What is homeopathy?

The story of Homeopathy begins with the discovery by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician in late 18th century, that quinine has symptoms similar to malaria and that is the reason it can cure malaria. Dr. Hahnemann in over twelve years of testing natural medicines on healthy people, and using them on sick people proved  that the principle of likes curing likes was the key to restoring health.  Homeopathy, which now has more than 200 years of clinical history, is a very safe and effective form of therapy.The clinical records of hospitals from the last century up to the present time demonstrate its ability to cure a variety of diseases, from cholera to rheumatoid arthritis. Homeopathy is practiced in over 50 countries in the world including Europe, South America, India, Indonesia, and United States and Canada.  The royal family of England have had their personal homeopathic physician since the 19th century. It is the most common alternative medicine in the world.

Homeopathic medicines are specially prepared natural animal, vegetable or mineral substances that stimulate the person’s vitality to overcome disease. Homeopathic pharmacies produce these medicines by a series of dilution and succussion, and they are FDA regulated over the counter substances. There are over 2,500 homeopathic remedies available.  Homeopathic medicines are prepared in such small doses that no toxic effect is produced as long as they are used properly.

Proper homeopathic treatment is according to strict principles based on a holistic understanding of health and disease.  Homeopathy does not recognize disease diagnosis as separate from the patient. We treat the whole person and not any particular symptomsWhen the person is cured there are no more symptoms.

The principles of homeopathy are:
  • Treatment according to the law of similars
  • The single remedy
  • The smallest dose of medicine that will cure
  • Individualization
  • Prescribing for the Totality of Symptoms
  • No repetition while improvement lasts
  • Proving: symptoms elicited when the medication is given to healthy volunteers

The law of similars is a principle of healing which states that any medicinal substance that produces certain characteristic  symptoms in the healthy will cure similar symptoms in the ill. A simple example of this law is that it is sometimes efficacious to use the homeopathic preparation of the common onion (Allium cepa), which causes tearing and runny nose as we all know, to relieve acutely the symptoms of seasonal allergy.

The correctly selected remedy will dramatically decrease susceptibility to illness, and enhance overall energy and well-being to restore health.  Since its beginning, homeopathy has based its practice on the interconnectedness of mind, emotions and body. When the patient is cured of a rash, for example, he or she will find that every other aspect of health has improved – sleep, immunity, emotions, energy and overall well-being.