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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 this susceptibility.

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.

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What does a visit to a Homeopath involve?

Initial consultations may take up to an hour, however simple acute complaints may only take 15 - 30 minutes. Information relating to current symptoms and past medical history will be required.

Questions may also be asked about diet, sleep, lifestyle, and about some mental and emotional aspects. Physical examinations may be required according to the particular complaint.