What is Homeopathy
Homeopathy is system of medicine that uses various plants, minerals, animal based products and chemical substances in a very small dose to trigger the body’s natural system of healing. Homeopathy is based on natural laws that were discovered, understood and applied therapeutically about 200 years ago by a German physician and chemist Samuel Hahnemann.
The word "homeopathic" is derived from the Greek words “homoios” meaning similar and “pathos” meaning disease. Homeopathy is based on the laws of nature 'Similia similibus curentur' - put simply it means 'like cures like'. The sense of this Law of Similars is that substances in large doses that are capable of causing disorders of the mind or body in healthy people can be used in dilute form as medicines to treat similar disorders in someone who is ill, whatever the cause of the illness.
Homeopathic medicines are prepared according to the instructions recorded in the homeopathic pharmacopoeia. Because the remedies are very diluted, they are extremely safe and can be used in babies, adults, the elderly and even in animals.
The key to a successful homeopathic treatment is identifying the similarity between the effects of the original substance in healthy people and the pattern of the illness in the individual who is ill.
Homeopathic medicines can be used along with other medicines, supplements and vitamins.