What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a highly effective system of holistic medicine that assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself.
The use of homeopathic medicines is based on the discovery that natural substances are capable of curing the same symptoms as they can cause when given in minute doses. The name “homeopathy”, which comes from the Greek homoion + pathos, means similar suffering, which expresses the basic principle of homeopathy- the Law of Similars, or like cures like.
Homeopathy is effective because it is tailored to each individual and their individual case of disease. By treating the root cause of disease, and by treating each patient individually, homeopathy works to promote recovery of health from a vast majority of acute and chronic problems, and works to reduce a patient’s susceptibility to the recurrence of symptoms.
Each person will express their illnesses with a unique pattern and with unique symptoms to them. This is because people tend to get sick in a way that corresponds to the heredity, environmental factors, stresses and weaknesses that are unique to them. Homeopathy recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person, and that the symptoms are the pattern our body is expressing in order to communicate the needed cure.
Homeopathic remedies come from natural sources in the plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms. They are safe, do not cause side effects and are not addictive. They can be used safely alongside other types of conventional medication. Homeopathic remedies are extremely individualized based on the choice of remedy for each individual in each case of illness, including the potency and dose, and must be chosen by an accredited homeopathic physician, as well as not shared with people who you think may have the same condition. In pellet form, the remedy consists of lactose (milk sugar) and sucrose, with the remedy saturated onto the pellets. The pellets are used as a carrier substance because they are inert and do not interfere with the remedy or other medications.
Homeopathic patients continue to take all physician-prescribed medication during treatment and must remain in ongoing contact with their physician, who can assist them in making any decisions regarding their medications.
Benefits of Homeopathic treatment
• Safe and gentle; for infants, elderly, and during pregnancy
• No side effects, non-addictive and highly effective
• Can be used safely with conventional medicine/prescription meds
• The remedies are all made from natural substances
• Revitalizes the body’s natural healing power and immune system
• Reduces susceptibility and strengthens your body’s defense against future illness
History of Homeopathic Medicine
The principles of homeopathy have been part of medicine for many centuries.
In ancient Greece, Hippocrates “the Father of Medicine” wrote of healing by the Law of Similars: “Through the like, disease is produced, and through the application of the like, it is cured.” The Swiss Physician, Paracelsus wrote in the 16th century that “sames must be cured by sames.”
Homeopathic Medicine emerged from the scientific studies and writings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) in Germany. He developed and systematically refined this highly effective and experience-based form of medicine. Dr. Hahnemann graduated from medical school in 1779 and began his first homeopathic experiments in 1790. This new system of medicine quickly spread across Europe and beyond, and today is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world, as well as the fastest growing (World Health Organization). The principles underlying homeopathic medicine have been systematically proven throughout two centuries of practice and validated by over 200 scientific studies meeting modern criteria of acceptability.
The World Health Organization has cited homeopathy as a system of medicine that should be integrated worldwide with conventional medicine. Homeopathy is now covered by many private/group insurance plans.