what is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been used worldwide for over 200 years. Homeopathy is a traditional medicine with a holistic approach to health, focusing on treating the person as a unique individual with their own specific expressions of symptoms. This helps the Homeopathic practitioner to choose the most appropriate medicine for the individual, to help restore good health.
Homeopathic medicine helps by rebalancing the individual by working with their natural immune system and addressing the underlying cause behind conditions. The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself and a well-fitting homeopathic remedy will help to stimulate and “wake up” those healing abilities. Homeopathy treats with a whole approach by addressing all aspects of health on every level; psychologically, mentally, emotionally and physically.
What is homeopathic medicine?
Homeopathic remedies are extracted from elements of plants, minerals, sometimes traces of animal matter, with the occasional remedy from orthodox medicine or diseased tissue. The substance goes through a complex set process of dilution and succussion (shaken) to provoke an imprint of the energy vibration from the source, into the memory of the distilled water using alcohol to preserve it. This process removes any possible toxic properties from the substance and safely releases the individual characteristics and healing capabilities held in each substance. Homeopathy can be used in conjunction with other medications and treatments, and is not tested on animals.
Who uses Homeopathy?
The World Health Organisation recognises Homeopathy as the second largest therapeutic system of medicine used in the world today. It is used by more than 300 million people for both acute and chronic conditions.
Homeopathic medicine is Europe’s number one alternative medicine for doctors, with 40% of physicians using or referring patients to homeopathic practitioners. Homeopathy is integrated into many national health systems around the world including: Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Israel, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
In India Homeopathy is used just as much as allopathic medicine with Homeopathic doctors working in the hospitals and over 100 million people solely using Homeopathic medicine. The British Royal Family has been under homeopathic care since 1820 with their own Homeopathic Doctor. Homeopathy is recognised as an individual system of medicine, and as a complementary and alternative medicine in many countries.
Where did Homeopathy begin?
Homeopathy has a huge history, over 250 years of knowledge and study. Samuel Hahnemann founded Homeopathy in 1755-1843, he was a German medical doctor and scientist who developed Homeopathy for medical use in hospitals. He was not happy with the current model of health care and found that the medical world often did more harm than good. Hahnemann wanted to focus on a system that brought about true healing by addressing the root cause and treating the person as a whole. He saw this in Homeopathy through its principles of Individualisation, Law of similars and single dosage, non-toxic remedies.
Hahnemann was first introduced to the concept of Homeopathy when translating a medical research paper by Scottish medical doctor William Cullen, whose hypothesis was that the plant Cinchona (Peruvian Bark) cured Malaria because of its astringent properties. He decided to test this theory and took some of the crude form of Cinchona, he found he developed malaria like symptoms when taking the substance. After further testing Hahnemann discovered and concluded, that the symptoms that a substance can create in a healthy person (the reaction they get), when that same substance is prepared Homeopathically would help an unhealthy person if they presented with those same symptoms. An example, when cutting an onion it causes the eyes to water & nose to run, Homeopathically the onion remedy Allium cepa can assist with hay-fever like symptoms. These discoveries lead Hahnemann to continue his research and clinical studies into a safer system of medicine, this is where Homeopathy evolved.