Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on “like cures like”. The symptoms of the individual are matched to the symptoms produced by the homeopathic medicine on a healthy individual (called a proving). The medicines are safe, non addictive and do not have harmful side effects. Hence can be used safely on neonates, young, pregnant, lactating and debilitated animals under the skilled direction of a Homeopathic doctor.
The matching of the patient symptoms to the most similar medicine stimulates the bodies inherent healing abilities to bring about healing, ie return to health.
How did Homeopathy start?
The concept of like curing like dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) who also thought that individuals unique symptoms should be identified to aid selection of the correct medicine.
This concept was further developed by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. He observed that the treatment for malaria , Cinchona, produced malaria like symptoms when administered to a healthy person. He then spent the rest of his life developing and proving Homeopathy. Since then many great homeopaths have further developed this natural non harmful form of medicine. In an age when antibiotic resistance and residues are on the increase, homeopathy offers an alternative.
Homeopathic medicines were originally derived from plant, mineral and animal sources. Now many other sources are used and give the homeopathic doctor a choice of over 3,000 medicines to use.
These medicines can be in the form of small pills or in liquid form. They can be given by mouth, or sprayed onto clean mucous membranes and even administered on food or in the water if need be (patient not accepting of oral means). The dosage varies greatly and is altered to suit the patients condition and response to the medicine. Based on the former your homeopath will prescribe different strengths and frequencies of administration.
Storage of these medicines is important, they must be kept away from high energy eg:microwaves, mobile phones, heat, light and strong aromatic substances.
How does Homeopathy Work?
There is much research on this topic. It appears the answer lies in quantum physics . There have been many favourable trials in veterinary medicine. Information is there, click on the links to find out more. Most importantly it is clinical experience that has inspired homeopaths to continue down this path of medicine.