The founder of Homeopathy was the German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who said that healing is an art and not a mechanical routine
With this in mind he created an effective and very precise, but highly individualised, system of medicine, which assists the natural capacity of the body to heal itself.
Homeopathy is an energy medicine based on the principle that all disease is the result of some derangement or weakness of our vital force, which was described by Dr. Hahnemann as “the dynamis that animates the material body like an automatic self powered power, which preserves the life in living beings".
This subtle force or pranic energy can be overwhelmed by a long and continued exposure to external or internal stressors (mental,emotional or physical) or by wrong living. When this is disturbed, the person begins to show symptoms of imbalance and discomfort triggering the state of illness.
Through the administration of specifically designed remedies Homeopathy seeks to re-establish both balance and harmony to an individual's health. The sources of these remedies are all derived from naturally occurring substances, which are prepared in such a way, that they will resonate and stimulate the weakened life or vital force, thus enabling it to become strengthened once again and allow the healing process to occur from within.
In Homeopathy each individual is seen as a separate entity and person.
People get sick for individualistic reasons because each person reacts to the same stimulus differently. The source of our imbalance is not necessarily the cause, but it is how we react to the stimulus that matters, and that depends on our susceptibility, in other words the capacity and intensity of our reactions to mental, emotional and physical stimuli.
This means that dis-eases are nothing but the activation and consequent manifestation of the existing predispositions (=the constitution) in response to stress on any levels. In other words the dis-ease is telling us that we are not anymore in harmony with nature, be it on the physical, emotional, spiritual or mental level.
The totality of the person’s response under stress creates a pattern of symptoms that is unique to that person.
Homeopaths study this symptom picture and, because they seek to treat the whole person they also study carefully the medical history and the environment in which a person lives in, because the causes of imbalances can be found in any area of life.
Through the administration of minute homeopathic dilutions of specifically designed remedies made from natural sources, it aims to stimulate the individual’s innate healing process, through the vital force, in order to re –establish both balance and harmony.
The harmonious flow of the vital force needs to be re-established in order to achieve a body-mind equilibrium.
The word Homeopathy comes from the Greek words 'homo' meaning similar and 'pathos' meaning suffering.
Homeopathy is based on the ‘Law of Similars’ or the principle that ‘like cures like’: diseases are treated with remedies that in a healthy person produce symptoms similar to those of the disease but which can cure similar symptoms if given to a person who is sick .
The theory that’ like can be treated with like’ can be traced back as far Hippocrates (468-377 BC) and Aristotle and can be found also in ancient Hindu manuscripts. It was Hahnemann, however, who developed the theory into a science of healing.
Homeopathic remedies are made from a very small amount of the active ingredient, which undergoes a process of dilution and succussion.
Because we all react differently, the remedy is always chosen individually and the prescription which would benefit one person might not be adequate for another person with the same problem. Symptoms are individualistic and for instance somebody with a headache might have symptoms of nausea and irritability too, while another subject could show other symptoms like backache and fatigue. The chosen remedies to treat the ‘headache’ would therefore be different for each person.
Homeopathic remedies can work on the physical, emotional and mental level of the person simultaneously and, because we are all different, the timing of and the reaction itself to the remedy will vary from person to person.
The homeopathic medicines are non-addictive.
They are prepared in licensed laboratories and come in pills, tablets, powders, granules or in liquid form.
Anybody could benefit from Homeopathy, from the children to the elderly as it can be used to address physical, as well as mental and emotional problems. It has been found to be useful in
a) physical problems: * acute complaints such as colds, injuries, influenza, coughs, earaches, sore throats and fever or * chronic conditions such as digestive problems, skin conditions, menstrual imbalances and menopausal problems, asthma, migraines, back ache, high blood pressure, low energy levels, arthritis.…
b) emotional and mental issues: fears, panic attacks, depression, anger, grief, lack of confidence, performance anxiety, ADHD, addictions, shock, poor memory, stress....
The first consultation lasts about 1 ½ hrs to give the homeopath the time to collect all information pertaining to the mental, physical and emotional level of the person including the lifestyle, possible sources of stress, toxicity, dietary habits as well as the past medical history.
This information is crucial for the homeopath in allowing them to find the remedy which resonates best with the patient’s state and picture of symptoms.
Follow up appointments tend to run to about an hour during which progress is evaluated and necessary adjustments are made to the prescription.
Chronic conditions require usually a first follow up after one month but again, that comes down to the individual’s personal reactions to the prescription.