Homeopathy promotes the body’s natural ability to heal. It is safe, effective and treats each person as an individual.
Homeopathy was developed over 200 years ago and is estimated to be used by over 500 million people worldwide. It helps to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is the second largest system of medicine in the world today.*
Homeopathic remedies work on the priciple of 'like cures like'. If a substance has the potential to harm us, the same substance in a highly diluted form (homeopathically prepared), has the potential to stimulate our body to heal similar symptoms. For example, chopping onions can cause our eyes and nose to stream. The homeopathic remedy made from onions is Allium Cepa (latin for onion). This remedy may then be one of the remedies considered for colds or hayfever, where one of the main symptoms is streaming eyes and/or nose.
Along with considering the physical symptoms, for example the streaming eyes, a homeopath will review the mental and emotional symptoms of a patient. These might include the behaviour of the patient and if this has changed during the illness. An example of this is a person who is usually independant becomes clingy and has a greater need of attention.
* as recognised by the World Health Organisation.
At some point in our lives, most of us have experienced stress, a mental and emotional response, that in turn has affected our physical health. In homeopathy, the mind (mental and emotional) and body (physical) are consider one. This means it is a holisitc therapy, treating the whole individual.
To prescribe a homeopathic remedy, the homeopath will review all the patient's symptoms and select the remedy or remedies that most closely fits the patient's symptom picture. A homeopath will therefore not focus on a disease, but rather the symptoms experienced by that individual. This means that four people diagnosed with the same disease may be given different remedies based on their individual symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from many different substances, mainly plant and mineral, and they are processed in a very specific way. A small amount of the substance is extracted or ground down, diluted and then succussed. Succusion is a vibrational action, where the remedy is shaken vigorously. The more times the dilution and succusion is repeated, the higher the potency of the remedy.