There are many conditions for which I have found homeopathy to be effective. Firstly, I use homeopathy to treat those common acute conditions that GPs encounter on an almost daily basis. Most patients presenting with coughs, colds and stomach upsets require no conventional treatment as their symptoms will improve over a short period of time.

There are, however, a multitude of symptomatic treatments available to suppress symptoms, both on prescription and over-the-counter. Most symptoms experienced by patients in this context result from the body’s attempt to eliminate the infection. Our immune systems have spent thousands of years refining this response; therefore it seems counter-intuitive to suppress it.

For these types of acute conditions homeopathy can work with the body to support it. For instance, homeopathic Arsenicum album (arsenic) is a classic remedy for diarrhoea and vomiting that can be taken alongside essential oral rehydration. And in influenza I’ve found Eupatorium perfoliatum (ague or feverwort) to be very helpful if the patient is suffering with bony pain.

Maternity care
I also regularly use homeopathy for a range of pre- and post-natal conditions. I’m finding there are growing numbers of expectant and new mothers preferring to avoid conventional medicines where possible. Unless it is clinically imperative for a pharmacological intervention, I will always consider homeopathy first and have successfully prescribed the homeopathic remedy Nux vomica (strychnine) for women suffering from morning sickness. Problems associated with breastfeeding such as mastitis have also responded well to the classic remedies Belladonna (deadly nightshade) and Phytolacca (pokeweed), while I have found Urtica urens (dog nettle) effective in switching off the milk supply to prevent engorgement when the mother stops breastfeeding.