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Here are a list of the frequently asked questions that are covered on this page.

1. How does homeopathy work?

2. Who comes to see a homeopath?

3. Can I speak to you before making an appointment?

4. What types of conditions can homeopathy treat

5. Can homeopathy treat behavioural problems in children?

6. Is homeopathy safe in pregnancy?

7. Can homeopathy treat psychological issues such as depression and anxiety?

8. What is the difference between a homeopath and a naturopath?

9. Are there any risks when using homeopathic medicine?

10. Are there any problems using homeopathic medicine when currently using orthodox medicine?

11. Can I treat myself homeopathically?

12. How can my personality affect the medicine I need for my illness?

13. Can homeopathy heal all illnesses?

14. Can I use homeopathy to vaccinate my child?


1. How does homeopathy work?

Homeopathic medicines are prepared in a very unique manner whereby the effect of the medicine aims to help stimulate your own body's recuperative powers for recovery. The effect can be linked to that of Chinese medicine's use of acupuncture, where the use of needles helps stimulate your body in a very specific way to begin the healing process.

Homeopathic medicine are prescribed according to the principles of similars, i.e. what a substance can cause in healthy people, can be used to help treat similar symptoms in a sick person.So each substance is tested on healthy people to provide the indication for its use in practice. For example, we have the experienced the effect of cutting onions, with the running stinging eyes, running nose etc. Similarly, the homeopathic preparation of onion can be used for certain types of colds that have such a presentation. Another example with coffee, we use to stimulate the mind and keep ourselves awake. Likewise, certain types of insomnia could be treated with the use of homeopathically prepared coffee.


We have thousands of medicines to choose from, all having their unique set of symptoms that provide the indication for its use in treating sick people.

Another unique feature for homeopathy is that of using a single medicine to treat the whole person. When we consider the idea of the principle of similars, the effect of a substance  on a healthy person will be seen on a number of body parts as well as the mind becoming affected as well. All this detail creates an individual symptom picture to aid the prescriber in choosing the most similar medicine for the patient at hand.

2. Who comes to see a homeopath?

Anybody can come to see a homeopath and that includes you. You do not have to be referred by your doctor or specialist to see me. Some patients come having previously seen other therapists for their condition and so have already a diagnosis for their health problem, others haven't. If necessary , I will refer you to a GP for any tests or follow up procedures to help in the management of your condition.

Most patients come presenting with a chronic health complaint. This may be a physically ailment or a mental / emotional one.

Please refer to my pages linked to what can homeopathy do for you"What can homeopathy treat" to see some of the different areas that a homeopath can treat. At times acute conditions arise and these can be managed using homeopathy. 

By its very unique nature, homeopathy is excellent in managing your health whether you are an infant through old age, homeopathic medicine can offer support in maintaining your well - being. 

Consider if you might be one of these types of people who might want to see how I can help you: 

  • If you have been to other practitioners with little or no success.

  • If you want to avoid / minimise the use / need of orthodox medicine.

  • You want treatment without the side - effects inherent in orthodox medicine.

  • You want safer alternative to treating and managing your health.

  • You don't like taking many different medications for all the various conditions that you might suffer.

  • You like the idea that these medicines can have an effect on your mental and emotional well - being minimising the need for other therapies.

If in doubt, Contact  me to see if I can help you with anything specific.

3. "Can I speak to you before making an appointment"?

Certainly. I think you are entitled to ask a few questions before consulting a homeopaths who will ask you all sorts of questions about your problem and your life. You are welcome to phone me on my land line for a short conversation. Obviously it will not be viable for me to listen to the entire story of your illness on the phone but I will be more than happy to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed here. My telephone number is: +353 091 87 1455. If I’m consulting at the time, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you. Alternatively feel free to email me.

4. What types of conditions can homeopathy treat?

Homeopathy came about as an alternative to the use of orthodox medicine , which it is complimentary to it. it was founded by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (10 April 1755 – 2 July 1843). With those foundations I have build my practice orientated around family health care and so the scope of my practice is that of a family health care centre, with the emphasis of women's and children's health. Most often patients present with chronic health complains, however, acute conditions do arise especially when managing children, so homeopathy is excellent in helping minimising the need for antibiotics.

Please see some of the conditions that I address on the web page: What can homeopathy do for you, here on my website. what can homeopathy do for you

5. Can homeopathy treat behavioural problems in Children?

Yes, homeopathy is excellent in strengthening and managing children's health, especially mental and emotional well - being. i have many years experience treating children and get excellent results. Not only does their mental and emotional well - being improve, but  also any physically ailments that they might have improve as well. We have many medicines that could be used to help in younger children with some of the following: tantrums, obstinacy, anger outbursts, separation difficulties, fears and worries, nightmares, sleeping difficulties and ADD, ADHD. In older children with conditions such as, low self esteem, poor concentration, stress from peer pressure or bullying, fears of failure at school, anxiety , obsessive tendencies, depression.

See my web page: Homeopathic treatment of children.children's homeopathic clinic

6. Is homeopathy safe in pregnancy?

Yes, I have helped many women during their pregnancy using homeopathy. Again, there is great scope to help on a physical level with the different conditions that might arise , as well as supporting the various emotional symptoms that come to the surface.

