Homeopathy is a system of natural healthcare developed in Germany over 200 years ago by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. By using very small amounts of natural substances, homeopathic remedies work to stimulate the body’s own innate healing process.
Homeopathy is based on the principle “like cures like”. It comes from the original Greek, “homeo” meaning ‘similar’ and “pathy” meaning “suffering’. In order to find the correct homeopathic remedy from the 4000-5000 available remedies, a Naturopathic Physician (ND) trained in Classical Homeopathy chooses the remedy that most closely matches a patient’s total picture of symptoms, which is most ‘similar’ to his or her ‘suffering’. In other words, the ND matches the overall individual picture of the patient with the overall individual picture of the homeopathic remedy. This is called the patient’s constitutional remedy.
This constitutional remedy reacts in the patient’s body to promote overall balancing and healing in the person. Homeopathy is not used to treat any one specific symptom, but rather the whole person. As a result of this, all aspects of a person can become more balanced on all levels including the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Homeopathy can therefore balance a person with mental or emotional issues like depression or anxiety, as well as balancing someone with acute or chronic conditions such as digestive issues, skin rashes, allergies, or the common cold. It has been observed that other therapies – including diet and nutrition, and the various naturopathic treatments available – seem to work much better after homeopathic treatment.
Homeopathy does not aim to simply dull symptoms, or subdue the patient. Rather, homeopathy has the potential to work at a very deeply curative level. It can improve the overall level of functioning in patients in all aspects of life. Changes from subtle to dramatic have been observed, following the correct constitutional remedy.
Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective for patients of all ages, including children, the elderly and pregnant women. They are non-toxic, non-allergenic, and come from substances in nature. Companies that make homeopathic remedies prepare them according to FDA guidelines, and there have been studies conducted in Europe, the U.S., and around the world on the efficacy of these remedies.