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What is Homeopathy

Homeopathy, from Greek
homoeo (meaning similar) and pathos (meaning suffering) is a system of medicine based on treating like with like. You can compare this to the use of antidotes and vaccines in mainstream medicine. Homeopathy is the second most widely used system of medicine in the world. It has been growing in popularity by 25 to 50 percent a year throughout the last decade.

Hahnemann devised 'natural laws' as the basis on which homeopathy is founded:

Like cures Like (Law of Similars) - For example, if the symptoms of your cold are similar to poisoning by mercury in a healthy person than the Homeopath will give mercury as the homeopathic remedy.

    • Homeopathy is extremely effective. When the correct remedy is taken, results can be rapid, complete and permanent.
    • Homeopathy is completely safe. Even babies and pregnant women can use Homeopathy without the danger of side effects. Homeopathic remedies can also be taken alongside other medication without producing side effects.
    • Homeopathy is natural. Homeopathic remedies are normally based on natural ingredients such as minerals, plants and animals.
    • Homeopathy works in harmony with your immune system, for example, cough medicines suppress the cough reflex, which is your body's attempt to clear the lungs, while Homeopathy helps clear the phlegm. 
    • Homeopathic remedies are not addictive; usually your Homeopath will stop the remedy once relief is felt. If no relief is felt, you are probably taking the wrong remedy.
    • Homeopathy is holistic. It treats all the symptoms as one, which means that it addresses the cause, not just the symptoms.

 

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Classical Homeopathy - Treating the Whole Person

Classical Homeopathy is a holistic medicine; it aims to treat the whole person.

A common cold, for example, is one virus which produces a variety of effects. Different people with a cold caused by the same virus may exhibit different symptoms. This is the reason why a Homeopath treats each case differently, noting down all symptoms and with careful analysis finds the right remedy for that individual.

Taking Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic medicine should be taken on a clean pallet. You should avoid strong flavours such as mint (including toothpaste), coffee or camphor.

Remedies are normally taken as pills which are placed under the tongue.  For some complaints remedies are taken as an ointment, for example, arnica cream applied directly to bruising. If you are taking the remedy in pill form, you should avoid contact with the skin (including fingers). Just drop a few pills into the lid and pour them directly into the mouth under your tongue.

Once relief from the symptoms is felt, stop taking the homeopathic medicine. Only take it again if exactly the same symptoms come back or on advise from a Homeopathic Doctor.

References:

What are Homeopathics?. (2001). Retrieved from http://abchomeopathy.com/homeopathy.htm