Homeopathy: A Natural Approach to Health
Homeopathy is one of the most widely used forms of medicine in the world today, because people are discovering the benefits of this system of medicine that is safe, effective and treats them as unique individuals. Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine that treats mental, emotional and physical conditions.
Homeopathic remedies are chosen to treat the whole being: it is holistic, viewing the mind and body as one, thus treating the whole being.
Remedies are chosen to fit the main characteristics of the patient, so physical conditions are considered alongside mental and emotional factors.
How Homeopathy Works
Homeopathy works on a principle known as ‘the Law of Similars’ or ‘Like Cures Like’. This law states that a substance that can cause a disease can also relieve it. For example, coffee, or Coffea as it is known in Latin, is a stimulant that can cause temporary insomnia. Coffea may be used in minute potentised (i.e. homeopathic) doses to relieve that insomnia.
Another example is that chopping onions can cause your nose and eyes to run with copious amounts of water. The onion, Allium cepa , can be used homeopathically to treat colds and hayfever where the main symptoms include runny eyes and nose.
The founding father of homeopathy over 200 years ago, the German doctor and chemist Samuel Hahnemann, developed the system of medicine we now call homeopathy.
He had a very clear, sensitive approach to the practice of medicine:
“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.” ~ (Samuel Hahnemann, Organon of Medicine)
Homeopathy for All
Homeopathy can be used effectively by everyone, from babies and children to adults, including women during pregnancy. Homeopathic remedies promote the body’s natural ability to heal. When prescribed appropriately, they are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive.
The remedies can be taken alongside drugs prescribed by your doctor and will not interfere with their beneficial action. As your condition improves, you may, if you so choose, be able to safely reduce your conventional medication, thereby avoiding the unwanted effects that sometimes accompany the long-term use of drugs.
NB: you should always consult with your GP before making changes to your conventional medication.