Homeopathy is an increasingly popular system of natural medicine. For more than 200 years, it has been used worldwide by individuals seeking a safe, effective way to treat illness and improve their health.
While conventional medicine seeks to control the symptoms of a condition or illness, homeopathy regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. The homeopath treats the root cause of an illness and stimulates the immune system, helping the body naturally restore balance and health.
Homeopathy is one part of the spectrum of treatment defined as “naturopathy.” A homeopath concentrates his or her years of study on one method of healing, whereas a naturopath studies a variety of natural healing techniques.
Because each person manifests a disease in a slightly different way, homeopathic treatment will vary from each individual who appear to share identical symptoms. A homeopathic medicine is taken to stimulate a healing response that is specific to each individual. In homeopathic treatment, a person may not take homeopathic medicines on an ongoing basis.
Homeopathic medicines are based on the principle of “like cures like”: a substance that can cause symptoms of disease in a healthy person can be taken in a diluted microdose to cure a sick person suffering from similar symptoms. For example, many people experience stinging, watering eyes and a runny nose when chopping onions. So those persons suffering from hay fever experiencing the same symptoms will gradually relieve their discomfort by taking homeopathic microdoses of Allium Cepa (red onion).