Homeopathy looks at the whole person
It is rightly said that homeopathy treats the person, not the disease. Intuitively, this should make sense. After all, you are a whole person - not just a collection of symptoms and parts. This is why homeopathy takes into account all levels of your being: physical, emotional and mental.
Homeopathy addresses the root cause
Homeopathy addresses the root cause of disease, rather than simply managing its symptoms. It lowers our susceptibility to illness, making us more resilient over time.
Let's take the case of infections, for example. Conventional medicine aims to kill bacteria with antibiotics. Homeopathy, on the other hand, aims to strengthen the body's defenses so that our immune system can deal with infections naturally. Even more, good homeopathic care reduces our susceptibility to disease over time.
This is what we mean when we say that homeopathy boosts the body's ability to heal itself.
But how does homeopathy actually work?
Homeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like. This means that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in a sick person (when it is taken in homeopathic form). For example, too much coffee can cause insomnia, but coffee made into a homeopathic remedy can effectively treat people suffering from insomnia.
Scientists are studying the mechanisms of action of homeopathy and a number of models have been proposed. If you want to dig deep, you can learn about this research and clinical studies here.
Is homeopathy safe?
Yes. Homeopathic remedies are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive. They do not produce the typical side effects of conventional medications. For this reason, they are well-indicated even for pregnant women and babies, as well as people who are allergic or sensitive to medications.
Is homeopathy compatible with my regular medical care?
Yes. Homeopathy can be safely used alongside your regular medical care. In fact, homeopathy is frequently used to manage the side effects of conventional medications. In many cases, improvements from homeopathic care make it possible to reduce or discontinue those medications. Any decisions regarding medication should be made in consultation with your prescribing doctor.
How are homeopathic remedies made?
Homeopathic remedies are typically made from natural mineral, plant and animal sources. These are diluted and then vigorously shaken or "succussed" within a controlled laboratory process. The number of times these two steps are repeated determines the potency or strength of a remedy.
Simply diluting a substance does not make it a homeopathic remedy, as studies like this have confirmed. It is the unique, scientifically controlled process of dilution and succussion that makes a homeopathic remedy what it is.
Where can I find the scientific research on homeopathy?
Thousands of studies on homeopathy in the scientific literature are available. For up-to-date information on the state of homeopathic research, as well as research databases and directories, see the Homeopathy Research Institute website (HRI) at https://www.hri-research.org/.
What is a homeopathic consultation like?
During a homeopathic consultation, your homeopath will want to hear about your symptoms, as well as about who you are and what makes you unique. This includes all the different aspects of your life: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. You may be asked to share about any stressors affecting your life, as well as your childhood, fears, dreams and aspirations.
The first appointment typically lasts 2-3 hours. Follow up appointments are generally 45-60 minutes.
After each visit, your homeopath will study your situation. This includes doing research across homeopathic references and databases to find the best remedy for you out of 5,000+ possible options. At the end of this process, your homeopath will make a remedy recommendation, sometimes accompanied by lifestyle suggestions.
What can I expect after taking my homeopathic remedy?
Everyone responds differently. Some notice immediate benefit after taking a homeopathic remedy. Others will see slower changes over a period of months. How you respond will depend on your constitution, lifestyle, genetic inheritance, medical history, pharmaceutical use and other factors.
How often do I need to see my homeopath?
At the beginning, your homeopath will typically schedule appointments 4-6 weeks apart. Once you are steadily improving, appointments may be spaced out at longer intervals. Once you are feeling significantly better, you may not feel the need for a follow up for months or even years!