What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy a system of medicine developed in the 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Unlike conventional medicine where drugs are given to work against the body and its symptoms, homeopathic medicines work by reinforcing the body's own natural healing capacity.
In medicine, there are two basic ways for treating illness (i) the way of opposites (ii) the way of similars. Consider a patient with a cough. The way of opposite is to use anti-cough medications that suppress the cough. The way of similars (homeopathy) is to give a medicine to help the body recover from the cough. A homeopathic substance that will cause a cough in a healthy person can cure a similar cough and restore health in the ill patient.
In homeopathy, your uniqueness is very important. Using our cough example, conventional medicine treats all coughs alike. In homeopathy, how you uniquely express the cough is important to your treatment, as are the other symptoms associated with your cough. All of the symptoms you experience are important in helping select the correct homeopathic medicine for you.
Homeopathic medicines are made from plants, animal or mineral preparations, which are very dilute. After taking the homeopathic substance, your symptoms may become worse before they improve. The worsening is usually a good sign that the medicine is working and your body is trying to restore your health.
What are the Benefits
Homeopathic medicine is very effective at treating the cause of your illness, as it supports your body's own ability to heal itself. It is a very gentle and safe form of medicine that is very easy to take. Homeopathy is also safe to take with pharmaceutical drugs.
What are the forms of Homeopathic medicine?
Homeopathic medicine is available in a variety of different forms, including sugar pellets of various sizes, tablets, liquids, creams, and salves. Most often, the pellets, tablets, and liquids or taken sublingually or diluted in water.
Common conditions treated with Homeopathy
The list is quite extensive as homeopathy has the ability to restore physical, mental, and emotional balance and achieve optimal health.
Anxiety and depression
Colds, flus and coughs
Acute or chronic conditions - for example a sprain to osteoarthritis
Fatigue or difficulties concentrating
Storage and Use
Avoid coffee, camphor, mint, perfume, strong odours, essential oils, or recreational drugs since these substances are known to antidote the effects of many homeopathic medicines
Store your homeopathic medicine away from light, strong odours and extreme heat or cold.
Take your medicine at least 10 minutes before or after eating or drinking since food and drinks may interfere with its activity.
Do not touch the pellets with your hands. Gently tap 2-3 pellets into the lid and then toss them into your mouth so they can dissolve under your tongue. If you have liquid homeopathic medicine, take 2-3 squirts under your tongue.
Take your homeopathic medicine ONLY as prescribed.