Although the principle behind homeopathy was first described by
Hippocrates 2,500 years ago, homeopathy as we know it today has
been used for the past 200 years. It was developed as a system
of medicine by a brilliant German physician called Samuel Hahnemann.
The word homeopathy comes from the Greek and means similar suffering.
This refers to the central philosophy that a substance that can
produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure those symptoms in
a person who is ill.
How does homeopathy work?
The most fundamental rule of homeopathy is The Law of Similars.
Put simply it means like cures like. Homeopaths record the totality
of a person's symptoms and individual characteristics and then
match this picture to a substance that is able to produce similar
symptoms in a healthy person. For example, a homoeopathically prepared
coffee (coffea tosta) may be used to treat certain types of sleeplessness.
Using the Law of the Minimum Dose very, very tiny doses of the
substances are given to stimulate the body's
own amazing natural
Homeopathic remedies (also
called homeopathics) are a system of medicine
based on three principles:
Like cures like
For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning
by mercury, then mercury would be your homeopathic remedy.
The remedy is taken in an extremely dilute form; normally one part
remedy to around 1,000,000,000,000 parts of water.
The Single Remedy
No matter how many symptoms are experienced, only one remedy is
and that remedy will be aimed at all those symptoms.
Similar principals forms the basis of conventional allergy treatment,
where the allergic substance is given in a small dose, and in vaccines
where an impotent form of the virus is given to bolster the immune
against that particular virus.
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