Each year, millions of people use Homeopathy for relief of symptoms or to find a general sense of well-being. Homeopathic treatment focuses on the underlying disturbance or ‘dis-ease’ that causes the symptoms, rather than on the symptoms themselves.
Some people have used Homeopathy to maintain health and treat a wide range of long-term illnesses, including allergies, atopic dermatitis, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. They have also used it to treat minor injuries, such as cuts and scrapes and muscle strains or sprains.
There are thousands of testimonials available online. One source to check out is the Canadian Society of Homeopaths under ‘About Homeopathy.’
Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism to promote health.
The use of Homeopathic Medicines—popularly known as Remedies—is based on the discovery that natural substances are capable of curing the same symptoms that they can cause. By studying the symptoms that develop when a healthy person tests or “proves” a Remedy, Homeopaths can determine which symptoms the remedy is capable of curing. This is called the Law of Similars or “like cures like.”
A simple example of this principle can be seen with an onion. Slicing an onion can cause symptoms of burning and watery eyes, as well as sneezing and a runny nose. Many hayfever sufferers with symptoms of burning, watery eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose have found dramatic relief after taking homeopathic Allium cepa (the Remedy made from red onion). Thus, the substance that can cause symptoms can, as a Remedy, also cure them. (Canadian Society of Homeopaths)
Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the “Law of Similars.” This law states that “like cures like,” or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person.
The Homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a Homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms—rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine.
Homeopathy also recognizes that each person exhibits their disease in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same Homeopathic Remedy.
Unlike the “one size fits all” approach to prescribing often used in conventional medicine, a Homeopath chooses a Remedy that matches the unique symptom profile of the individual. Conventional medicine seeks to control illness through the regular use of medications; if the medicine is withdrawn, the person’s symptoms can return…
In Homeopathy, the ideal is that a person needs just enough of the Homeopathic Remedy to stimulate their healing response. In other words, Homeopathy seeks to cure a person so they do not need any medications—Homeopathic or otherwise. (National Centre for Homeopathy)
Homeopathy, or Homeopathic Medicine, is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself.
Homeopathy was founded in the late 1700s in Germany and has been widely practiced throughout Europe. Homeopathic medicine views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body as it attempts to regain health. Homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like.” That is, if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small amount of the same substance may cure the illness. In theory, a Homeopathic dose enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes.
A Homeopathic Health Practitioner (Homeopath) uses pills or liquid mixtures (solutions) containing only a little of an active ingredient (usually a plant or mineral) for treatment of disease. These are known as highly diluted or “potentiated” substances.