What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was devised and developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th Century. Its roots, however, go back much further, through Medical Science, Alchemy, Herbalism to the indigenous healing and divination systems that we call Shamanism.
Homeopathic medicine is not always easy to practise but its principles are very simple: The first principle is the Law of Similars, or ‘Like Cures Like’. This is based on the concept that the organism is always attempting to heal itself. Homeopathy seeks to harness this self healing tendency by stimulating and supporting the ‘defence mechanism’ rather than taking over from it.
Secondly, in order to achieve this self healing process, we simply administer a substance that produces similar symptoms in a healthy person, for example a patient suffering from hay fever with sneezing and burning in the nose may be given a remedy made from onions.
In other words, by amplifying the essential symptoms of the complaint, we stimulate the defence system to wake up and fight back.
Lastly Hahnemann discovered that you don’t need toxic doses of a substance to achieve this effect.
Indeed, by diluting and vigorously shaking a solution of any given remedy we can still alert the body’s defence system without any danger of side effects or poisoning.
Although some may find these ideas far fetched, the fact is that Homeopathy continues to thrive after more than 200 years and, furthermore, it is recognised by the World Health Organisation as the second most widely used therapeutic system in the world.
What are the advantages of homeopathy?
Patients are treated as unique individuals. Rather than labelling you as suffering from ‘such and such’ a disease, a Homeopath will listen to your story and respond in a relaxed and non-judgmental way.
Homeopathic remedies work without side effects, in harmony with the body’s own healing powers.
Homeopaths take all aspects of a person into account when making a diagnosis, therefore physical symptoms, emotions, sleep patterns and even family dynamics are considered before a prescription is made.
Homeopathic medicines are prepared in a way that doesn’t deplete natural resources or harm the environment.
“The Physician's highest and only calling is to restore the sick to health, to cure, as it is called.”
Thus spoke Samuel Hahnemann in the opening paragraph of “The Organon of Medicine”, in which he describes the principles and practice of homeopathy.
It is these principles that are the guiding light of our teaching and practice. Using Hahnemann’s work as our foundation we draw upon his inspiration and the developments of his successors, from the early 19th Century to the present day, to provide a sound philosophical basis for the practice of homeopathy.