Homeopathy is a gentle, complete system of natural medicine. Patients are treated as a whole – physically, mentally and emotionally – not just for the medical complaint they present with. Homeopaths observe that homeopathic medicine appears to stimulate the individual’s natural ability to self heal and reduce the intensity of their symptoms.
A Brief History
In 1796 a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, devised the system of medicine that we know as Homeopathy with the intention of finding a gentle way of stimulating the healing process. to find a gentle way of stimulating the healing process. The scientific and philosophical basis of our understanding of Homeopathy, as developed by Hahnemann, is still used by Homeopaths today – more than 200 years later – and Homeopathy is practiced around the globe.
The Main principle
The principle that Hahnemann applied to Homeopathy was that “like cured like”, or the Principle of Similars. By observing the symptoms produced in a healthy person who had taken a large amount of a substance, he and his fellow scientists found that Homeopathy could heal someone sick with similar symptoms by using a potentised – effectively a highly diluted – version of the same substance.
How Homeopathic Medicines Work
Homeopathic medicines have the capability to stimulate the body’s own natural healing capacity. Modern medical scientists are yet to understand how homeopathic medicines bring this about and until answers are found to their questions, Homeopaths continue to see evidence for the mode of action of Homeopathy expressed by the improvement of the symptoms and the energy levels of their patients.
For further information on Homeopathy, its mode of functioning and the current research in this area, please refer to the websites of my professional registration body The Society of Homeopaths and The Faculty of Homeopathy