Homeopathy is a form of holistic medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute illnesses like colds, ear infections, migraines, and sore throats, and chronic conditions like asthma, depression, autism, and arthritis. It is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. Homeopathic medicines are extremely safe to use under the supervision of a medically-qualified practitioner, even with very small children and pets, has none of the side effects of many traditional medications, is very affordable, is made from natural substances.
Homeopathic medicines – known as ‘remedies’ – are made from natural sources (e.g., plants, minerals), and are environmentally friendly and cruelty free. Homeopathic remedies are given in such small doses that they don’t cause side effects. Although homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, or other types of natural medicines. It is its own, unique therapeutic system.
What is Classical homeopathy?
Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states that “like cures like” or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person. It’s definitions are the following key elements:
The Law of Similars: matching the symptoms of a medicine tested on healthy humans to the individual seeking treatment.
The Minimum Dose: determining the least amount of medicine needed to effect the needed change.
Totality of Symptoms: matching the complete symptom profile of the patient to the symptom profile of the remedy.
Single Remedy: administration of one remedy at a time.
What is homeopathy’s history?
The Law of Similars has been documented since at least the time of Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), but it is Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German doctor and chemist, who is credited with founding homeopathy. Hahnemann believed the underlying causes of disease were phenomena that he termed miasms, and that homeopathic remedies addressed these. The remedies are prepared using a process of homeopathic dilution, which involves repeatedly diluting a chosen substance in alcohol or distilled water, followed by forceful striking on an elastic body. Dilution usually continues well past the point where no molecules of the original substance remain. Homeopaths select remedies by consulting reference books known as repertories, and by considering the totality of the patient’s symptoms, personal traits, physical and psychological state, and life history.
There is wider acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India and Great Britain.
Are homeopathic medicines safe?
Since homeopathic remedies are devoid of all chemical toxicity, homeopathy is the ideal system of medicine for people of all ages, even the most sensitive like an expectant mother or a newborn baby. When properly administered, the medicines are completely safe for everyone including pregnant women, newborns, children, and adults through the senior years. Many veterinarians use homeopathy in the treatment of animals. There are no known or suspected contraindications or drug interactions between homeopathic and conventional medications.