About Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

'Homeo' and 'pathy' are Greek words for 'similar' 'suffering' and represent the ancient principle that 'like cures like'.  Homeopathy is a therapy developed from a German doctor's experiments in giving small doses of substances which can create similar symptoms to the patient's complaint.   More details   Watch BBC QED's 'Magic or Medicine' 1991

How are homeopathic medicines made?

Homeopathic medicines are prepared by professional homeopathic pharmacies (I order from Helios) where the original substance is ground (triturated), diluted and shaken (potentised) many times in water and ethanol.  Homeopathic treatments come in the form of pleasant tasting dissolving pills or liquid drops which are often called 'homeopathic remedies'.  More information

How does homeopathy work?

The exact mechanism of action is unknown but the effect of treatment appears to trigger the body to counteract the medicine and cancel its own symptoms naturally and gently.  Treatment is tailored to the individual's needs. 

Luc Montaigner's recent research into high dilutions noted that "High dilutions are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water molecules which mimic the original molecules."

What does a homeopath do?

A homeopath notes the symptoms of the body and personal characteristics and sensitivities to match these with the characteristics, sensitivities and symptoms of relevant homeopathic remedies.   There are several thousand homeopathic remedies and up-to-date homeopathic software (I use MacRepertory) is used to select a relevant remedy and potency(power or strength)At the follow-up appointment changes in symptoms are monitored and the remedy or potency may be adjusted.  

What evidence is there that homeopathy works?:  Latest Homeopathy Research and News

What happens during treatment?

Homeopaths notice that after taking the remedy some patients experience a period of well being and optimism. Sometimes however, symptoms can appear to get worse for a short time - this is often a good sign that the remedy is taking effect. Sometimes a cold, rash or some form of discharge may appear as a 'spring cleaning' effect. Similarly, old symptoms can reappear, usually for a short period.  It is useful to make some notes as changes occur to take to the follow-up appointment.

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