Homeopathy. Centuries Old, Nothing New...
Homeopathy is a system of natural heath care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. Homeopathy was first discovered by a German Physician, Samuel Hahnemann who was born in 1755. Now, the World Health Organization recognizes it as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. While it is most popular in India and South America, over thirty million people in Europe, and millions of others around the world, also benefit from its use. Homeopathy can be broken down into three key components.
Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health. Medicines are recommended based on all levels of your being- spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.
Like Cures Like
The word homeopathy is derived from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’ which is referring to the ‘like cures like’ principle of healing. The human body knows what it is doing and has an automatic healing response. Using medicine to increase the strength of the symptoms will allow for the disease to be cured from within by pushing past and present symptoms outwards along the established routes. Medicines are tested on healthy human subjects to discover the emotional, mental, and physical outcomes. Symptoms that arise in a healthy individual signify the curative powers the medicine will have on a disease with similar symptoms.
Homeopathic medicine is given in the minimum dose to initiate the body’s internal healing process. This is extremely significant because the medicine will not produce gross side effects and is non-addictive. Minimal dosage is obtained through the process of dilution. Each time the active ingredients are diluted the medicine becomes more effective. This allows homeopathic medicine to be gentle and subtle yet still powerful. On a drug ingredient panel, the active ingredient will be followed by a number, then a “C” (1:100 dilution ratio) or an “X” (1:10 dilution ratio). This number (“12X”) represents how many times the ingredient has been diluted and potentiated.