One Definition of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a safe and effective system of holistic health care developed approximately 200 years ago. Relatively obscure at this time in the United States, homeopathy has continued to enjoy growth and success on a worldwide basis since its creation. Developed with the objective of a rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, the practice of homeopathy is based on the use of specific principles.
Homeopathic treatment is individualized based on all of the symptoms the person is experiencing; the remedy is selected according to the principle of like cures like. Many of us have felt relief from hot drinks or soup when we had a fever; we may have seen parched animals lick a salt block. And anyone who has chopped onions has felt burning eyes, streaming tears and a burning nasal discharge. Applying the principle of like cures like, the homeopathic remedy made from red onions (Allium Cepa) is used for precisely these symptoms.
The homeopath doesnít need to know the red, burning eyes are an allergic reaction to a particular substance or the name of a virus to which the client has been exposed. The homeopath simply needs to know all of the symptoms the client is experiencing -- mentally, emotionally and physically. With this information, the homeopath can choose the remedy which is most similar to the individualís state from a holistic (mental, emotional, & physical) perspective, and use like to cure like.
The selected remedy uses a minute dose to assure gentle action and eliminate side effects. Homeopathic remedies work by rousing the bodyís own natural systems to restore health. And because homeopathy works through these natural defenses and life force, it is these elements which actually impact health. Homeopathy simply provides the support to do so.