As a certified Homeopath I am often asked “What is Homeopathy”?
Many of us have heard the word and seen the small vials filled with pellets at the health food store but are still unsure of what Homeopathy is exactly. Many believe homeopathic remedies are just another form of herbal medicine but in actuality most homeopathic medicines contain only the “vibration” or “memory” of the original substances and not the actual substance at all therefore making Homeopathy it’s own unique system of medicine.
Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician founded Homeopathy in the late 1700s. The fundamental principle of Homeopathy is The Law of Similars, which means “like cures likes”. What exactly does that mean? According to Hahnemann, one can treat individuals with medicines that are capable of producing in a healthy person similar symptoms to those experienced in a sick person. For example, drinking coffee can cause insomnia but used in the homeopathic form, coffee is often used to treat insomnia.
Homeopathic remedies are made from either mineral, plant or animal substances where the original substance is diluted many times over and shaken (succussed). This potentisation process allows the water to retain only a vibration or memory” of the actual substance and no molecules of the original substance due to the dilution process are left. This is why many people believe it is a placebo effect.
I know that it is difficult to believe that a remedy with no crude substance can work but it really does! In fact, the system of action that gives homeopathics their capability is multifaceted, and specialists are now studying quantum physics and the science of nanoparticles to more completely understand how homeopathic remedies work. Keep in mind that homeopathy is used on animals, infants and children with great success where the placebo effect is absent.
Homeopathic care is individualized and involves assessing an individual’s body system disorders. We take into account the person as a whole; the physical, emotional and mental symptoms. Specific homeopathic interview methods are used, then homeopathic remedies are prescribed to stimulate, maintain or restore health. Homeopathy is used to treat acute conditions such as the common cold or a sprained ankle as well as chronic and long standing conditions such as depression, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances and eczema to name a few.
Homeopathy is a gentle but effective path to healing and can be used with children and infants, adults, the elderly, and even animals making it a wonderful starting point for anyone new to alternative medicine. Homeopathy is safe and a natural system of healing that will assist your own body to clear itself of any imbalance, restoring itself and improving your overall health. All in all Homeopathy works by stimulating your body's own healing power.