Homeopathy was founded by Samuel Hahnemann in the late eighteenth century (1755-1843). He became interested in this idea because he thought that medical systems cures were too harsh and did more harm than good.
How does Homeopathy work?
Homeopathy is based on the idea that a substance that produces symptoms of sickness in healthy people when given in very diluted form to sick people with those same symptoms will have a curative effect. It is believed that these remedies stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. A homeopathic dose enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory processes in fighting the disease.
Each homeopathic treatment is tailored towards the patient’s individual needs. Two people who have the same symptoms may have a different treatment depending on a series of questions relating to diet, lifestyle and the nature of the illness. Because the medicines are so diluted they are considered non toxic and have minimal side effects. Even children can benefit from these treatments.
Homeopathic remedies have been found to be effective is handling various conditions such as: circulatory problems, respiratory, heart disease, depression and nervous disorders, migraines, allergies, arthritis and diabetes. It can be used for both acute and chronic illnesses.
The purpose of homeopathy is to restore the body to a healthy balance. The symptoms of a disease is the body’s own defensive attempt to correct the imbalance.
Homeopathy is very popular in Europe and pharmacists in France are required to have homeopathic remedies available along with more traditional prescriptions. In the UK homeopathic hospitals and clinics are part of their health care system. It is practised in many other countries as well. Homeopathy was restricted in the US after the formation of the American Medical Association who tried to close down and restrict alternative practices. However it has started to become used again since the 60s and is becoming increasingly popular There have been a number of studies done on homeopathic medicine. One of the most celebrated is the British Medical Journal’s large analysis over 25 years published in 1991 which found evidence was sufficient to establish homeopathy as a regular treatment for certain indications.