What is homeopathy
Homeopathy is a complete and holistic system of medicine that considers the mental, emotional and physical aspects of the individual. It treats the whole person, not just the disease, and has a remarkably effective approach to restoring health and vitality.
Within this context, homeopathy has the ability to treat most modern-day acute and chronic complaints.
Acute complaints include colds, coughs, earaches, sore throats, injuries and fevers. Chronic complaints require a more detailed case analysis of the patient's mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Common chronic complaints that homeopaths frequently and successfully treat include arthritis, asthma, skin conditions, digestive problems, emotional problems, depression, migraine and menstrual imbalances.
Though the range of diseases treated is very wide, the experience of being treated leaves the patient feeling better in themselves and able to make beneficial changes in their lives as a result of improved health.
History of homeopathy
Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, pioneered this new system of medicine in the 18th century, after turning away from the crude methods of his orthodox counterparts.
The word homeopathy comes from the Greek 'homo' meaning similar and 'pathos' meaning suffering.
The main principle of homeopathy is 'like cures like' (similia similibus curentur) which states that any substance causing symptoms to appear in a healthy person can cure the same symptoms in a sick person.
The homeopathic approach uses substances that have been diluted and succussed. These remedies stimulate the body to heal itself and return to a state of healthy balance.