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Coronavirus – advice from the UK homeopathic Community
In the wake of the Coronavirus disease, COVID-19 outbreak, the Faculty of Homeopathy has worked with the 4Homeopathy group of UK homeopathic organisations to produce the following guidelines :
All advice from the chief medical officer is based around hygiene and prevention. We cannot stress strongly enough that these measures are of the utmost importance and everyone should be advised to follow them. They are vital both for our own health, and also for those with whom we come into contact.
This advice includes:-
Frequent hand washing – with warm soapy water or high alcohol based hand sanitisers. It is particularly important to wash hands after travelling and after blowing your nose. Practitioners should always wash their hands before and after contact with patients. Avoid anti-bacterial washes without high alcohol content as they do not eradicate viruses. Look for hand sanitisers containing 65-95% alcohol. For further information on effective hand washing go to https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
Considerate Cough Hygiene – it is important to catch coughs and sneezes in a clean tissue where possible. This greatly reduces the spread of droplets and any infective organisms. Tissues should be disposed of thoughtfully so that others do not come into contact with them. Avoid touching other people or objects until you are able to wash or sanitise your hands again.
Avoid touching your face – this is especially important when you are out and haven’t recently washed your hands. Viruses can survive on objects or our own hands and can enter our systems through the mouth, nose and eyes. Avoid touching or rubbing your face with unclean hands.
Avoid contact with large numbers of people – and refrain from close physical contact with associates and colleagues such as handshakes or hugs.
Isolation – if you are concerned you may have contracted the virus, do not go directly to your GP or other medical service. Instead, phone 111 for guidance and maintain self-isolation until you are advised otherwise.
Coronavirus disease, COVID-19 can cause colds, influenza-like symptoms and pneumonia. It appears to have the most severe effect on the elderly and people with existing medical conditions – particularly those with respiratory problems.
There are no scientific trials available for homeopathic, or any other, treatment of Coronavirus disease– COVID 19.
How can I increase my immunity?
Eating healthily, including at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
Staying well hydrated.
Regular, moderate exercise.
Getting enough sleep.
Additional measures for which there is some evidence for reducing the length and/or severity of upper respiratory tract infections include: regular supplements of probiotics, vitamins C and D and Zinc.
Can homeopathy help?
Homeopathic medicines have been used extensively for flu-like symptoms and in epidemics around the world. If you decide to take a homeopathic medicine, this should be in addition to the various measures outlined above and should not be your only approach. Selection of the most appropriate homeopathic medicine is based on an individual’s unique symptoms. However, Gelsemium 30c and Bryonia 30c are commonly used for flu-like symptoms and have a long-established, traditional usage over many years.
Homeopathic options can form one part of your approach to the current Covid-19 outbreak but should always be used alongside other measures. If you have current symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to coronavirus, it is important to call 111 to seek appropriate advice, in keeping with current guidelines.
Faculty statement on expansion of membership eligibility criteria
London, United Kingdom, 17th December 2018
The Faculty of Homeopathy was founded in 1844. In 1950 it was incorporated by Act of UK Parliament. Now in 2018, the Faculty is extending its global influence by offering a range of exciting new membership options.
The Faculty of Homeopathy is the preeminent global association for healthcare professionals who are trained to use homeopathy alongside conventional medicine. To date the majority of the Faculty’s members have been doctors practicing in the United Kingdom or European Union plus international members from India, Japan and Australasia. Today the Faculty moves to embrace further its international mission as it moves into its 175th Anniversary celebrations in 2019.
The Faculty is now pleased to be able to accept membership applications from medical, nursing, pharmacy, veterinary and other medical professionals eligible for statutory registration in their own jurisdictions, who have completed a course of homeopathic study. This makes the Faculty a supportive home for BHMS / DHMS colleagues plus those practicing in fields such as naturopathy, functional medicine, environmental medicine, integrated medicine and the range of complementary therapies.
Faculty Membership Convener Dr Patricia Ridsdale said: “There are many parts of the world where homeopathy is embedded and growing. Supporting healthcare professionals globally is the key reason the Faculty has moved to adjust its joining criteria and developed a waiting list of potential members. The Faculty’s international standing is both a benefit and a leadership responsibility. We are looking to unite and support our colleagues.”
Faculty Chief Executive Greg White commented: “The tributes I have received from our international friends in recent weeks, following the tragic passing of Faculty President Dr Peter Fisher, speaks volumes about the high standing he was held in across the spectrum of complementary medicine. We all know Peter was nothing if not a staunch internationalist and therefore it is at the international level we must look to shape his legacy and the Faculty’s future.
He added: ‘Peter was active in debate about membership eligibility throughout his time in office. He was a staunch supporter of growing our membership by the inclusion of healthcare and veterinary professionals eligible for statutory registration in the jurisdictions / legislatures of their practice, who have completed a course of homeopathic study. Growing our worldwide community is essential if homeopathy is to continue to thrive.’”
Founded in 1844 and incorporated by Parliament in 1950 the Faculty of Homeopathy supports medical professionals with their homeopathic practice. We are the only homeopathic organisation to be recognised by professional bodies such as the General Medical Council (GMC) and we have nine accredited teaching centres, including four overseas. This stamp of approval provides the general public with the guarantee that our members are fully qualified, medical professionals.
Faculty membership and courses are open to healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, and dentists and vets. Courses are mainly part time and can be done flexibly at your own pace.
In addition to training, conferences and practical support membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy also includes:
• CPD opportunities
• Regular seminars and conferences
• Support and guidance to undertake research
• Patient information leaflets for your practice
• Membership to the European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH)
• Access to peer-reviewed journal ‘Homeopathy’ (PubMed), Impact Factor = 1.524 (1.16 2016)