Homeopathy is a system of medicine over 200 years old based on the principle of Like Cures Like. This means that a substance that can cause particular symptoms in a healthy person can cure a sick person with similar symptoms. The best way to explain this is to give some simple examples.
What is Homeopathy?
When we drink too much coffee we can suffer from restlessness, anxiety and insomnia.
The homeopathic remedy made from coffee (Coffea tosta) is one of our main remedies to treat sleeplessness, especially where the person cannot get to sleep because of too much mental activity.
When we cut up onions we often experience watering of our eyes and sneezing.
The remedy made from the onion (Allium cepa) is often used successfully to treat hayfever symptoms and also colds where there is a lot of watery discharge from eyes and nose.
Homeopathic remedies are derived from mineral, plant and even animal sources (e.g. snake venoms) but in minute non-toxic doses and in their preparation undergo a process known as potentisation. This means that a substance is serially diluted accompanied by a process of succussion or vigorous shaking. This raises the efficacy of the remedy whilst reducing its harmful and undesired effects.
Through a process of deep case taking, the homeopath will match a person's symptoms with those of a remedy which will catalyse a healing response.