Homeopathy is a safe, holistic system of medicine that stimulates the natural healing force of the body. In use for over 200 years, since its discovery by Dr Samuel Hahnemann in Germany, homeopathy follows the principle of ‘like cures like’. If a particular substance can cause specific symptoms in a healthy individual, that same substance can cure an individual suffering from those same symptoms.
The aim of homeopathy is to strengthen the body’s immune system so that the body can heal itself by overcoming the symptoms that are causing discomfort or distress. When the appropriate remedy is matched and given to the patient, the body is stimulated to heal itself. As a form of medicine, homeopathy is safe for use with everyone, including young children and babies as well as pregnant women and the elderly.
Homeopathic remedies are made from a variety of natural substances – mostly plants and minerals. These substances are repeatedly diluted until they reach a safe, non-toxic level suitable for use as a remedy. This is not to be confused with herbal medicine which uses many of the same plants but does not follow the homeopathic dilution process. Hahnemann developed homeopathy and the dilution process over 50 years, first in Germany and then in France. From France, homeopathy soon spread to England where it has been used successfully for over 150 years. Indeed a homeopath has served as the primary physician for the royal family for over 100 years.