What is Homeopathy?

 What is Homeopathy?

70% of people with chronic illness reported clinical improvements after homeopathic treatment (according to research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine).
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to the patient.It works on the principle of “like cures like” – that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffea, a remedy made from coffee.

Scientifically it can not yet be explained precisely how homeopathy works, but new theories in quantum physics are going some way towards shedding light on the process. What we do know is that a carefully selected homeopathic remedy acts as a trigger to the body’s healing processes.

Homeopathy has been widely used throughout the world for more than 200 years. In 2000, the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science & Technology cited homeopathy as one of the five Group One therapies, having “an individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture.(1)

Homeopathy is practiced around the world, and is growing in popularity, with an estimated 500 million people worldwide receiving homeopathic treatment.

The World Health Organisation has cited homeopathy as one of the systems of traditional medicine that should be integrated worldwide with conventional medicine in order to provide adequate healthcare.

Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional medicines and will not interfere with the action of medicines prescribed by your doctor. Because homeopathic medicines (often referred to as remedies) are non-toxic, there are no side effects(2) and they are safe even for pregnant women and babies.

Homeopathy treats the person rather than the named “disease” so potentially it can help patients with a wide range of conditions from acute to chronic conditions.

Homeopathy also has plenty of high-profile fans, including four generations of the royal family, actors, football teams, Olympic medallists, including Ussain Bolt, and other celebrities, and is even used by vets to treat pets, herds of farm animals and valuable racehorses. An area of enormous interest is in Agriculture, where remedies are used to help crops grow and protect them from disease.

1. House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology. ‘Complementary & Alternative Medicine.’ Session 1999-2000, 6th Report. The Stationery Office, 2000

2. Dantas F, Rampes H. Do homeopathic medicines provoke adverse effects? A systematic review. Br Hom J, 2000; 89: 35-8