What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a treatment that uses remedies. Remedies can be made from virtually anything but are often plant or mineral based. Remedies used in homeopathy encourage the body to heal itself. In homeopathy this is regarded as a cure and takes place from the inside out. This is different to using drugs that damp down the symptoms of disease.
Over 200 million people in the world use homeopathy on a regular basis. In the UK there are 6 million users which is 10% of the population.
Sometimes an aggravation of symptoms can occur during a homeopathy treatment but these aggravations usually indicate a good remedy match. They are usually only mild and do not last long. This is different to drugs that may have very noticeable side effects which can result in the patient having to take more medication.
Homeopathy was originally developed by Samuel Hahnemann in Germany over two hundred years ago. There are two basic ‘principles’ or key points.
The principle of similar. This means that if something were used in large amount it would cause a number of symptoms. However, in a small amount this substance can be used to cure those same symptoms.
The principle of ultra dilution. Hahnemann discovered that the substances he used could be diluted down to a level at which there is none of the original substance left in the remedy. If the dilution is then shaken in a particular way, it can be used to treat the underlying imbalance.
Homeopathy can be used alongside conventional treatment without causing any ill effects.
How homeopathy works
Although homeopathy has been around for a long time, it is only recently that scientists have begun to understand how it works. It has been found that in homeopathy each remedy has a something like a bar code that is individual to it, even though it has undergone dilution. It has also been shown that remedies have an effect on basic living structures and that electromagnetic forces may be responsible for creating that effect.