What is Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicine recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person. Therefore, it is the patient who requires treatment, not the disease. Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of medicine that assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself.

A brief history of Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that was introduced and developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann at the end of the 18th century. The principle of similars like cures like and the law of the minimum dose are the basis of the medical system called homeopathy. Hahnemann was interested in the effect of different substances of materials of animal, vegetable and mineral origin or even diseased tissue. It was while he was experimenting on himself with an extract of quinine from Peruvian cinchona bark (which was the common treatment for malaria) that he was surprised to observe that the substance produced in himself the same symptoms as it was used to cure. That is to say, a substance that is capable of provoking certain symptoms in an otherwise healthy body, can also act curatively on similar symptoms in a sick person. To illustrate, common chamomile, if taken in large quantities, will produce a state of nervousness and over-sensitivity to pain. Therapeutically, a teething child who is suffering would be relieved from pain by chamomile in homeopathic form (the law of the minimum dose). Therefore, by matching the symptoms manifested by the patient with the appropriate homeopathic remedy, the body is able to restore its natural vitality. This is the law of similars. A homeopathic view would be that the child is in a chamomilla state – this prescribes on manifestations presented by the individual as opposed to a generic remedy for all teething children.

The Greek physician Hippoctrates became known as the “Father of Medicine” for his work in moving healing away from mysticism and religion. He established key principles, among them the theory of “like cures like” which is the basis of homeopathic medicine.

Homeopathy may help with:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Improve circulation
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Bowel Issues
  • Sore Throats
  • Acute Infection
  • Injury & Trauma
  • Compromised Immunity
  • A general feeling of unwellness

Is homeopathy safe?

Homeopathic remedies are completely safe with no unwanted side effects and they are non-addictive. Homeopathy is a true holistic modality and is safe for the elderly, babies, children, and during pregnancy. It is excellent in first aid situations. It can reduce the duration and severity of acute and chronic illness. Homeopathy can safely be used together with conventional drugs. There is no risk of homeopathic remedies interfering with, or disrupting the effects of prescription drugs.

Good health derives from a balance between the mind and body, which is maintained by a “vital force” that regulates the body’s self healing capabilities. The great advantage of having a naturopathic doctor prescribe a homeopathic remedy is that it stimulates the body to heal itself without suppressing symptoms. Just as the treatment with other natural medicine is unique to the individual, the progress of a case will depend on the person’s individual vitality.

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