Nosodes belong to a group of remedies known as Isopathics together with Allergodes (made from allergens), Sarcodes (made from healthy secretions and cultured bacteria) and Tautodes (made from chemicals and allopathic drugs and used in the treatment of adverse reactions to such materials). They are prepared by the homeopathic potentisation of disease-state pathogenic materials that have been rendered safe for administration to human and veterinary patients.

Some traditional nosodes have classical ‘provings’ and ‘drug pictures’ and may be used as homeopathic medicines in their own right (‘like to treat like’). However, the majority are used isopathically (‘same to treat same’) and, in such situations, the Faculty recommends that they are only used under the direct supervision of appropriately qualified practitioners, working within the bounds of their professional competency.

Nosodes are sometimes offered as alternatives to conventional vaccines, in both the human and veterinary fields. The Faculty is of the opinion that there is currently insufficient evidence for it to promote this methodology. The Faculty follows the Department of Health guidelines on immunisation and recommends that immunisation be carried out in the normal way unless there are medical contra-indications.

Those patients who seek to use nosodes in place of conventional travel vaccinations and malaria prevention, should note that this method is currently unlikely to be acceptable to insurance providers. Likewise, in veterinary applications, they will currently not fulfil ‘pet passport’, equine competition or official kennel requirements.

July 2005