Is a natural form of medicine used to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Dating back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) it is based on the Law of Similars, which states that ‘Like Cures Like’.
The name Homeopathy is derived from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’ and was coined by German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann in the 1790s when he put the Law of Simliars into practice to reduce the damaging side-effects associated with conventional medical treatments. Through his research, he found that which a substance is capable of causing it is also capable of curing. Based on the assumption that the body knows what it is doing and that symptoms are its way of taking action to overcome illness, Hahnemann’s work demonstrated that medicine, similar in nature to the cause of a condition, acts as a stimulus to the body’s automatic healing response, giving it the vital encouragement it needs to complete its own healing. From these principles the foundations of Homeopathy as it is practiced today were formed.
A Homeopath selects the most appropriate remedy for their patient based on the individual’s specific symptoms, and takes a holistic view of body and mind that honours the patient’s own healing process. The first sign of the body healing from the remedy taken is in fact an increase in the strength of the symptoms, as it is an indication of the illness being cured from within.
The holistic nature of homeopathy treatment means an individual is treated as unique, their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease. When used appropriately and under the guidance of a qualified Homeopath, homeopathic remedies can be taken by people of all ages, including babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Homeopathic remedies and flower essences are similar in that they are both based on energetic rather than biochemical principals and they are both diluted. Homeopathic remedies are diluted and shaken, through the process called succession, which increases their power to treat symptoms. Flower essences are made exclusively from the flower, whereas homeopathic remedies can be made from a variety of plant parts, mineral or animal substances.
Many homeopaths also recommend flower essences as a remedy for their patients.