What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that uses dilute forms of medicines or remedies. These remedies are natural substances primarily made from plants, minerals or animals. Since the remedies are diluted multiple times they are very safe. And these remedies, when chosen properly, help stimulate your body to heal itself.
Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars, from Hippocrates time, that “like cures like.” This means a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause the similar sickness in a healthy person. For example, when you peel an onion, your eyes start to burn and water, you might start sneezing and your nose starts running. If you had similar symptoms during an allergy attack or cold, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing the homeopathic medicine Allium cepa (red onion) would help the body heal itself (1).
Samuel Hahnemann discovered homeopathy over 200 hundred years ago in Germany, while testing the Law of Similars on himself. Homeopathy is still widely used throughout Europe today; in fact, the Queen of England’s family doctor is a homeopathic physician (1).
What should I expect during my visit?
Your initial homeopathic intake will last approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. It will consist of questions getting to know you as a whole person. Everything from the symptoms you are experiencing, your mental and emotional picture, to how you sleep and what foods you crave are important in assessing what remedy fits you best. The better I understand you, the better I can individualize a single remedy for you specifically.
Why does it take so long?
Unlike conventional medicine, if 10 people come in with headaches, it is likely they will all leave with a different homeopathic remedy. This goes back to the Law of Similars, because the goal is to find the remedy that is most similar to how you are experiencing the disease. Since we are all different and everyone experiences things differently, everyone will receive a homeopathic that is individualized specially to them.
How long until I get better?
It depends how long you have had your current imbalance. If it is acute, meaning the common cold, flu, ear infection, the remedy will act quickly and the duration of the infection will be greatly reduced. If it is a chronic problem, such as autoimmune disease, eczema, arthritis, depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc. it can take months to years to heal. This is because it took your body many years to get to this state and it will take time to restore the body back to optimal health.
Is there scientific evidence supporting homeopathy?
The National Center for Homeopathy has a list of homeopathic research, which can be found by clicking here.