Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that can be used for a wide range of complaints. Physical and emotional factors in our everyday lives can contribute to illness and poor health. Our bodies automatically try to heal themselves and homeopathy builds and supports on this natural tendency.
During a homeopathic consultation a homeopath will talk to you about all areas of your health, whether physical, emotional or mental. You will then be given a corresponding remedy to stimulate your body into getting back in balance. Remedies are usually derived from plant, animal or mineral sources.
Homeopathy is an extremely effective, gentle system of medicine whose origins date back over 200 years although its fundamental underlying principles would have been familiar to the ancient Greeks.
One of these founding principles is the law of similars, namely that a substance that can cause an illness can also cure it. Most people are familiar with the concept of the hair of the dog, in that something that can cause your symptoms i.e. a hangover, also has the potential to fix it.
The law of similars or the idea that “like cures like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) who, interestingly, also thought that symptoms specific to an individual should be taken into account before making a diagnosis.
However, it was a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who really focused on the idea of curing like with like which subsequently led to him devising the system of medicine we know as homeopathy.
Hahnemann trained in medicine and chemistry and it was while working as a doctor in the late 18th century that he became dissatisfied with the conventional medical practices of his day.
He was investigating the effects of various medicinal substances on himself and other healthy volunteers when he realised that an illness could be treated with a very small amount of a substance that, in larger quantities, could cause that illness.
In order to avoid harmful effects from the substances he diluted them until he reached the greatest dilution that would still provoke a response.