Homeopathy is a holistic system of treatment that originated in Germany in the late 18th century. The homeopathic system of healing is based on the premise that within each person, there is a vital energy or self-healing response that, when balanced, keeps the individual healthy. When the energy is disrupted or imbalanced, health issues arise. Homeopathy seeks to restore energetic balance by stimulating the body’s natural defenses and ability to self-heal using the principles of “like cures like,” minimal dose of curative substances, and single remedy.

  • “Like Cures Like”: The principle of “like cures like” assumes that substances which, in high doses, produce symptoms of sickness in healthy people, will have a curative effect when administered in homeopathic doses to sick people exhibiting similar symptoms.
  • Minimal Dose: Homeopathic remedies use extremely diluted quantities of curative substances in very small doses. Normally, remedies are diluted to a ratio of one part curative substance to 1,000,000,000,000 parts water.
  • Single Remedy: No matter how many symptoms you may display, you are (initially) prescribed only a single remedy to treat all of your symptoms.

There are many benefits to homeopathic remedies. They are non-addictive and generally safe enough for even babies and pregnant women to use without the danger of side-effects. They can be safely taken along with other medications. Homeopathic remedies are based on natural ingredients that work with your immune system rather than suppressing it.

Homeopathy, like most complementary medicine systems, works with the body’s innate self-healing potential. To do this, homeopathy employs diluted and “potentised” medicines that are made from a wide variety of natural substances. The way in which people suffer is as varied as people themselves; hence in homeopathy labeling a disease by a term does not convey any extra help or meaning in treating the ailments. Homeopathy gives utmost attention to a person’s unique pattern of symptoms rather than all the common symptoms of any particular disease. How it works is best demonstrated by its real-life use, and the following case is a typical example of how it is applied in practice.

It is a Holistic approach

Homeopathy looks beyond the labels of disease to cure their causes rather than merely their symptoms. It stimulates the body’s own natural healing powers to bring health, vitality and well-being. It does not treat superficially by just driving away the symptoms but heals the patient from within. It uses medicines that cover the disturbance of the whole person rather than giving different medicines for different afflicted parts of the body. Patients often report improvement in overall energy, mood, quality of sleep, and digestion, and the disappearance of other symptoms apparently unrelated to the condition being treated with homeopathy.

It is a complete system of medicine

Homeopathic medicines are aimed at improving the level of health by stimulating the self-regulatory mechanism. Improving the level of health implies reducing any disease process as well as the susceptibility to illness and disease. That means that it is not limited to certain diseases but is universally applicable to all kinds of diseases. It can often be used as a first option in certain medical conditions, keeping more costly and potentially toxic treatment as a second option. In addition, it can offer therapeutic options where conventional treatments have failed or where conventional treatments do not exist for the problem, where they are contraindicated or not tolerated. In many disorders homeopathy should be a first choice treatment instead of a last resort.

It’s treatments are highly effective

Homeopathic treatment is an effective method of healing – in both acute and chronic conditions, as claimed by millions of patients and thousands of homeopathic doctors. It may even offer long lasting to permanent cure, treating the disease from its roots, for most of the ailments. The body of clinical evidence for the effectiveness of homeopathy continues to accumulate. Several research studies have shown overall that three quarters of the chronically ill patients reported that they felt ‘moderately better’ or ‘much better’. A number of rigorous clinical trials have shown homeopathy superior to placebo; others have shown it to have effects similar to conventional treatments.

The safest method of treatment

Homeopathy is safe. Unlike other medication, homeopathic medicines are non-toxic and harmless and do not have any adverse side effects. Patients unable to use conventional prescription drugs due to side effects can often safely use homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines are natural, prepared from minute amounts of herbs, minerals and animal products. Their quality and safety are assured by the national medicine agencies based on European Union legislation and European Pharmacopoeia requirements. They are suitable for pregnant women, infants and children without worrying about the dosage.

Affordable and Reachable to all

Homeopathic medicines are much less expensive than conventional prescription drugs, because they are generic, non-patented and non-patentable medicinal substances, produced at low costs. The long-term gain has been demonstrated by several research studies. They show that patients who were treated with homeopathy used fewer medications, had better health, fewer days off sick, fewer visits to medical specialists, less time in the hospital than patients of conventional physicians. Moreover, there are no costs associated with complications due to adverse medication effects. In other words, homeopathy may offer significant cost savings to public health bodies, and to the economy more widely.

Although homeopathic remedies are generally considered by practitioners to be very safe and effective, there are several things to be aware of when taking homeopathic remedies:

  • Homeopathic remedies taken under the supervision of trained professionals are considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.
  • Patients occasionally report feeling worse for a short period when they begin taking homeopathic remedies before they start feeling better.
  • Some liquid homeopathic remedies may contain alcohol. No adverse side effects from alcohol levels have been reported to the FDA.
  • Although homeopathic remedies are not known to interfere with conventional medication, it is recommended that patients discuss their homeopathic remedy usage with each of their health care providers.