Classical Homeopathy is a system of medicine, which stimulates the body’s ability to heal in the most gentle way using minute dilutions of plant, mineral and animal origin.
Homeopathy was developed in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and has been used successfully for several hundred years throughout the world. He discovered that his patients responded well to diluted forms of medicinal herbs and that shaking with each dilution made the preparations more effective.
The name homeopathy is derived from the Greek word homoios (like) and pathos (disease or suffering). One main tenant of homeopathy is that “Like cures like’. When a person is ill, his symptoms are noted by a homeopath who then gives small doses of a remedy that, if given to a healthy person, would produce similar symptoms.
Homeopathy is based on The Law of Similars where the client’s symptoms are carefully matched with the action of the remedy. The remedy’s action was found both through traditional wisdom of a substance’s healing power and by “provings” which are experiments to determine the remedy’s effect on people.
What is unique and most useful about Homeopathy is that it stimulates healing and balance Homeopathy can help us get unstuck from old patterns and open us up to new ones (more)
Hahnemann noticed in his practice that there was a pattern by which patients repeatedly suffered from the same acute diseases (bronchitis, indigestion, earaches, etc.) This led to his understanding that each person had a susceptibility to certain types of illness, which he called their constitution.
This susceptibility can be inherited or acquired through poor lifestyle habits, upbringing, or diet. Homeopathy does not focus on disease alone to be treated, but the person. It is not the external factor that is the true cause of disease, but the person’s susceptibility to what is happening in their environment. Many people may be exposed to a virus, but only some will develop a cold or flu. Some people will be able to handle a stressful situation well, while others will be unable to function.
The homeopathic consultation is comprehensive and covers both mental, emotional and physical changes that accompany your presenting condition. It aims to understand you as a whole and addresses sleeping habits, mental or emotional traumas, what makes you feel better or worse, how you are affected by the environment, dreams, fears, food desires/aversions, and family history. This very in depth analysis helps the homeopath to find a matching remedy.
Response to remedy is variable for each person and depends on the depth and length of their illness, whether there has been suppression from medications, their vitality, etc. Generally positive changes will be noted in several weeks or months, but deeper cure takes time.