Symptoms of ill health, whether expressed on the physical, emotional or mental level (or often a combination of all three) are signs and signals to communicate to us that all is not well.
Homeopathy acknowledges this by observing the individual pattern of these signs and matching them to a remedy that will stimulate the body's own defences to relieve the symptoms.
Homeopathy (from the Greek meaning similar suffering) originated in it's current form around 200 years ago and is based on the two following principles;
- Law of Similars
At the centre of homeopathic treatment is the understanding that a substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure those symptoms in a sick person.
A simple example is a person suffering from symptoms of hay fever such as stinging streaming eyes, who may be given a remedy prepared from an onion which may produce a similar effect on a healthy person.
- The Law of Minimum Dose
The Law of Minimum Dose means using as little of the remedy as possible to stimulate the body's own healing mechanism.
The method of preparing the remedies means that they will not produce the of side effects that can be experienced with conventional medicine. Homeopathic remedies are safe to use, in pregnancy and breastfeeding, and should not interfere with the action of conventional medication and so can be used by those taking prescription medicines