Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been used worldwide for over 200 years. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), homoeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world.
Homeopathy has its roots in ancient Greece where its main principle “like cures like” (Similia similibus curantur) was defined by the famous physician Hippocrates. Homeopathy is based mainly on the principle that the cure for a particular disease is achieved through the use of substances that, when administered to a healthy person, produce the similar symptoms as those of the disease.
This principle has been formulated by the German physician, chemist and founder of homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann at the turn of 18th and 19th century. Hahnemann believed this to be one of the fundamental laws of cure.
Homeopathy has a holistic approach towards health and treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability (vital force) and so promoting the inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels.
While conventional medicine believes that it must fight the disease bearing factor which it sees as the main cause for disease and breaks the whole down into parts with separate diagnostic labels, homeopathy believes that it must strengthen the organism’s defense mechanism in order to be able to fight the imbalance. Stimulation of the self-healing force can lead to improvement of symptoms or to a complete restore of health, especially in so called chronic conditions, which are considered as incurable by conventional medicine.
Through the dilution of the raw material (substances derived from the mineral, herbal and animal worlds etc.) and potentisation into different potencies (remedy strength), there is no or almost no substance left in the material form, purely the information. The efficacy of potentised homeopathic medicine is frequently questioned by sceptics and scientists, who analyse homeopathy with biochemical measurements. As a result, homeopathy has not been recognized by the evidence-based medicine.
Many people who come to see a homeopath for the first time are usually surprised by the extent of information needed in order to identify the most suitable remedy. You will be asked specific details about your current health issues, past illnesses, family history as well as general eating, sleeping patterns, likes and dislikes, environments, fears etc. You will be talking about your personal interests, what makes you happy or stressed, which events or situations are having an impact on you.
This type of treatment takes into account all symptoms of the person - mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. Then the most appropriate homeopathic remedy is selected based on the individual's specific symptoms and personal level of health. As mentioned above it is about understanding the symptoms that an individual expresses in disease, and matching them to a substance that is able to produce that similar symptom pattern.
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