Homeopathy is a system of medicine that has been practised throughout much of the world for the past 200 years. Its founder was a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of like curing like, meaning that a substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in a sick person. In fact Hahnemann was not the first to discover this. Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’, stated that cure takes place through the way of opposites or the way of similars, more than 2000 years ago.
Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine. A homeopath sees the mind and body functioning as an integrated whole. Disease is seen not as an isolated event but as an expression of disharmony within the whole person. Homeopathic treatment is aimed at restoring this harmony by stimulating the body’s own healing ability. This will result in the removal of symptoms and a return to health.
Homeopathic medicines are safe and free from side effects. They are specially prepared in homeopathic pharmacies, using minute quantities, from plant, mineral and animal sources. Homeopathic remedies have been tested on healthy human volunteers in what Samuel Hahnemann called ‘provings’. Provings are still conducted today as many more substances are introduced into homeopathy.