Homeopathy is an established form of medicine that has been in use for over 200 years. It is gentle, yet effective, and can produce powerful and lasting results.
Homeopathy is the use of highly dilute remedies to help to heal the body and mind. These remedies are made from a huge range of natural substances – plants, minerals and animal products – prepared in a precise way. When correctly chosen, remedies can help stimulate the system to heal itself. The choice of homeopathic treatment is based on the ancient healing principle called the ‘law of similars’ or ‘like cures like’.
Homeopathic remedies are selected that not only match your exact symptoms, but relate to your physical constitution, your personality traits and the types of stresses and strains that you may have been experiencing. The choice may also take into account your medical history and the types of illnesses in your family history. Therefore, homeopathic treatment is individualised – it is specific to you and based on the precise details of your symptoms. For example, six different people coming to see a homeopath for the same skin condition may each be treated with a different remedy. Homeopathy can work well on its own or can be used alongside conventional medicine and/or surgery.
Here’s an introduction to a few of the principles that underlie homeopathic treatment:
This principle states that a substance that causes a set of symptoms when given to a healthy person can relieve the same symptoms when caused by disease.
As Newton’s third law of motion states, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The body or mind reacts as a set of old-fashioned weighing scales—when tipped one way it then swings to the other before finding its equilibrium (for example, the blood sugar crash you feel several hours after the sugar rush from eating a chocolate bar). It’s the same with our reaction to medicines. Conventional medicines have their primary action against the illness, but the secondary action of the body is in the same direction as the disease.
In homeopathy, we give a remedy that that works in the same direction as the disease, but the lasting effect is the secondary reaction that helps move the body back to health. This is because symptoms are the body’s attempts to heal itself. And homeopathy supports this action rather than blocks it. For example, with flu, the mucus in your nose and throat are the body’s attempt to flush out the virus. The raised temperature is a reaction to toxins, but also the body’s method of making the environment less suitable for the microbes. The correct homeopathic remedy is one that is capable of producing the exact same symptoms, so enabling a speedy recovery. Alternatively, with conventional medicines you can dry up excess mucus or bring a temperature down. And while this brings temporary relief, it goes against the body’s efforts to overcome the virus.
The other key homeopathic principle is that of serial dilutions. The process of repeated dilution and succussion is called potentisation, and the more a remedy is potentised, the higher the homeopathic dose. The benefit of highly diluted medicines is not only the absence of side-effects, but also the fact that they can be used safely alongside conventional medicines.