What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a 'treatment' based on the use of highly diluted substances, which practitioners claim can cause the body to heal itself. It is considered a alternative or complimentary approach to medicine and healing and as such should not be considered as a stand alone. It is based on a series of ideas developed in the 1790s by a German doctor named Samuel Hahnemann.

Homeopathy should not be compared with herbal medicine. Over 200 million people worldwide use this natural form of medicine to treat conditions including those which may be considered acute or chronic.
The emphasis of this alternative medicine is that ‘Like cures Like’. The belief being that a substance taken in small amounts will attack and cure the symptoms of larger amounts. whatever would cause your symptoms, will also cure those same symptoms. ‘Like-cures-like treatments' principal is that by repeatedly diluting in water the stronger the remedy will become. Vigorous shaking of a homeopathic remedy is thought to increase its potency. This shaking process was named 'succussion'. When preparing a homeopathic remedy, the homeopath will shake or tap the preparation at each stage of dilution.

The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease.No two people or their symptoms or healing being the same as another. The homeopath will look closely at factors and the individuals specific symptoms along with their own ability to heal and select the most appropriate medicine for that person and the background. The idea being to stimulate the healing process. Homeopathic medicines are safe to use. It is only on very rare occasions they might cause side-effects. Therefore a Homeopathic practitioner is able to treat all ages from babies to the elderly even including pregnant women. It should however be noted that only a qualified homeopath be consulted and treatment should be only under their guidance.


A professional qualified Homeopathic will work in much the same way as any medic. They will take a detailed history of the person, they may examine if necessary and look at the symptoms which may include questions to investigate the well being of their patient. These are all necessary requirements to establish the diagnosis and the way forward. As stated each patient is considered an individual therefore each treatment may differ as the whole person is taken into consideration. No two illnesses being the same is the approach as each individuals experiences will differ. The professional Homeopath will also question in detail general lifestyle and even eating habits. Your personality and sleep patterns as well as your medical history will be analysed to form a complete picture of you the person. This will help to prescribe the correct strength and style of medicine for each individual person. It is important that adequate time is made for the first consultation. This can take anything from one hour to two hours. From there follow up appointments will be necessary. It is helpful to make notes before attending the initial appointment although sometimes a questionnaire may be given for completion.

The Homeopath will at the end of the appointment prescribe medicine with clear instructions of how it is to be used.
Like with any medicine this would be considered for your use only and not to be transferred to anyone else as it is based on each individual person and their needs.