What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a full system of natural medicine that can be used to treat any person – from babies to elderly, including the immuno-compromised – as well as both pets and livestock. Homeopathy connects with the vital force of the individual in a way that encourages movement toward vitality and the body’s capability of healing and protecting itself.
Homeopathy became very popular in the early 1900 for its success with epidemics, in particular in the treatment of the Spanish Flu. It was developed more than 200 years ago by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, and it’s still being used today by more than 500 million people worldwide. It is FDA approved and regulated and until the mid-1900s was used in American hospitals.
Unlike conventional medicine, homeopathy approaches good health in a holistic way – taking account of the whole person and not just the symptoms or ‘disease’. The fundamental principle is that ‘like cures like’ – leading us to select a remedy made from a natural substance which would usually produce the very symptoms being shown, but in a tiny dose which has been ‘potentized’ to be effective.
A simple example might be that a homeopathic dose of Allium Cepa (made from onions) could help someone who has watering eyes and a streaming nose – exactly the symptoms we experience when we chop an onion.
Homeopathy is incredibly affordable, making healthcare accessible for many; it has no side effects, it works very quickly and effectively, and requires no prescription.
The Homeopathic Approach
Conventional or allopathic medicine works AGAINST the disease and its symptoms using ‘anti’ drugs – you’ll be familiar with vocabulary which talks about ‘fighting’ disease or ‘killing’ pain. Homeopathy, by contrast, observes the symptoms as the body’s attempt to heal itself. Homeopathy treats an individual with a specific set of symptoms, rather than battling a disease generally. Put simply, the symptoms define the appropriate homeopathic remedy.
How Does It Work?
Homeopathy works by stimulating the body’s own natural healing capacity. The remedy triggers the body’s own healing forces, so a remedy is prescribed on a very individual basis. A homeopath will note physical, mental and emotional symptoms, together with all the factors that make the person feel better or worse. Is the pain better with cold or heat? Does the person feel worse if they move or sit still? From an extensive picture of the person, a homeopath can then select a remedy which best matches the picture.
HP (Homeoprophylaxis) is a subset of Homeopathy that works to educate the immune system in reducing susceptibility against serious infectious diseases. It is done by using specific homeopathic remedies in a specific order and schedule.
It is a safer, more natural and more sustainable approach to infectious illness prevention.