What is homeopathy? How does it work?

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine which has been in worldwide use for nearly two hundred years. It recognises that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person. It is a gentle, holistic system that focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long lasting benefits. Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to restore health and well being.

The objective of homeopathy is to restore man to health and therefore its main question is what causes health, not what causes disease.

Those who merely study and treat the effects of disease are like those who imagine that they can drive away the winter by brushing the snow from the door. It is not the snow that causes winter, but the winter that causes the snow.” – Paracelsus, a 16th century philosopher and physician.

Homeopathy regards the body as more than a sum of its parts. The body develops, carries on its function and repairs itself independently. This healing power is a function of the life force itself. Illness is a disturbance of this force.

Homeopathy believes that people fall ill due to their susceptibilities. Susceptibility is the inherent capacity of all living organisms to react to environmental stimuli. Without susceptibility there is no life. It is what makes us adjust – we wear warm clothes in winter because we are susceptible to cold. An increase in susceptibility manifests itself in things like allergies. In this way, symptoms represent susceptibility. Symptoms are the language of a disease — the body’s attempt to balance itself. Without symptoms, a person could have a potentially life threatening illness with no way of identifying it. For example, fever is the body’s way to activate the immune system as most bacteria cannot survive in a hot environment.

Different people are susceptible to different influences. One person in the house may get every passing cold and cough while the others remain symptom free. In the same way, one may get an upset stomach after a meal while the rest are not affected. Most external influences can affect us only when our own healing power or resistance is low. Homeopathy works to increase the patient’s resistance to disease. It does not aim merely at removing the symptoms of the parts affected, but treats the cause and restores health.

What happens when you see a classical homeopath?

A Classical homeopath takes time to listen to your emotional and physical symptoms as he/she understands that establishing good health involves treating both mind and body. He/she may ask you many detailed questions about your physical problems as well as other aspects like your general likes and dislikes, etc. He/she then prescribes a remedy that is closest to your individual symptom picture, to stimulate your body’s own healing response. Healing begins from within your body, strengthening your health and immune system, without any danger of side effects.

What are homeopathic remedies?

Homeopathic remedies are drawn from the plant, mineral and animal worlds. They work by gently boosting the body’s natural energy and are very safe, even for babies and pregnant women.

What can homeopathy treat?

Homeopathy is used to treat everything from colds, fevers, sore throats and injuries, to chronic illnesses such as arthritis, eczema, asthma, migraines and insomnia.

Homeopaths do not treat physical, emotional and mental illnesses separately, but regard them as intimately connected. The medicine is for that individual patient, not merely for his or her disease. This fundamental principle of the individual prescription, explains why two patients with apparently similar illnesses may be treated with a different remedy.

Since medicine began it has been recognised that there is a capacity for self-healing within the human organism. This self-healing power has been called prana in India, chi in China and the vital force in Europe. In acute illnesses such as colds, the body naturally resists infection and, in time, gets better through mobilizing its own defenses, helped by rest, fresh air and the right food. In more long-lasting chronic illnesses, the body’s vitality is often too depleted to do this without assistance. In these cases the right remedy will stimulate the body’s self-healing powers.