What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of healing which assists the body to heal itself, by returning the body to a state of balance. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease. Homeopathy as a system of medicine has been established for about 200 years and is widely accepted as primary health care in many European countries.
In 1796 a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick which he called homeopathy (from the Greek words meaning "similar suffering"). He realised that there was an alternative way of treating ill health, not by fighting against it and over-riding the body’s dysfunction as in conventional medicine.
He developed a philosophy of ‘like cures like’: on the premise that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people.
Take for example, a case of insomnia. Conventional medicine will treat this by giving a drug to bring on an artificial sleep. This frequently involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs which can sometimes cause side effects or addiction. The homeopathic way, is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance, such as coffee, which in large doses causes sleeplessness in a healthy person. Perhaps surprisingly this will enable the patient to sleep naturally.
Homeopathic remedies cannot cause side effects and you cannot become addicted to them. This is because only a very minute amount of the active ingredient is used in a specially prepared form.
Your homeopath will give you a homeopathic medicine or remedy which matches your symptoms as you experience them. This also takes account of you as a person — your individual characteristics emotionally as well as physically.