I often find women come to have homeopath to help with their health before becoming pregnant, and continue with the homeopathic support during their pregnancy. As an alternative to using medications during labour, I offer pregnant women homeopathic medicines to use that helps with minimising the pains and difficulties that might occur.

Homeopathic medicines can be given post delivery to assist with speeding up recovery , especially if there were any complications, or if a caesaren section was needed.

I have also treated many infants as necessary if they do have any health conditions. The homeopathic medicines are a milder and safer option that can be tried before to resort to any antibiotics or other drugs accordingly. 

 See my web page : Homeopathic treatment of pregnancy and also the page Homeopathic treatment of women's health conditions. homeopathic medicine for pregnancy and childbirth,women's health and well - being        

7. Can homeopathy treat psychological issues such as depression and anxiety?

Yes, homeopathy is excellent in the support and management of depression and anxiety. in a general case assessment, apart from how you feel physically, a complete understanding of how you are mentally and emotionally is covered. In some cases there are very strong mental and emotional symptoms that might include depression, fears, anxieties etc. All these symptoms are addressed in my homeopathic prescription and a treatment strategy is established to help in reducing their intensity and recurrence.

With the support of some councelling or mentoring techniques and in conjunction with the homeopathic medicine, i have great success in helping and control such conditions. 

Again, we have many medicines that help in the treatment of depression and anxiety. Not only do you feel better with - in yourself, but also other side benefits include any physically ailments you might have been suffering with, also get better. 

 See my web page: Mental and emotional well - being.mental and emotional health

8. What is the difference between a homeopath and a naturopath? 

Both have a holistic and natural approach to treatment of health, however, each approaches the same problem in different ways.

For example, if a person was presenting with headaches, PMT, irregular menstrual cycle, constipation, mood swings and depression, a naturopath may manage the case using diet, a variety of supplements, maybe one or two herbal preparations and `Bach flower essences. 

As a homeopath, I would prescribe a single medicine that addresses all the above complaints. Since our approach follows the principle of similars, I'm matching the collection of symptoms found to be produced by that medicine to be similar to that seen in my patient, one medicine for the whole case. 

I find my patients prefer this simpler approach both from a cost perspective as well as a compliance one, as it is easier to take a single homeopathic medicine for short periods than having to take multiple items continuously. 

9. Are there any risk when using homeopathic medicine? 

Generally there are no risk using homeopathy, if prescribed by an experienced and trained homeopath. In occasional cases, one might react with their symptoms intensifying slightly for a short period. This then subsides with improvement following. Most patients just start to feel better within themselves as their symptoms start to improve.

10. Are there any problems using homeopathic medicines when currently using orthodox medicine? 

No, there are no problems using homeopathic medicine in conjunction with orthodox medication. Patients come wanting to find an alternative to having to resort to using antibiotics and other medications in their acute and chronic complaints. the use of homeopathy is excellent in minimising this need.

Helping the acute condition with homeopathy can resolve the condition in most cases without having to resort to orthodox drugs. In some cases however, because of the nature of the complaint or the timing of homeopathic use, the condition goes beyond the scope of homeopathic medicine and orthodox medicine is used to help support the healing process. Especially if there is a tendency for recurrent acute conditions, the use of homeopathy can help with this underlying susceptibility in the long term stop this recurrence.


In chronic conditions where there is a need for orthodox medication, again depending on the condition, homeopathy helps strengthen the individual's constitution so that the reliance of such medication becomes less. Since I'm supporting the whole person, they feel better within themselves and so are able to cope with life;s difficulties or stressors more effectively. As one feels stronger and more resilient to those challenges, there becomes less a need for the degree of medication previously prescribed. 


In conjunction with your GP, the use of your orthodox medicine can be tailored to your level of well being. As you continue to improve, a management strategy can be established that incorporates both the use of homeopathic medicines and orthodox medication, with the aim of minimising the orthodox medicine as your health gets better. 

11. Can I treat myself homeopathically?

Yes and no. For little injuries, colds and other minor illnesses such as teething problems, the amateur homeopath can sometimes get results. For most illnesses  however, it’s much preferable that you visit a qualified homeopath.

Because a homeopath needs to understand you and your illness in great detail. S/he must understand, not only all the details of your symptoms, but much about you as a human being and how you react to being ill. For example some people like to be left alone when  they are ill and others really need  tender loving care and sympathy. This actually affects the prescription of the homeopathic remedy.

12. How can my personality affect the medicine I need for my illness?

Because homeopathy aims to support you and not your illness. It aims to stimulate your whole mind/body and its intricate connections to fix the ‘dis-ease’ within. So actually you heal yourself but the homeopathic remedy was the thing that got you started! Otherwise your body may have just stayed in a rut where it could heal itself but for some reason was not doing so. Homeopathy thus ensures that the body does its level best to get better.

13. Can homeopathy heal all illnesses?

No, it cannot. Some problems are very difficult to cure with any form of medicine. When you first visit a homeopath she / he should be honest with you about what homeopathy can or cannot do in your case. Even when homeopathy cannot cure it can often alleviate conditions. This is because it stimulates the body to do the best it can.

14. Can I use homeopathy to vaccinate my child?

No, this isn’t viable. Some homeopaths have used ‘vaccinations’ in homeopathic dilutions. There is no proof that these offer protection against infectious illnesses and therefore they are dangerous because they give parents a false sense of security about their children’s health.



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