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What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system in natural medicine that is based on two main principles:

  • Like treats like, or the law of similars and the law of infinitesimal dilution.

    This principle maintains that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in a sick person.
  • The law of infinitesimal dilution.

    According to this principle, diluting such a substance serially and succussing (shaking) it enhances its therapeutic potential.

Homeopathic remedies are generally dilutions of natural substances from plants, minerals and animals. Based on the principal like treats like, these remedies match different symptom patterns or profiles of illness, and act to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.


Conditions benefited by homeopathy:

Homeopathy is a complete system of natural medicine that can have a therapeutic effect on almost any disease or health condition.

Who can benefit from homeopathic treatment?

People of all ages can benefit from homeopathic treatment. Homeopathic treatments have no side-effects and can be used in conjunction with other medical treatments without harm. The long-term benefit of homeopathy is that it not only alleviates the presenting symptoms, but re-establishes internal order at the deepest levels and thereby provides a lasting cure.

What to expect during a homeopathic consultation:

A homeopathic consultation is a unique experience for someone accustomed to conventional medicine. For instance, you may be suffering from chronic headaches, perhaps migraines. While the conventional medical treatment for this condition is the same for almost everyone (some form of analgesics or anti-inflammatories), homeopathy recognizes over two hundred symptom patterns associated with headaches, and has corresponding remedies for each.

Your headache may be in the front of your head. It may get worse when it is cold and improve with heat. It may be better while you are lying down, or while you are sitting up. You may be a person who is thin, and easily excited, or the docile, sedentary sort. The first task of the homeopathic practitioner is a process called “profiling” or recording all of the qualities physical, mental, and emotional that will determine your patients remedy or combination of remedies.

Practitioners of classical homeopathy consult vast compendiums, called repertoires, and the materia medica to determine the remedy that most closely matches the picture of the patient’s symptomatology. These compendiums are compilations of findings of thousands of tests, also called provings, for over two hundred years that record how healthy individuals react to different substances. The very detailed reactions by subjects are catalogued in these compendiums and the homeopathic practitioner’s task is to match them exactly to the patient’s profile.

Homeopathy worldwide:

Europe is the birthplace of homeopathy. There are approximately six thousand practitioners in Germany and five thousand in France.

In Britain, homeopathic hospitals and outpatient clinics are part of the national health system, and homeopathy is recognized as a postgraduate medical specialty by virtue of an act of Parliament. Homeopathy has also enjoyed the patronage of the British royal family for the past four generations.

In South Africa homeopathic doctors and homeopathic medication are controlled by the Department of Health and the Allied Health Professions Council. Training of homeopathic doctors is done through the University of Johannesburg and the Durban University of Technology. There are more than 700 doctors of homeopathic medicine in South Africa.

In the United States, an estimated three thousand medical doctors and licensed health care providers practice Homeopathy, and the number continues to rise annually. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recognizes homeopathic remedies as official drugs and regulates their manufacturing, labelling, and dispensing.

Homeopathy is also widely practiced in India, where over twenty-five thousand doctors practice homeopathy.

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