Homeopathy is a system of medicine which uses highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet or liquid drop form, with the aim of triggering your body's natural system of healing. Based on your specific symptoms, a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine for you.
In homeopathy, plants, minerals and other substances found in nature are used to create micro doses of medicine that are highly diluted from their natural form. This means that while these homeopathic medicines are effective for improving health, they are extremely mild and cause no unpleasant side effects.
Derived from the Greek words homeos and pathos meaning "similar" and "suffering" respectively, the term homeopathy simply means to treat an illness or symptoms with a natural remedy that creates a similar effect to that of the disease or suffering. For example, many people tear up or experience burning eyes or a runny nose when peeling an onion. When the same symptoms flare up during a cold, a diluted dose of Allium cepa (red onion) is thought to help alleviate these symptoms. The principle of treating "like with like" dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years.
Homeopathy offers a holistic approach to treating illness and homeopaths attempt to improve the health of the entire body. Homeopathic remedies can lower an individual's susceptibility to disease and improve general health. Some conditions commonly supported by homeopathy include coughs, colds, flu, ear infections, hay fever, bronchitis, digestive and gastric complaints, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, painful or difficult menstruation, menopausal flushes, anxiety, panic attacks, arthritis, urinary tract infections, candidiasis, headaches and migraine, acne, eczema, psoriasis, colic, teething, bed wetting, ADHD and more.
Since homeopathic remedies rely on natural compounds and substances that are used in their most diluted forms, they can be safely used in the treatment of pregnant women, children, nursing mothers and even babies.
Homeopathy is a highly individualised form of treatment and your homeopathic medicine is chosen to match a wide range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms. If you would like a gentle, yet effective way to improve your health and wellbeing, ask your naturopath to help you select the right homeopathic remedy for you.