Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that has been in use worldwide for over 200 years. It is recognized by the World Health Organization as the second most widely used therapeutic system in the world. Millions of people benefit from homeopathy.
The name homeopathy, coined by its originator, Samuel Hahnemann, is derived from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’. Hahnemann 1755 – 1843, born in Meissen, Germany was a medical doctor and a chemist who became disenchanted with harsh and ineffective medical interventions of the time. Through rigorous scientific experimentation and the application of inductive reasoning, Hahnemann created the homeopathic system of medicine. His careful observations led him to uncover the laws of healing found in nature upon which homeopathy is based.
Homeopathy is founded on two main principles, the first being ‘like cures like’, which means that a substance capable of producing certain symptoms in a healthy person, can be used to treat those same symptoms in a case of disease.
In Homeopathy we trust that the body will always be using its most effective healing response to a given situation. By using medicines which can stimulate a similar healing response, we boost the body’s own vitality, and work with it, instead of against it.
The second main principle in Homeopathy is that only ‘the minimum dose’ should be employed, in order to avoid the side effects. This principle is based upon the understanding that homeopathic medicines are stimuli for healing vital force (qi or chi or life force) and that we need only give enough to produce a response. This ensures that treatment will be as gentle and natural as it is healing and effective.