How homoeopathy works

Homoeopathy (often spelled homeopathy) is a complete medical system and is capable of treating people on all levels of existence: mind and body, emotions and spirit. It works according to the ‘law of similars’, often described as ‘like curing like’.  

The idea of curing by similars is an ancient one and is mentioned as a therapeutic method by Hippocrates around the 4th century BC. The physician Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus von Hohenheim, usually known as Paracelsus (1493-1541), and often referred to as the father of modern medicine, used similars in his treatments, as did the later Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689). However the complete medical system called homoeopathy is the result of the work of the great genius, physician and chemist, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).

Homoeopathy is gentle and works with your body’s own healing capabilities. Because your remedy is carefully chosen on the principle of ‘like curing like’ to match your condition, it is capable of producing symptoms that are similar to the symptoms you complain of.

This may at first seem strange, but homoeopaths see the symptoms of disease as evidence of the body’s attempt to remove whatever is actually making you ill, Your symptoms are always your body’s best attempt at fighting off the disease that underlies them.

When we ‘catch’ a cold, the temperature we suffer, the running nose, the sneezing and the coughing which we find so distressing are actually evidence that the body has marshalled its healing resources to drive off our infection.  

Homoeopaths recognise that often only a very slight further ‘push’ with similar symptoms is required to establish a return to health. People often find it surprising that just one tablet may be prescribed following a consultation. Sometimes, though, the push may need to be a little harder and so a course of tablets may be required.

Because homoeopathic remedies are prescribed in much smaller doses than conventional medicines, they are safe, for babies, toddlers and children as well as adults of all ages.

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