What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a scientific system of healing based on a principle described by writers as early as Hippocrates which observes that a substance can often cure symptoms which are similar to symptoms which it can produce. A simple example might be a case of arthritis which is hot, red and edematous at the joints with a stinging sort of pain. These symptoms are very similar to a bee sting, and might be treated and helped by a homeopathic dose of Apis (bee venom). The doses of homeopathic remedies are so minute that there are no harmful side effects, and yet they are strong enough to present a healing stimulus to the body so that it can begin a return to a healthy, balanced state.

Over the past 35 years or so, homeopathy has enjoyed a resurgence and renewed popularity as people seek non toxic solutions to their health problems, but it has been an effective system of healing in Europe for more than 200 years. Now it is widely employed in Europe and India alongside conventional medicine. Its principles and application techniques were developed by a German medical doctor named Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century. He discovered the principles of dilution and potentizing substances as he sought to develop treatment methods for his patients that would not have the drastic side effects of toxic substances used in medicine at that time.

Homeopathic remedies work by gently stimulating the body’s own healing processes. They are made from many different substances, and many of the same medicines have been safely and effectively in use for two centuries.

In evaluating a client, a homeopathic practitioner does not see a skin disorder separately from menstrual difficulties, and depression as something else again, all to be treated separately. The whole person is considered in searching for one remedy which will stimulate the person’s own healing response and bring their system into balance. It is a safe and effective system of healing which gently awakens the client’s own healing abilities.


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