What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an increasingly popular system of natural medicine, based on the principle that any substance that can cause illness can also be a cure. Homeopathy practice has enjoyed wide popularity among millions of individuals looking for safe and effective ways to treat illness, as well as to improved their health
Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like cures like”- that is, if a substance can cause symptoms of disease in a healthy person that it can cure a sick person suffering from similar symptoms. For example, everyone knows that chopping an onion makes your eyes sting and water and you nose run and burn. A homeopathic preparation of the humble onion, Allium cepa, may be used to cure patients with a cold or hayfever if they too have stinging, watery eyes and a runny, burning nose
Homeopathy is a natural and safe alternative to conventional medicine and is suitable for both adults and young children to use. How does the concept of homeopathy differ from that of conventional medicine?
The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms-rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, the cold or hayfever sufferer is given anti-histamine to dry up the runny nose and watery eyes artificially. Unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation often result. With the correct homeopathic remedy, however, there are no side effects and a person restored to health naturally with an attendant sense of well-being.
Homeopathy recognizes that each person manifests his or her disease in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy. A cold sufferer with a stopped up nose and dry eyes would receive a different remedy than the one with a runny nose and watering eyes. Unlike the “one size fits all” approach to prescribing often used in conventional medicine, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches the unique symptom profile of the individual.
Conventional medicine seeks to control illness through the regular use of medications; if the medicine is withdrawn, the person’s symptoms return. For example, the daily use of drugs for asthma ( or any chronic disease for that matter) alleviates the symptoms but does not cure the underlying problem.
In homeopathy the ideal is that a person needs just enough of the homeopathic remedy to stimulate their healing response. In other words, homeopathy seeks to cure a person so that they do not need any medications-homeopathic or otherwise.