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If I am on the conventional treatment, can I still start with homeopathy?

29 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

In 2011, the swiss government's report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a government and was published in book form (bornhoft and matthiessen, 2011).
This report affirmed that homeopathic treatment is both effective and cost-effective and that homeopathic treatment should be reimbursed by swiss national health insurance.

In brief: Yes

In 2011, the swiss government's report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a government and was published in book form (bornhoft and matthiessen, 2011).
This report affirmed that homeopathic treatment is both effective and cost-effective and that homeopathic treatment should be reimbursed by swiss national health insurance.
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
In some patients, the best treatment would be a combination of both traditional and alternative medicine. Some do well with one or the other. I would not exclude one type of treatment as each patient is different.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: ?????

Generally homepathic remedies are unstudied either to efficacy or safety.
They are weak dilutions of materia given in order to trigger the body's natural mechanisms to deal with what ever the condition is.The problem is that most do not work and we assume safety without data, because they are often natural products. But then, so is poison ivy.--beware.

In brief: ?????

Generally homepathic remedies are unstudied either to efficacy or safety.
They are weak dilutions of materia given in order to trigger the body's natural mechanisms to deal with what ever the condition is.The problem is that most do not work and we assume safety without data, because they are often natural products. But then, so is poison ivy.--beware.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Randy Baker
There is actually a large body of science including many double-blind placebo-controlled studies proving the efficacy and safety of homeopathy. Please see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-case-for-homeopathic_b_451187.html and http://www.naturalnews.com/034097_homeopathy_myths.html for more information about this.
Dr. Ron Eaker
Most of these are general reviews. The key question is does homeopathy work for specific diseases, and the answer is that the vast preponderance of empirical data says no.
Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

In some patients, the best treatment would be a combination of both traditional and alternative medicine.
Some do well with one or the other. I would not exclude one type of treatment as each patient is different.

In brief: Yes

In some patients, the best treatment would be a combination of both traditional and alternative medicine.
Some do well with one or the other. I would not exclude one type of treatment as each patient is different.
Dr. CESAR HOLGADO
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: YES

Homeopathy can be very helpful even for those on conventional treatments.
Homeopathy will never interfere with conventional treatment, but certain drugs may interfere with homeopathy, especially steroids, limiting its effectiveness. But there is no harm in trying homeopathy, and sometimes patients respond surprisingly well even when they are on conventional treatments.

In brief: YES

Homeopathy can be very helpful even for those on conventional treatments.
Homeopathy will never interfere with conventional treatment, but certain drugs may interfere with homeopathy, especially steroids, limiting its effectiveness. But there is no harm in trying homeopathy, and sometimes patients respond surprisingly well even when they are on conventional treatments.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: In most cases

If you find comfort in using complimentary medicines/therapies while on traditional rx, i see no harm, as long as you freely communicate that fact to your source of care.
Anything strong enough to do good is strong enough to have side effects or complications which could harm you.

In brief: In most cases

If you find comfort in using complimentary medicines/therapies while on traditional rx, i see no harm, as long as you freely communicate that fact to your source of care.
Anything strong enough to do good is strong enough to have side effects or complications which could harm you.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes you can

Yes, a good homeopath can still investigate your case while you are taking conventional treatment.
A couple of conventional medications (antibiotics and steroids) can interfere with the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies, though. Alternatively, homeopathic remedies do not interfere with conventional drugs -- unlike some herbs and supplements which can cause metabolic interactions with these.

In brief: Yes you can

Yes, a good homeopath can still investigate your case while you are taking conventional treatment.
A couple of conventional medications (antibiotics and steroids) can interfere with the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies, though. Alternatively, homeopathic remedies do not interfere with conventional drugs -- unlike some herbs and supplements which can cause metabolic interactions with these.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I have extensively studied homeopathy in germany and i came to the conclusion that this is very close to placebo.
Therefore there are no drug-drug interactions. Do not worry.

In brief: Yes

I have extensively studied homeopathy in germany and i came to the conclusion that this is very close to placebo.
Therefore there are no drug-drug interactions. Do not worry.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

With chronic illness, homeopathic treatment can begin with the patient continuing their allopathic medicines.
As patient improves, drugs may be weaned with close supervision.

In brief: Yes

With chronic illness, homeopathic treatment can begin with the patient continuing their allopathic medicines.
As patient improves, drugs may be weaned with close supervision.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

This can be a complicated answer assuming you want optimal response to your homeopathic treatment, it depends on your current symptoms, overall vitality, specific class of allipathic drugs and length of diagnosis.
Then it must be clear to your practitioner, on what level ( size of totality) your homeopath prescribes on. Good luck. Dr erskine.

In brief: Depends

This can be a complicated answer assuming you want optimal response to your homeopathic treatment, it depends on your current symptoms, overall vitality, specific class of allipathic drugs and length of diagnosis.
Then it must be clear to your practitioner, on what level ( size of totality) your homeopath prescribes on. Good luck. Dr erskine.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Homeopathy has been well studied and is used extensively in europe.
Some conventional drugs will interfere with the effectiveness of homeopathic treatments. Nsaid's and strong flavors, like mint will interfere.

In brief: Depends

Homeopathy has been well studied and is used extensively in europe.
Some conventional drugs will interfere with the effectiveness of homeopathic treatments. Nsaid's and strong flavors, like mint will interfere.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sort of

Homeopathy uses active agents diluted to the point at which they have no effect whatsoever. You are paying for pills, ointments and solutions containing vehicle only and no discernable active agent.
For instance 30x (on the label) means one molecule of active agent per ocean of water. So you can use hemoeopathic remedies without regard to conventional treatment your md can advise.

In brief: Sort of

Homeopathy uses active agents diluted to the point at which they have no effect whatsoever. You are paying for pills, ointments and solutions containing vehicle only and no discernable active agent.
For instance 30x (on the label) means one molecule of active agent per ocean of water. So you can use hemoeopathic remedies without regard to conventional treatment your md can advise.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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2 comments
Dr. Randy Baker
30x is NOT equivalent to one molecule per ocean of water. Many homeopathic medicines are given at much lower dilutions such as 6X which is 1 part per million; many substances are known to have significant biological activity at such concentrations. But even more dilute homeopathic medicines have proven benefits. A large body of controlled studies in peer-reviewed journals prove homeopathy works!
Dr. Randy Baker
Please see http://www.naturalnews.com/034097_homeopathy_myths.html for a discussion of the common disinformation myths about homeopathy and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-case-for-homeopathic_b_451187.html fpr a summary of the large body of scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of homeopathy. As a medical doctor I have seen homeopathy work time and time again.
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