Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine developed
by German physician and chemist, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).
Hahnemann found that many substances, when administered to healthy
people, could produce symptoms similar to those experienced by sick
people. He also found that illnesses could be cured by using small,
specially prepared doses of these substances, if prescribed on the
basis of similarity of symptoms.
For example, coffee stimulates the nervous system and the production
of urine. A homeopathic dose of coffee can cure a patient troubled
with unusual mental activity and sleeplessness together with excessive
production of urine.
In the last 200 years the clinical effectiveness of homeopathy
has been clearly established and today homeopathy is used worldwide.
It is used in the treatment of chronic illness, acute conditions
and minor accidents requiring first aid.
How does Homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?
Conventional medicine is based primarily on the concept that diseases
are caused by harmful organisms such as bacteria and viruses. Treatment
aims to either kill these organisms or to oppose the resulting local
symptoms with drugs. Homeopathy views many symptoms in its quest
to treat underlying tendencies to ill health. In this context, mental
and emotional symptoms can sometimes play an important part in understanding
Homeopathic treatment strengthens a person's health, acting as
a catalyst, stimulating and directing the body's ability to fight
infection as well as any underlying susceptibility to disease.