Can Homeopathic and
Conventional Medicines Be Used Together?
This is one of the most common questions
we are asked by adults or parents of children who have been diagnosed
with ADD. This is ultimately a decision between the patient and
the prescribing physician. A general guideline is to assess whether
the prescription medication is effective. In cases where the patient
sees no improvement from the medication that has already been
prescribed, the prescribing physician and patient generally agree
to stop the medication and to try homeopathy instead.
In other cases, the medication is
working but the side effects are disturbing. With still other
patients, the prescription medication is having a positive effect,
but the patient or parents do not like the idea of staying on
medication and seek a more natural alternative. In these situations,
the patient or parents may inform the prescribing physician that
they wish to discontinue the medication long enough to try an
Another category of patients feels
that their symptoms of ADD are so severe that they dare not discontinue
their medications until they have found another therapy that is
effective. In such a case, many homeopaths will prescribe the
homeopathic medication in addition to the prescription drugs the person is
already taking. As the homeopathic medicine works and the patient
improves, the patient can work with his physician to taper off
the prescription medication. This process requires knowledge and
experience and is another compelling reason to seek an experienced
What If My Doctor
Does Not Believe in Homeopathy?
From the time that homeopathic medicine
was first brought to this country in the early 1800s, there have
been many skeptics among medical doctors. Homeopathic philosophy
is very different from what is taught in conventional medical
schools. When homeopathy is mentioned in a medical history class,
it is generally dismissed as an aberration of the past.
With the growing interest in homeopathic
medicine and with the disillusionment about the side effects and
short-term benefits of much of modern medical treatment, a growing
number of conventional doctors are opening their minds to homeopathy.
Some medical doctors are incorporating homeopathy into their conventional
practices or referring to other homeopathic practitioners. In
our practice, we receive many referrals from medical doctors and
osteopaths. Many conventionally trained physicians and other licensed
healthcare practitioners have studied homeopathy in the courses
that we teach through the International Foundation for Homeopathy.
Many physicians, although they may know nothing about homeopathy,
encourage their patients, especially children, to use any therapies
that are of real benefit to that person rather than, or in combination
with, conventional medicines.
If your physician or your child's
physician is adamantly opposed to you trying homeopathy and it
is your choice to do so, you can try to educate him or her about
homeopathic treatment of ADD or you can find a physician who is
more supportive of your freedom of choice. Homeopathic practitioners
are generally happy to educate conventional physicians about homeopathic
philosophy and treatment. Even a skeptical person may be convinced
of the possible benefits of homeopathy if he or she reads case
studies, attends a homeopathic case conference, or sees the results
of successful homeopathic treatment.