Homeopathy is a natural medicine that has been used for more than 200 years with wonderful results. Homeopathy treats illness by removing blockages to the body's own healing power.
Homeopathic remedies are made from natural substances found in nature, plant, animal and mineral, and are produced under carefully-controlled conditions by homeopathic pharmaceutical companies. Because the remedies are given in micro-doses, there are no toxic effects or side-effects (only side-benefits!) and treatment is quite gentle. Individuals are looked at as a whole.
Because every person is an individual, homeopathic treatment is tailored for each person and their unique set of symptoms and circumstances. Best of all, homeopathic clients become actively involved in their treatment, which helps them better understand their own natural balance and know themselves more fully.
How are the remedies chosen?
In homeopathy the same substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can also cure those symptoms in a sick person. For example, if you peel an onion you might experience burning and watery eyes, your nose might itch and run and you might begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or with hay fever, you might want to try the homeopathic remedy made from the red onion, Allium cepa, which would remove the disease and allow your body to heal itself by re-establishing balance.
Your homeopath will spend considerable time with you to "take your case," to better learn the specifics about your symptoms and circumstances for a particular disease or series of diseases. You will then get a remedy that best matches your symptoms for a particular disease, and the potency will be carefully selected as well. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, found that when large doses of substances were used there was often an aggravation, but when infinitesimal doses of substances were used to treat illness, there was a more prompt, gentle and lasting improvement in the person.
Who can be treated with homeopathy?
Because the active ingredients in homeopathic medicines are basically in micro-doses, homeopathic medicines are non-toxic and have no side effects. In addition, there are no known risks between homeopathic medicines and traditional allopathic chemical medicines. Thus, someone taking a conventional drug for depression also could take a homeopathic remedy without fear of interaction.
Homeopathy is particularly useful in children's illnesses, because with the all-natural and gentle substances there is less worry about drug effects. And homeopathic medicines do not suppress symptoms, but work with the body's own healing resources, so a child's immune system will be strengthened by using them! And homeopathic remedies can be used with pets with excellent results as well!