What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Homeopathic medicines are safe to use as they rarely cause side-effects. This means when used appropriately under the guidance of a qualified homeopath they can be taken by people of all ages, including babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. What is the difference between homeopathy and Allopathy medicine? Homeopathic approach Homeopathy is based on a "whole person" approach. In homeopathy, the remedy or treatment program is customized and individualized to the patient, with the intent of removing the underlying cause. Allopathic Medicine’s Approach Allopathic medicine usually relies on treating a patient’s physical symptoms. This treatment might also assume a person’s symptoms need to be controlled, suppressed or eliminated. History of Homeopathy Homeopathy's roots emerge from the findings, teachings and writings of Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). Hahnemann graduated from medical school in 1779 and started his own medical practice. He soon began his first homeopathic experiments in 1790, as a result of his disillusionment with such common medical practices of the day as purging, bloodletting, and the use of toxic chemicals. At one point, he gave up his own daily practice to begin working as a chemist while translating medical texts. It was when Hahnemann began working on a project to translate William Cullen's Materia Medica into German that he began his quest for a better way of providing healthcare using the principles of "Similars." While working on this project, he became fascinated with a species of South American tree-bark (cinchona) which was being used to treat malaria-induced fever. Hahnemann ingested the bark and discovered that it caused symptoms similar to malaria. He continued his research into "cures" and the idea of "similar suffering," and began compiling his findings. Similia similibus curentur, the Latin phrase meaning "let likes be cured by likes," is the primary principle of homeopathy. A homeopath searches for a substance that produces in a healthy person those same symptoms a patient experiences. Are Homeopathic Medicines are safe? The goal of the homeopathic treatment is to encourage the body to return to a natural state of balance and health. Like the missing pieces of a puzzle, homeopathic medicines help "fill-in" the gaps in the body to stimulate a person’s own healing potential and energies. When this occurs, the person will have access to the body’s natural strength and wisdom, so that more conventional medicines and chemical-based substances may not be needed. How Homeopathic medicines Manufacture? Homeopathic remedies are indeed very small doses. However, they are specially prepared doses which undergo a specific process — including dilution of ingredients (called potentization), as well as a vigorous shaking (succussion). Specially formulated homeopathic remedies are thought to resonate with the body, triggering a positive healing response. This response gently, and effectively, heals from the inside out. The documented results from thousands of experienced homeopaths, and from millions of their patients, clearly show that these small, individualized doses produce profound health benefits. Who practices Homeopathy? Graduates from CCH,who completes B.H.M.S. can practice homeopathy. What kind of homeopathic training and certification is there? It is a Bachealors degree in homeopathic medicine and surgery which is authorised by CENTRAL COUNCIL OF HOMEOPATHY after successfull completion of four and half years degree course + one year internship. What happens during a Homeopathic consultation? Open Communication & Observation While it is the homeopath's job to elicit relevant information by asking probing questions, the patient can expect a higher chance of receiving an effective homeopathic remedy if he or she is open and truthful in describing their physical and psychological symptoms. It is also important to be observant of the changes taking place in your system. To that end, you might want to keep a journal or notes on any noticeable changes or shifts in your symptoms or health. Substances to Avoid Another important thing to remember is that it is wise to avoid any substances that might interfere with your remedy. Certain substances have been found to reverse (antidote) the effects of homeopathic remedies and medicines. It is suggested that you avoid the following substances, practices and items to insure the best response from your remedy: Avoid: Coffee Camphor, or camphorated products including products containing eucalyptus and camphor oils Mint, or mentholated products Recreational drugs Some conventional drugs (Be sure to tell your homeopath what you are taking) Stress, which can lower the resonance of a homeopathic remedy. What is classical Homeopathy? Over the last 200 years many definitions of “classical” homeopathy have been used. At the core of nearly all of these definitions are the following key elements: The Law of Similars: matching the symptoms of a medicine tested on healthy humans to the individual seeking treatment. The Minimum Dose: determining the least amount of medicine needed to effect the needed change. Totality of Symptoms: matching the complete symptom profile of the patient to the symptom profile of the remedy. Single Remedy: administration of one remedy at a time. What is Constitutional Homeopathy? Constitutional homeopathy refers to the treatment of a person as a whole, including past and present symptoms. When accurately implemented, homeopathic constitutional care can elicit a profound healing response. Homeopathy can be extremely effective in treating chronic and long-term health problems. Recurrent ear infections, for example, can be treated with a homeopathic remedy for a longer period of time to strengthen the body’s immune system and to prevent future occurrences. Can a new born baby use Homeopathy? Homeopathic remedies are safe for babies and children to take. Babies often respond very quickly to homeopathic treatment and these are easy to administer as drops, using a pipette.