What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a medical system based that embraces the holistic, natural approach in treating illnesses. It aims to treat the person by stimulating his or her body’s healing ability. The holistic nature of homeopathy means that each person is being treated as a unique individual and considers their body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the management and prevention of the disease. Considering these factors, the homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the person’s specific signs and symptoms and personal level of faith.
How does homeopathy work?
Similar to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), homeopathy is a holistic method of treatment. It is based on the belief that “like cures like” which is meant to trigger the natural defenses of the body.
Homeopaths use small amounts of natural substances such as plants and minerals to stimulate the healing process. They believe that the lower dose of the medicine, the more powerful it can become in treating diseases. As a matter of fact, several remedies do not longer contain any molecules of the original substance.
During your appointment with the homeopath, he or she will ask a series of questions regarding the patient’s mental, emotional, and physical health. From there, the homeopath prescribes the remedy that is best suited for the symptoms. Then, he will create a customised treatment plan for the patient.
Principles of homeopathy
Homeopathy is formulated from these three principles:
- Like cures like (Law of Similars) - the substances that produce the symptoms of a disease in a healthy person are the same substances that can cure the same symptoms exhibited by a sick person.
- The more dilute the remedy, the greater its potency (Law of the Infinitesimal Dose) - Homeopathic remedies are usually prepared through a process called potentization, which dilutes the ingredients with pure water or alcohol by succussing or vigorous shaking. The more diluted the remedy gets, the more potent it becomes.
- An illness is specific to the individual (a holistic medical model)
What are the benefits of homeopathy?
Homeopathy is used to treat minor health issues like:
In addition, it is known to use for various chronic illnesses such as:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Premenstrual syndrome