Real Voices interview: Sarah

Meet Sarah, who uses homeopathic medicine to treat her eczema

What conditions do you take homeopathic remedies for?

I took them for eczema. They reduced my symptoms dramatically and gave far better results than anything else I tried – including conventional steroid creams, organic creams made by other complementary healthcare practitioners and Chinese medicine.

Would you take them for all your health problems?

No. Some conditions are life-threatening, like septicaemia.

What encouraged you to try them out? 

Partly because I felt that it might address the causes, not just the symptoms. My eczema started 12 years ago, during work stress. It disappeared completely while I was pregnant with each of my two children, then it got much worse after they were born. 

After talking to me, the homeopath prescribed tablets that were linked to cravings I had during pregnancy. First of all she gave me a course of sepia [a remedy prepared from cuttlefish ink]. Then she treated the eczema, with lycopodium.

There is no doubt that since the first five-day dose there was a dramatic improvement in my hands – greater than I had ever seen.

What effect do they have on you?

My skin is much less dry and feels more resilient, and I feel well and fortified in general – more than I usually do.

How do you think they work?

I don’t know because I’m not a homeopath. I do know they offered me a real solution. I think precise diagnosis of the cause is probably key: a qualified homeopath can listen and give you exactly what you need for your individual case. I also think they give you stronger tablets than the ones you can buy at the chemists.

What do you say to people who question whether they work?

You can question anything. Homeopathy is easy to undermine because of its nature. It’s worked for me, that’s all I can say.

Do you think they should be provided on the NHS?

Yes, but people expect too much of the NHS anyway. Homeopathy if the Government paid for it, great. But patients would have to be cooperative, have the right expectations and attitudes, and do what they are told. You can’t drink tea or coffee while you are having homeopathy, for example, and you can’t use menthol toothpaste.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Drug Development’ in January 2008 and reviewed and updated in August 2014.

Health, infection and disease, Medicine
Drug Development
Education levels:
16–19, Continuing professional development