What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine that was devised over 200 years ago. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’, and draws it's medicine from the animal, plant and mineral worlds.
Hippocrates, often called the Father of Medicine said there were two laws of healing: The Law of Opposites and the Law of Similars.
Conventional medicine often uses the Law of Opposites to treat illness, e.g. anti-biotics, anti-inflammatories, anti- convulsants, anti-hypertensives, anti-depressants etc.
Homeopathy uses the Law of Similars, often described as treating ‘like with like’. In other words the same substance that can cause the symptoms can be used to treat them.
For example, the substance coffee, which we all know can cause restlessness and insomnia if overused, can be prepared as a homeopathic remedy ‘Coffea’ and be used to treat insomnia and aid restful sleep.
Another example of the Law of Similars can be illustrated by the action of the well-known poison Arsenic. If you had Arsenic poisoning, you would probably experience violent diarrhoea and vomiting. The homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album is often prescribed for the symptoms of food poisoning - violent diarrhoea and vomiting.
There is no doubt that this ‘Law of Similars’ is effective, and examples of its action can be seen in conventional medicine.
How homeopathic remedies are made
Remedies are drawn from the plant, animal, and mineral worlds. Extracts from plants and animals, and triturations from minerals are taken, made into a tincture, then serially diluted in water and succussed (vigorously shaken), in a process that it is known as potentisation. Experiments have shown that the more times a substance goes through this process, the more powerful it becomes.
The serial dilution also renders the substance non-toxic, and safe for all to use, including young babies, pregnant women and the elderly.
A few drops of the tincture are then usually added to sugar pills to create the homeopathic remedy.