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What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is that healing art and science of medicine which has been clinically developed from the principles discovered by Samuel Hahnemann and described in his treatise 'The Organon' The practice of homeopathy involves the selection and prescription of a single remedy, which through prior testing on healthy people and from clinical experience, is known to produce a similar symptom picture to that of the patient. The remedy is prescribed in the minimum dosage required to bring about healing.

Taken from ECCH Constitution p2 section 2.7


Is homeopathy the same as herbal medicine?

Homeopathic medicines are made not only from plants but from a wide range of substances, for example salt and gold. Additionally, the process of potentisation used to prepare these medicines differentiates it from herbalism where plants are used in crude doses. Furthermore, homeopathy uses the symptoms as a guide to what is sick in the person and prescribes according to the totality of the symptoms and what they reflect, whereas herbalism addresses individual or small groups of symptoms directly. The principle here is that homeopathy looks to treat the cause and herbalism, like many other therapies, treats the result.


What can homeopathy treat?

It is a very normal question to ask “Can homeopathy treat my complaint?” Why do homeopaths hesitate when answering? The reason is because homeopathy does not treat complaints. Complaints usually comprise a group of symptoms and the symptoms or even the group of symptoms are only an outward reflection or representation of the internal imbalance, which is the true suffering. So a homeopath does not treat symptoms; he uses them as a guide to understand what is truly wrong.

The answer to the question for us is, if the patient has the vitality to express symptoms that can guide to what is truly wrong, then he can be treated homeopathically, irrespective of what name has been given to his complaint.

(See article: What can homeopathy treat? By Paul Hudson)


What does ‘suitability for treatment’ mean?

A homeopathic prescription is based on symptoms, mental, emotional and physical, as these represent an outward reflection of the internal disorder. Therefore, it follows that a prescription cannot be made unless there are symptoms present. In some advanced cases of disease, a person may show insufficient symptoms for a successful prescription to be made. Symptoms can also be distorted by invasive treatments such as major surgery or by powerful medicines, such as steroids or evening primrose oil. Addiction to alcohol or drugs could also diminish the prognosis. Each case is assessed individually and the homeopath will decide on suitability according to prevailing conditions. There should always be a trusting relationship between practitioner and patient.

(See article: What is a symptom? by Suzan Dean)


What is a homeopathic remedy?

A homeopathic remedy is that substance which, through prior testing on healthy people, known as ‘proving', and from clinical experience, is known to produce a similar symptom picture to that of the patient.

The majority of remedies are prescribed in a potentised state produced by a standardised process of trituration, serial dilution and succussion known as ‘potentisation’. Potentisation increases the potential therapeutic action of remedies. A remedy is homeopathic only by virtue of its ability to produce similar symptoms in the healthy to that of the patient it is prescribed for.

Taken from ECCH Constitution p2 section 2.8


How does a homeopathic remedy work?

In order for a remedy to be effective, there are two essential factors: similarity and strength. By similar, we mean that the remedy must be capable of producing a similar set of symptoms when tested or proved on a healthy person. A medicine can only be considered a homeopathic remedy once it has been shown that it is working homeopathically according to the Law of Similars.

The notion of similarity lies in the fact that the medicine can affect a particular totality of symptoms. This affinity gives it the power to effect change. Thus the medicine can both produce symptoms in a proving or remove them during the healing process.

Strength, in homeopathy, is termed potency. This means that the power of the remedy can be adjusted to be stronger than the natural illness and, in this way can overcome it with the help of the Vital Force.


It is said that homeopathic remedies are so dilute, there is no active ingredient. So how can it work?

The preparation of a homeopathic medicine involves not only dilution but the unique process of succussion. This requires the systematic shaking of the medicine between each dilution so as to liberate the subtle energy inherent in the substance. The transformation of what was material into latent energy allows the medicine to work on that more subtle level, in other words through the vital force or life energy of the person. This in fact renders the therapeutic agent more powerful, not less, as it is now able to affect the indwelling forces where symptoms originate.


Will I get worse before I get better?

Some symptoms may briefly increase in intensity for some hours or even days. This signals a positive response to the treatment.

(See article: What is the Homeopathic Aggravation? by Lesley Isaacson)

Can I have other treatments after I have taken a remedy?

After taking a remedy, during the early stage of your healing, you will be in a sensitive state. It is best to leave this process unhindered. Any other treatments could interfere with the restorative work of the remedy. This includes conventional, complementary and alternative treatments as well as dietary supplements. When considering any treatment designed to remove symptoms without reference to the whole, it is useful to bear in mind that the remedy is aimed at the totality and the process is already in a state of change. Maximum benefit will be gained by allowing this to happen without interference. If in doubt, ask your homeopath.

(See article: Homeopathy: The Exclusive Treatment by Suzan Dean)


What about my diet?

Good nutrition is always important in any healing process. During this time it is preferable to eat and drink sensitively and moderately, abstaining from all strong foods including for example spices, raw onion and garlic. Consumption of stimulants, such as alcohol, coffee and tea, is best avoided.

You should also avoid anything specific which you know aggravates you. It may be that for you chocolate triggers a headache, so this especially should be avoided.

These are general guidelines and specific details can be discussed with your homeopath.

(See article: Live to Eat or Eat to Live? by Lesley Isaacson)


How long will treatment last?

Homeopathic treatment is an alternative to conventional or other treatments and therefore constitutes health care for life. The frequency of prescription depends on each individual case, on the assessment of progress by the practitioner and on the patients presenting for further prescriptions. The length of time each individual prescription lasts also varies. In acute cases, it may last only a few hours. In long-standing chronic cases it may last months and in some cases years.


How Do You Treat Someone With Burns?

Although we are always urged to place burnt parts in cold water, this is a myth. Nearly two hundred years ago two English doctors researched what was the best way to treat burns. Their subjects were miners who had suffered terrible injuries. They found that the application of heat rather than cold remarkably diminished the recovery time and reduced the incidence of secondary complaints and scarring. Their findings were all recorded and can be found in The Bodleian Library, Oxford.

There are two aspects to a burn: the burn itself, which can most speedily be resolved by the application of heat, and secondly, the reason in the first place as to why the person burnt himself. If this is not resolved then this tendency will lead to the person burning himself again and again.

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