Jane Gathercole BSc (Hons) RSHom
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a gentle and complete system of medicine, used by over 200 million people worldwide, to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ – a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, but when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms. This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine. The stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollen can be prescribed to de-sensitise allergic patients. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
Homeopathic medicines are used in ultra high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic. They are manufactured using a process combining serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) known as potentisation. After dilution the medicine is added to a carrier in a tablet or liquid form. Homeopathic medicines are safe for everyone to use including babies and pregnant or breastfeeding women. They can also be used in conjunction with orthodox medication.
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