Homeopathy, the gentle art of healing
As outlined by the Society of Homeopaths, Homeopathy is a holistic medicine which uses specially prepared, highly diluted substances (given mainly in tablet form) with the aim of triggering the body’s own healing mechanisms.
Homeopathy was discovered by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, who was looking for a way to reduce the damaging side effects associated with the medical treatment of his day, which included the use of poisons.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like treats like” – that is, a substance which can cause symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat similar symptoms. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people suffering from sleeplessness and agitation. The principle of treating “like with like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years.
Homeopathy is used by over 200 million people worldwide, making it the second most popular system of healthcare, after conventional medicine. One of its benefits is that, when prescribed by a trained practitioner, it is safe for everyone to use, including pregnant women, babies and the elderly. It has no side effects, and the remedies are non-toxic and non-addictive. Homeopathy is environmentally and ethically sound.
Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional medication, and can support those living with disabilities and with chronic or life limiting illness.
A homeopath will prescribe medicines according to the patient’s specific set of symptoms, and how they experience them, taking into account their overall level of health.
A little video to explain …