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Byline: Julie McCaffrey

WHILE many don't believe it even works, more than 10 million people in the UK swear by homeopathy.

The healing benefits of alternative medicines have been known for 2,000 years and have been available on the NHS since it began in 1948.

Many celebrities and top athletes have a homeopath on speed dial and here some of them share their stories of alternative medicines:


Team GB sprinter, 26

"My health is my top priority. Training six times a week is incredibly demanding and it's more important than ever to keep my body in the best possible condition.

"Homeopathy offers me a positive and natural way to prevent sporting ailments such as exertion, muscular pain and aching joints, without affecting my performance.

"I use remedies such as Ruta grav, which helps treat sprained ligaments, Gelsemium for pre-race jitters, Arnica for bruising and Bellis perennis to treat exertion. They all offer athletes a natural alternative to traditional and sometimes harmful medicines."


Former tennis pro, 46

"I use homeopathy for myself and my family to treat everything from early signs of coughs and colds to sports injuries. I embrace it as a way of life, I visit my homeopath every few months and use a whole host of remedies.

"Homeopathy has worked wonders for me personally and I cannot deny its effectiveness.

"I have raised my three children on homeopathy, using remedies whenever they have been unwell. Taking a leaf out of their mother's book, my children have even been known to lecture the school doctor on the benefits of homeopathy over the traditional medicines."


TV botanist, 79

"I support it as it is safe and cheap. Compared to the usual drugs, it can be very effective. Many homeopathic medicines are derived from natural things like cowslip, which can be used for a number of health complaints including eczema.

"More people are using homeopathy and realising the benefits of a more natural approach to healthcare."


TV presenter, 48

"I find homeopathy incredibly useful for keeping me and my family healthy.

"I depend on it and have a kit of homeopathic medicines ready for what day-to-day life might bring.

"Homeopathy works extremely well on children.

"When my daughter was 18 months old, she had a lingering cough. I took her to see a homeopath and within days of taking the medicine prescribed, her cough cleared.

This and many other visits to the homeopath with excellent outcomes have convinced me of its effectiveness."

How does homeopathy work?

IT uses the principle that "like cures like".

Medicines are derived from substances that if taken in their natural state would cause symptoms, but when taken as a homeopathic preparation by someone experiencing the same symptoms, they will trigger the natural healing process.

This holistic approach to healthcare differs from conventional medicine, which uses drugs to suppress the symptoms that are causing distress. Where can I find a homeopath? Many conventional doctors have trained in homeopathy and use it successfully to treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions including allergies, upper respiratory tract infections, influenza, headaches, burns and scalds and travel sickness. Go to

Home essentials A good number of homeopathic medicines are available from pharmacies and health stores without a homeopathic consultation. These include:

Arnica for bruising.

Belladonna for fever.

Chamomilla for teething.

Colocynthis for colic.

Gelsemium for the flu.

Ignatia for mental stress.

Ruta grav for tendon or ligament strains.


FAN Athlete James Ellington is a keen user of homeopathy
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 14, 2012
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