What is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a form of medicine that has been in existence for over two hundred years. Over that time it has survived remarkably unchanged, a testament to its sound principles, as well as to the positive experience of countless thousands of patients. Homoeopathy has three grand principles:- The Law of Similars, the concept of the whole person and the minimum dose. These principles are explained below.
The Law of Similars
The first principle of homoeopathy, the Law of Similars, states that in order to alleviate an illness, it is only necessary to give a treatment which can cause symptoms similar to those displayed by the suffering patient. You might think, by giving a treatment which mimics the symptoms, that the patient would surely get worse. In practice however, a minute dose of the similar remedy does the very opposite: - rather than making things worse, the remedy stimulates, reinvigorates and revitalises the health of the patient, thus enabling the symptoms to improve.
The Whole Person
An essential part of the homoeopathic approach is that you always aim to see the patient as an individual, rather than as just another case of disease. This holistic approach is necessary because, in reality, all medicines (and all diseases) act upon the whole person, rather than upon just one part of the patient. We can confirm this by observing our results: - after a successful homeopathic remedy, patients often report unexpected improvements in their general health (for example, sleep, appearance, appetite and energy), as well as experiencing an increase in their mental and emotional well-being.
The Minimum Dose
All homoeopaths know, from daily experience, how sensitive the body is to unbelievably tiny doses of the similar medicine. The minimum dose, one of the homoeopathy’s central tenets, means it is an extremely safe form of medicine. Because all our remedies are so thoroughly diluted, we are able to avoid entirely the problems associated with conventional pharmaceutical medicines, such as addiction, side-effects and toxicity. This is of great reassurance, especially when treating the very young and the very sick.