Conventional medicine seeks to control the symptoms of a condition or illness. For example, a hay fever sufferer is given an antihistamine to artificially dry up their runny nose and watery eyes. The symptoms may be controlled, but often there are unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation from this kind of medicine.
The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the body’s efforts to restore balance. By looking for any underlying problems that may be causing the symptoms, a homeopath seeks a long-term solution by treating the root cause, which may lead to the disappearance of symptoms. With the correct homeopathic medicine, there are no side effects and a person is restored to health naturally, with an accompanying sense of well-being.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like cures like” – that is, if a substance can cause symptoms of disease in a healthy person then it can cure a sick person suffering from similar symptoms.
Homeopathy recognizes that each person manifests his/her dis-ease in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic medicine. Unlike a “one size fits all” approach, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches the unique profile of the individual.
Finally, homeopathic treatment is not a “quick fix”; it seeks long-term solutions. A homeopath will only recommend that their patient take just enough of a homeopathic remedy to activate their body’s natural immune system and stimulate a healing response. Following this type of treatment, in time, the need for medicines is reduced or eliminated.