What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in sucrose tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a Homeopath will match the most appropriate remedy to each person.
With the gentle stimulus of a remedy the body is reminded of it's ability to self-heal.
Remedies are made from substances found in the natural world and are sourced from the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms.
Treating Like with Like
Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.
The principle of treating “like with like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years.
It was discovered by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, who, dissatisfied with the harsh medical practises of the day (which included blood-letting, purging and the use of poisons such as arsenic and mercury), looked for a way to reduce the damaging side-effects associated with medical treatment.
He began experimenting on himself and a group of volunteers, giving smaller and smaller, more and more dilute medicinal doses, which he prepared using a technique called 'succussion'. Hahnemann found that as well as reducing the toxicity of the source material, the medicines also became more effective, not less, despite having less of the material substance. He also observed that symptoms caused by toxic ‘medicines’ such as mercury, were similar to those of the diseases they were being used to treat e.g. syphilis, which lead to the principle he described as ‘like cures like’.