Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy (or homeopathic medicine) is a practice of medicine based on the principle of “like cures like” and similar to vaccination, its based on the minimum dose application. Created by the German Physician Samuel Hahnemann in 18th century, homeopathy treats individuals with highly diluted substances to trigger the body’s natural healing system. It is similar to the principle of treating a patient with ADHD by prescribing Ritalin: although Ritalin is a stimulant, it often helps people with hyperactivity issues. Homeopathic medicines are called Homeopathic Remedies and are prepared by special pharmacists using a process of dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking). Remedies are almost always based in natural ingredients.

Origins in History

Hahnemann developed homeopathic medicine as a means to reduce the damaging sideeffects associated with the medical treatment of his time, like bloodletting which basically meant causing patients to bleed copious amounts of blood in order to cure their medical conditions.

Varieties/Types

Homeopathic practitioners are sometimes versed in other forms of natural health and wellness modalities, such as Acupuncture, Ayurveda, or Traditional Chinese Medicine. Spend some time discussing the practitioner’s background and philosophy of healing to find the homeopathic practitioner who would be best suited for you.

What is care like?

Health Benefits

Homeopathic practitioners claim to be able to address a wide variety of health conditions, from acute matters such as colds and flu to more chronic issues such as allergies and hormonal problems. This style of medicine is more popular in Europe where there are hospitals dedicated to Homeopathic treatment of all their patient population.

Actions & Experiences During a Session

When you see a homeopathic practitioner for the first time, they will want to know your complete medical history as well as any current illnesses or problems you are currently experiencing. The homeopath will then make the specialized prescription for you. This first appointment can last from one to two hours. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see improvement right away. The first remedy isn’t always a home run, so the homeopath may want to try different remedies to see which works the best. A typical follow-up appointment occurs about two to four weeks after your first visit, depending on the acuteness of your symptoms.

Duration of Care

The duration of care is dependent upon how the remedies that were prescribed to you are working, how long the symptoms have been going on, and your age. Your homeopath should be able to give you a good idea of the expected duration of care.

Resources & References

NCCAM - Homeopathy

The Society of Homeopaths

ABC Homeopathy

WebMD - Homeopathy

What next?

Search Find Wellness to find licensed homeopaths in your area. To ensure you are seeing a qualified homeopath, make sure they are licensed as RSHom. The National Board of Homeopathic Examiners is the examining and certifying board for homeopathic professionals.