What is Homeopathy?
The word homeopathy is derived from the Greek words homo meaning "similar", and pathos meaning "suffering". Homeopathy is a natural holistic healing modality that uses extreme dilutions of substances from nature to stimulate a healing response. It is a system of medicine discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, whereby an element that would cause symptoms in a healthy person, is given in minute doses to someone suffering from those symptoms, to affect a cure. A basic principle of homeopathy is that each human being has vital force, which determines good health. With the gentle prodding of the appropriate homeopathic remedy, this vital force comes into balance and health is restored.
Homeopathy is the oldest medical system in the modem scientific world. Today it is actively pursued all over the world. It is especially popular in Europe, South America, and India. For over a century, the British Royal Physician has been a homeopath. Homeopathy is also a superb method of self care for everyday conditions such as the common cold and flu. Homeopathy has been of tremendous value in reversing diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, bronchial asthma, epilepsy, skin eruptions, allergic conditions, mental or emotional disorders, especially if applied at the onset of disease.
The Homeopathic Remedy
Homeopathic remedies are, for the most part, classified by the FDA as OTC (over-the-counter).
Homeopathic remedies are extremely safe. They are taken from the natural world plants, minerals, and animals. The homeopathic remedies are usually prepared through a process of diluting with pure water or alcohol and successions (vigorous shaking). Homeopathic solutions can be diluted to such an extent that literally no molecules of the original substance remain in the remedy. Yet, in homeopathy, the more dilute it gets the more potent it becomes. Homeopathic remedies have no side effects, do not interfere with the action of pharmaceutical medicines, and are safe to use during pregnancy. A classical homeopath prescribes a single dose of one remedy at a time. By homeopathic principle, only a single remedy can be prescribed at a time and not a mixture of them. A followup after four to five weeks will determine the action of the single dose. In my practice, I use only handmade remedies. Though they cost more, they are very clean and precise.
During your homeopathic treatment some restrictions may apply to each patient, and may vary by individual case. The common restrictions are coffee, peppermint, recreational drugs, camphor, and all menthols.