"The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way on easily comprehensible principles".
Samuel Hahnemann, founder of Homeopathy.

Discovered in the late 1700's, homeopathy is a non-toxic system of medicine. The system of homeopathic healing assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the person who needs treatment not he disease.

Homeopathic medicines are made from a variety of sources, such as plants, animals and minerals. They are prepared according to strict guidelines set out in international pharmacopoeias.

Remedies (usually in liquid, tablet or powder form) are prescribed in accordance with a patient's symptoms and health conditions while individual characteristics such as emotions and physical condition are also taken into account.

At the outset of homeopathic treatment, your homeopath will need to know all about you in order to find the right remedy for you as an individual. This will include past medical history, lifestyle and any general complaints.

There are three principles upon which homeopathy is formulated:

  • Like cures like (Law of Similars): Any substance that can produce the symptoms of an illness in a healthy human being can cure those same symptoms in a sick human being.
    (This principle was known to two ancient physicians, Hippocrates (400 B.C.) and Paracelsus (1493), but it was not until the last quarter of the 18th century that it was actively investigated.)
  • The more dilute the remedy, the greater its potency (Law of the Infinitesimal Dose): Homeopathic remedies are usually prepared through a process of diluting with pure water or alcohol and succussing (vigorous shaking) such that the more diluted a substance gets, the more potent it becomes.
  • An illness is specific to the individual (a holistic medical model): Homeopaths consult compendiums called repertories to determine the remedy that most closely matches the patient's symptoms.

In summary, homeopathy is a form of medicine that assists the body in healing itself. It does not reject the great discoveries of modern medical science, only their commercial abuse. Homeopathy has stood the test of time, helping people achieve health not only in the last 150 years, but since its discovery 2000 years ago. Take advantage of the availability of this natural, non-abusive treatment.