Homeopaths believe that there is a "vital force" that regulates the body and maintains it in a state of well-being. If this force is put under strain illness can result, and Homeopaths see symptoms of illness as an indication that the body is using its natural self-healing abilities to fight back. Homeopathy attempts to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities rather than suppress symptoms.
There are two main laws that further make up the theory of homeopathy, namely the Law of Similars and the Law of Potentisation. The former is based on the principle that "like cures like", and says that a patients' symptoms will determine the remedy needed to activate the self-healing capability of their vital force. Remedies are derived from substances that cause symptoms similar to those of the illness, e.g. Eyebright is an irritant herb used to sooth sensitive eyes. The principle of "like cures like" can be found in the writings of Hippocrates dating from the 5th century BC, and has been applied through the ages in folklore, such as rubbing chilblains with snow. However it was Samuel Hahnemann who rediscovered this principle in the late 18th century and developed Homeopathy. The Law of Potentisation says that diluting doses repeatedly makes the remedy not only safe to take but also increasingly potent, in fact remedies may contain nothing of the original substance!
Remedies are made from plant, animal, and mineral extracts, which are processed to form the "mother tincture". One drop of the mother tincture is repeatedly diluted in alcohol until the required potency is reached. A few drops are then added to a jar of (often) lactose tablets, and the jar is then swirled to ensure that each tablet properly absorbs the remedy. It is these tablets that the patient takes. If you are lactose intolerant you should consult your Homeopath, as there are alternatives he/she will be able to prescribe.
The following are examples of the most common disorders treated by homeopaths around the world:
- Asthma & allergies.
- Anxiety, nervous tension, shock, depression.
- Autoimmune diseases.
- Candida & other yeast problems.
- Chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia.
- Digestive problems, Gallbladder & Liver disorders.
- Ear infections.
- Headaches & migraines.
- Heart disease.
- Hypo and hyper thyroidism.
- Menstrual & menopausal problems.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Pregnancy problems including morning sickness.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
Please note that a good homeopath will always do a thorough consultation before commencing a treatment, and will also provide advice about aftercare and homecare.
- The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro