Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of their symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to you.
It is based on the principle of “like cures like” - that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to treat those same symptoms in illness.
During an in-depth case-taking process, a homeopath will build up a picture of you, taking into account all of your symptoms and how you experience them, before prescribing.
The manufacture of homeopathic medicines involves repeated dilution and ‘succussion’ (a specific form of vigorous shaking). The raw extracts (from plants) or triturations (from minerals and salts) are made into a 'tincture' with alcohol. This is then diluted with water and succussed many times.
Homeopathic medicines have no toxic side effects and can be used safely alongside conventional medicines.
Homeopathy was founded 200 years ago by Samuel Hahnemann who was a German physician and chemist.