Homeopathy or homeopathic medicine, is a medical system that was developed more than 200 years ago by German physician Samuel Christian Hahnemann. It has been practiced in other countries, including Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom since the early 19th century.
Homeopathy comes from the Greek words “homeo”, meaning “similar”, and “pathos”, meaning “suffering” or “disease” and Homeopathy’s founding principles are to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances that provoke the body to initiate the healing process.
Homeopathy's Two Central Principles
- “like cures like”, i.e. a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people; and
- the “law of minimum dose”, .i.e. that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness.
A person is looked at as a whole and complete unique ecosystem. This includes exploring the person’s mental states, emotions, lifestyle, temperament, relationships, and diet. Because of an extensive info intake, the initial consultation can be quite lengthy.
As a patient, especially as a new one, it is helpful to review your current state of being and get as much clarity as possible on the concerns you want to resolve. Sometimes doing a food diary ahead of time can give the practitioner illuminating information.
Homeopathy is used to enhance wellness and prevent and treat many diseases and symptoms. It is for both acute and chronic conditions. Some conditions include fibroids, colds, depression, anxiety, digestive disorders, mycoplasma, fertility challenges, and eczema. What homeopathy helps with also includes unnamed states of imbalance.
There are no side effects and the effectiveness of remedies depends on accurately identifying the specific imbalance. Homeopathic remedies are safe for both human and animal.
There are common remedies that you can purchase at health food stores such as arnica for muscle and sprains or ferrous phos for early onset of a flu. The Queen of England is purportedly a firm believer and is said to take her own Homeopathic First Aid Kit with her on all her travels.
For chronic and deeper conditions, it is best to work with a practitioner.
Homeopathy is an old system that is still relevant and effect in our modern world. Remedies are easily accessible through health food stores and homeopathic practitioners. It is safe and easy to take and can address both acute and chronic issues.