Is homeopathy safe?
Homeopathy is perfectly safe. This is because homeopathic medicines are made from a very small amount of the active ingredient. Two hundred years of practice, research and trials have proved the safety of this gentle system of medicine for both people and animals. Unlike some conventional drugs, homeopathic medicines are non-addictive and have no dangerous side-effects. Homeopathy is safe to use for babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women, who are under the supervision of a homeopathic doctor.
Can I use homeopathy alongside other types of treatment?
Homeopathy doesn’t interfere with conventional medicine and should be seen as a complementary treatment, not as an alternative. Homeopathy cannot replace all other forms of healthcare, but can be used as the first treatment option in a wide range of conditions. It can also be used in a complementary way in other situations, for example, to support good recovery after operations. Despite the differences in approach, homeopathic and conventional treatments can work very well together. Consulting a medical doctor trained in homeopathy allows you to receive the best of both worlds, with the most effective treatments being tailored just for you.
Is homeopathy officially regulated?
Although homeopathy is not currently subject to statutory regulation doctors and other healthcare professionals who practise homeopathy are regulated by their relevant professional body (e.g. doctors are regulated by the General Medical Council). The Faculty of Homeopathy is the only body in the UK which represents medically-qualified homeopaths and its members are bound to act within the competence of their profession and their level of training and qualification in homeopathy.
To get the best and safest results we recommend seeing a homeopath registered with one of these organisations.
Use our FindAHomeopath search tool to find a Faculty member near you.
Is homeopathy available via the NHS?
Sadly, in 2017, NHS England stopped funding homeopathic medicines in primary care in England. However, treatments are still available in England through GPs that practice homeopathy as well as conventional medicine.
Wales has generally followed NHS England’s recommendations and homeopathy is difficult to access via the NHS. Although Northern Ireland does not currently integrate homeopathy within the NHS, there are a number of GPs practicing homeopathy alongside conventional medicine.
Homeopathy on the NHS is available in Scotland on referral to the Centre for Integrated Care in Glasgow. There is also an NHS Clinic in Dundee providing services to patients in that region.
Homeopathy UK charitable clinics
Homeopathy UK funds a network of charitable clinics offering free and low-cost care by registered homeopaths. We currently have clinics in Edinburgh, Norwich, Liverpool and Winchester. For more information and to book an appointment visit our clinics pages.