Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a system of alternative medicine using treatments that promote the body’s ability to heal itself. The practice was developed in the late 1700s in Germany and is particularly popular in Europe and the USA.
Homeopaths attribute the origin of all illness to an imbalance of one’s ‘vital force’. This imbalance manifests as symptoms in the body, mind, and spirit. Homeopathic remedies are paired with your symptoms to restore the delicate balance of the vital force. This restoration will in turn relieve your symptoms through self-healing.
This holistic practice is used to treat a range of acute and chronic conditions, and is based on the principle that “like cures like”. In other words, homeopaths believe that if a substance causes symptoms in a healthy person, the same substance could be used, in small doses, to cure similar symptoms in a person with a disease. By diluting these substances in water or alcohol, homeopaths believe that the resulting mixture retains a “memory” of the original substance. The properties of this remedy are believed to trigger natural healing and self-regulatory processes in the body.
Homeopaths approach treatments holistically. Each person is therefore treated individually based on their personality, lifestyle, genetics, relationships, and the progression of the respective ailment. These treatments are used to restore the balance and flow of vitality in your life, which in turn is believed to restore you to health.