Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a form of alternative medicine often included in a holistic healing system of treatment. Derived from the Greek words homoios meaning "similar" and pathos meaning "disease" or "suffering,” homeopathy means "to treat with a remedy that produces an effect similar to the disease or suffering." Homeopathic medicine uses very small doses of remedies that are prepared from substances found in nature such as herbs, minerals, plants and animals.
Dr. Hahnemann’s principles are based on the same thinking that created vaccinations. Vaccines such as those used for influenza cause a reaction in the body that protects against the actual disease. He also maintained that the more diluted a remedy is, the more potent it is and that the remedies actually work more effectively. In actuality, diluted homeopathic remedies may have no chemical trace of the initial ingredient. Homeopathic physicians and practitioners contend that although the substance is highly diluted, the electromagnetic energy of the original material is preserved, while harmful side effects of the remedy are eliminated. This bioelectrical communication thereby stimulates the body to heal itself.
Homeopathic medicine also operates on the principle that illness is specific to each person. As the emotional and mental components of the illness are just as significant as the physical symptoms, a detailed case history is important. A homeopathic practitioner will gather information about the individual regarding not only the specific details of the illness but also about their lifestyle, eating patterns and character traits before choosing a remedy.
Homeopathic medicine views illness or disease as the body’s instinctive protective effort to rectify any imbalance instead of as an adversary to be conquered. Therefore, a homeopathic practitioner will select a therapy devised to encourage the body’s innate healing abilities with the intent is to restore the body to its natural healthy balance.
Carina Bachman / CrystalSpringsHealing.com