What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which triggers the body’s natural instinct for self repair. Homeopathy is gentle, non-toxic and free of side effects and is therefore suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly, and pregnant and breast feeding mothers. Homeopathy is used for a wide range of illnesses.
The beauty of homeopathy is that we look at the person and the individual symptoms, so that having a diagnosis is helpful but not essential. If you compare your cold, your flu, your headache or your depression to someone else’s it will probably have similarities and differences. As we are all individuals homeopaths look at all the similarities and differences and at you as a person, therefore the remedies given could be different for each person.
Homeopathy differs from herbalism, in homeopathy the materials are used in ultra high dilutions which makes them non-toxic.
When was it invented?
Homeopathy was discovered over 200 years ago. Samuel Hahnneman was a doctor but disillusioned with the medicine of his day. He abandoned medicine and made a living translating medical texts. He was translating an article on Quinine and began to wonder why quinine should cure malaria. He took a little quinine himself and discovered that this gave him all the symptoms of malaria. This illness did not last long. He found that tinier and tinier doses of quinine worked equally well and he discovered that, by giving something which mimicked an illness, the illness could be cured. He found that the smaller the dose the more effective, this is important as there would be a risk of poisoning with many substances used if they were given in substantial doses. The doses he gave were so diluted that there was no remaining particle of the original substance.
Hippocrates, born 460 BC, put forward the suggestion that ‘like cures like’, he also put forward the idea of an individual prescription for an individual person, The like cures like idea was also put forward by Galen born 130 AD, Paracelsus born 1493 and in the 17th century by Dr George Stahl.