Points to note

The service is primarily for homeopathic treatment. If you need further support, you should contact your GP or mental health team. This is particularly the case if you (or your child) are feeling suicidal or are self-harming significantly: homeopathic treatment cannot be offered unless it is clear that any risks are manageable and you will be able to keep yourself (or your child) safe. There are certain other situations when the service may not be suitable, for example if you or your child are doing well on existing medication, or you are currently seeing another homeopath for your health needs.

Regular check-ups and investigations with your GP or consultant should continue as normal alongside homeopathic treatment. If you are currently receiving conventional medication, this should not be altered without first discussing the matter with the person prescribing it. It is your decision whether or not to tell your GP or consultant you have decided to try homeopathic treatment.

No diagnosis is made during homeopathic treatment as treatment is aimed at the person rather than any particular symptom or condition.

Regarding drug interactions, it is helpful to distinguish homeopathy from herbalism. With the latter there is a real possibility for adverse interaction between conventional and herbal medication. This is not considered an issue with homeopathy as the remedies are taken in a diluted form. Further information about homeopathy and drug interaction can be found here: this takes you to a summary page with a link at the bottom (“UKMIQAHomeopathyquestions”) which in turn takes you to an NHS document entitled “Considerations when addressing questions about potential for adverse effects and drug interactions with homeopathic remedies”.

Like many alternative and complementary therapies, homeopathy does not have an extensive body of scientific evidence to demonstrate its ability to treat specific mental or physical health problems. As with all therapies (conventional and unconventional), there is no guarantee that treatment will be successful.

Confidentiality is guaranteed except under exceptional circumstances, for example, when there are significant concerns around the safety or well-being of children or adults.

Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at every session.

A charge of £20 will be requested for missed appointments when no prior contact has been made. A person will not be able to continue with their treatment until this has been paid.

Finally, while homeopathy is usually seen as an “alternative” system of medicine, it is hoped the service itself will complement what is offered by other more mainstream services. Inevitably there are times when these services struggle to help people – for example when medication or other interventions are deemed inappropriate or have not helped sufficiently, when a person’s diagnosis is inherently difficult to treat, or when a person would rather not use medication – and it is in these situations where homeopathy may prove to be helpful.