W H A T I S H O M E O P A T H Y?
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of
the body to heal itself. It recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony
within the whole person, and that it is the patient who needs treatment, not just the disease.
Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power. This power is great and many complaints heal themselves unaided, but when the healing process is faulty, blocked or slow, the homeopathic remedy acts as a stimulus to the curative powers of the body. To provide this stimulus, your homeopath must prescribe the right remedy in the right dosage for you. To do this,
the characteristics of your unique response to the illness must be matched to the clinically proven characteristics of a medicine in nature - in a holistic way.
In 1796, 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’). Like
Hippocrates 2000 years earlier, he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health, the way
of opposites and the way of similars.
For example, in a case of insomnia, the way of opposites is to 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 way of similars – the homeopathic way – is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance that is homeopathically prepared, which in its original state causes sleeplessness in a healthy person. This will enable the patient to sleep naturally. Because of the minute dosage, no side-affects or addiction will result.
Another example is an onion. In its crude form, an onion can cause symptoms of watery eyes and runny nose when cut open. However, when prepared homeopathically, the remedy made from an onion (Alium Cepa) can cure these symptoms - it is used often to treat allergies.