Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of natural medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to stimulate the body's own healing mechanism to promote health.
The use of homeopathic remedies is based on the discovery that natural substances are capable of curing the same symptoms that they can cause. By studying the symptoms that develop when a healthy person tests or "proves" a remedy, homeopaths can determine which symptoms the remedy is capable of curing. This is called the Law of Similars or "like cures like".
A simple example of this principle can be seen with the common onion. Slicing an onion can cause symptoms of burning and watery eyes, as well as sneezing and a runny nose. Many hayfever sufferers with symptoms of burning, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose have found dramatic relief after taking homeopathic Allium cepa (the remedy made from red onion). Thus the substance that can cause symptoms can, as a remedy, also cure them.
Your combined unique symptoms are even more important than your diagnosis. For example, ten people with severe headaches can describe ten different combinations of symptoms, each requiring a different remedy. By matching a remedy to your particular symptoms, your homeopath is treating you, as an individual, not the disease.
How Are Homeopathic Remedies Prepared?
Homeopathic remedies are prepared from diluted substances, such as plants, minerals, or animal products, which are repeatedly diluted and succussed (vigorously shaken). As this standardized method of dilution and succussion continues, the remedy becomes more powerful. Known as potentization, this process is the hallmark of all homeopathic remedies.
Are Homeopathic Remedies Safe?
The extreme dilution used in the process of preparing homeopathic remedies renders them non-toxic and safe for everyone of all ages, even during pregnancy and while breast feeding. In fact, the non-toxic nature of these remedies makes the manufacturing process safe for the environment as well.
How Do the Remedies Work?
There is no current scientific explanation for how potentized remedies work. However, just as aspirin was used as a painkiller for many decades before scientists understood how it works, homeopathy continues to be used successfully without a definitive explanation of the process behind it. The practical health benefits experienced by millions of people and animals for over 200 years provide convincing evidence that homeopathic remedies are effective.
What Can Homeopathy Treat?
Homeopathy can be effective in treating virtually any health issue - from allergies to zoster (shingles) - regardless of whether the origin is physical, mental, or emotional.
A well-chosen homeopathic remedy can produce dramatic improvement in acute conditions (e.g., viral infections and physical injuries) by significantly reducing the intensity of symptoms and recovery time. Many common children's complaints, such as bedwetting, colic, diaper rash, earaches, nosebleeds, and teething, also respond remarkably well to homeopathy. Many women find great relief with homeopathic treatment during pregnancy and childbirth and with menstrual irregularities, PMS, and menopausal symptoms.
Homeopathic treatment can be particularly useful in deep-seated, chronic conditions that have developed over a long period of time, frequently accompanied by a general deterioration of health. These include almost all well-known medical conditions, ranging from acne, anxiety attacks, arthritis, and asthma to ulcers, varicose veins, warts, and yeast infections (to name just a few). Homeopathy can help reverse the limitations of chronic disease and maintain long-term health.
Even in advanced stages of pathology, in which cure may not be possible, homeopathy can alleviate or reduce severe symptoms, including pain, vomiting, anxiety, or fear.
-Founder of Homeopathy-