Considerations when addressing questions about potential for adverse effects and drug interactions with homeopathic remedies

· Welsh Medicines Information Centre

  • The principles on which homeopathy is based are very different to conventional medical beliefs. Two theories central to homeopathy are like cures like and the more dilute a preparation is the more potent it is.
  • Homeopathic remedies that have been registered under the Simplified Scheme (1992) or the National Rules for Homeopathic Products Regulations (2006) have met specific quality and safety standards.
  • It would not be anticipated that there would be any interaction between homeopathic remedies and conventional medicines based on conventional beliefs. However the strength of the homeopathic remedy should be taken into consideration.
  • Adverse effects of homeopathic remedies have been reported including allergic reactions and ingestion of toxic substances.
  • Although the risk of homeopathic remedies causing an adverse effect appears to be low, undiagnosed illness or self administration of inappropriate medication could cause harm to an individual due to failure to seek timely professional healthcare advice.
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