Homeopathy has a holistic approach to healing with the aim being to cure an illness or disorder by treating the whole person rather than just concentrating on the symptom/s. The overall health of the patient, particularly their psychological and emotional wellbeing, are taken into consideration. A Homeopath takes note of the symptoms displayed and takes the time and effort to explore and discover other indications or signs of disorder both related and unrelated to the disorder or problem the person presented with. This is because illness is a sign of disorder or imbalance within the body.
In theory, the entire make-up of a person determines the type of disorders to which the individual is prone. A Homeopathic remedy may be suitable for both the characteristics, symptoms and temperament of an individual patient. Therefore, although two patients may present with the same illness they may be offered different remedies according to their personality, individual nature and psychological make-up.
One homeopathic remedy may be used to treat different groups of ailments and symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies are based on the concept that ‘like cures like’. This is a philosophy that can be traced back to the 5th Century BC when first formulated by Hippocrates. (Hippocrates, the Greek physician, is regarded as the founding father of all medicine. Hippocrates was of the belief that disease resulted from natural elements in the world in which people lived. He believed that any cure should encourage a person’s own innate healing power.) This idea sparked the interest of German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in the early 1800’s.
Modern homeopathy is based upon the work and theories of Dr Hahnemann. He went on to experiment and study extensively, conducting numerous trials (called ‘provings’) giving minute doses of substances to healthy people and recording the symptoms produced. These very diluted remedies were administered to people with illnesses, most often with encouraging positive results.
Homeopathic medicines are derived from plants, minerals and animal sources and are used in extremely diluted amounts. The remedies are made into tablets and can also be used in the form of solutions, powders, ointments, suppositories and the like.
Homeopathic theory dictates that during the process of healing, symptoms are redirected from more important to less important body systems; healing takes place from the innermost to outermost parts of the body; and more recent symptoms disappear first. This is known as the ‘Law of direction of cure’.
Occasionally a person’s symptoms may initially become worse directly after a homeopathic remedy is administered, although this is generally short-lived. This occurrence is known as a ‘healing crisis’. This may indicate that a ‘change’ is coming about and quick improvement is likely.