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Homeopathy Simply Explained

Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself.

It recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient whoneeds treatment, not the disease.  Different people react in different ways to the same illness. In order to find the correct remedy, your naturopathic physician or homeopath will need to know not only your physical symptoms but also about yourself and how your symptoms affect you.  Homeopathic remedies cannot cause side effects and you cannot become addicted to them. This is because only a very minute amount of the active ingredient is used in a specially prepared form.

What is homeopathy? In 1796 a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick, which he called homeopathy (from the Greek words meaning "similar suffering"). Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier, he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health: the way of opposites (allopathic) and the way of (homeopathic). Take for example, a case of insomnia. The allopathic way is to treat this is by giving a drug to bring on an artificial sleep. This frequently involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs, which can sometimes cause side effects or addiction. The homeopathic way is to treat insomnia by giving the patient a minute dose of a substance, which in large doses causes sleeplessness in a healthy person. Surprisingly, this will enable the patient to sleep naturally.

How does it work? Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power. This power is very great and many complaints heal themselves unaided. However, when the healing process is faulty, blocked or slow, the homeopathic remedy acts as a stimulus to the curative powers of the body.

Can I treat myself with homeopathic remedies? You can learn to use some homeopathic remedies at home. There are a number of excellent remedies, which deal effectively with first aid problems such as cuts, stings, burns, bruises, stomach aches and childhood complaints. In addition, some remedies are used preventatively to help your body effectively fight off ailments such as a cold or the flu. Mucococcinum is one such remedy, which has been shown to be an effective alternative to flu shots for some people. Ask your doctor to help you decide if you could benefit from homeopathy.