Homeopathy, derived from the theories of 19th century German physician Samuel Christian Hahnemann, is a system of medicine that supports the body’s ability to heal itself.
Three basic principles guide homeopathic treatments: (1) the notion that “like cures like,” or consuming small doses of a substance that creates similar symptoms to the cause of an ailment will produce a therapeutic effect; (2) the “law of minimum dose,” or the healing powers of a substance increase the more that it is diluted; and (3) the notion that a single remedy should treat all experienced symptoms.
A visit with a practitioner of homeopathic medicine begins with a lengthy interview, lasting up to two hours, in which the practitioner asks the client about his/her symptoms and medical, mental, and spiritual health. The practitioner then administers the individualized homeopathic remedy, typically made from plants, animals, or minerals, in the form of sugar pellets, tablets, ointments, gels, drops, or creams. Follow-up visits allow the practitioner to assess the effectiveness of the prescribed remedies.
Homeopathy is used to treat minor injuries and pains, coughs, colds, flu, anxiety, and stress.