to be produced artificially as it is too unstable alone. It likes to be connected with other elements to be stable.

One of the side effects of too much radiation can be mouth ulcers and this is one of the reasons I prescribed Technetium in potency (like cures like).

If you would like to try homeopathy, then I run the British Homeopathic Association clinic in Edinburgh at Mulberry House on 3 Fridays a month please contact them to book an appointment.