Homeopathy /hō·mē·ä·pə·THē/ – Noun: An advanced, effective, gentle system of holistic medicine that has been used for over two centuries on every continent.
Homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, or any other practice. It is a distinct and integral system, unto itself, with a set of guiding principles. The North American Society of Homeopaths calls it an “advanced, effective, and gentle system of holistic medicine that has been successfully used and on every continent.” Here is a video, that attempts to describe how homeopathy works, as explained through music:
Classical Homeopathy is a safe and natural therapeutic system of healing, a complimentary health care practice that offers affordable, natural substances (“remedies”) in small doses to support a patient’s well-being. Homeopathy, founded by the German physician and chemist Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s, based on a principle he observed in his practice. Hahnemann called this the principle of “like cures like.” It’s a principle you can observe in the world around you: coffee is known to give some people the jitters, but for kids who are already jittery with ADD, a cup of coffee can be calming. In homeopathy, this is called the Law of Similars. Consider the common onion. A big onion can bring tears to your eyes as you cut it open. So, as you might expect, someone who’d be helped by homeopathic onion (All-c) would have, among their symptoms, watery eyes and a runny nose. So, we see how in something that’s capable of producing certain symptoms can also be helpful in calming them.
Classical homeopathy is an individualized practice that considers the whole person holistically, including the patient’s symptoms, unique life history, condition and circumstances. The Classical Homeopath then selects a single personalized remedy in the potency that best matches the totality of a person’s symptoms. A homeopathic treatment is intended to support the symptoms to help the body restore balance and harmony, stimulating a person’s own healing response to a chronic condition or disease. In Classical Homeopathy, one homeopathic remedy is used at a time in the minimum dose to effect the desired change.
Homeopathic medicines, also known as “remedies,” may originally derive from herbs, minerals, animal products, and are now in infinitesimal doses. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Classical Homeopathy, noticed something that was strange and wonderful: a repeated process of shaking and dilution rendered the medicine more potent. Because of this dynamization effect, substances that would be hazardous in material doses could now be given without risk. Because of the extreme dilution, there is no fear of harm from the original substance. Homeopathy may be safely combined with prescription medicines of all kinds without danger.