What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of healing based on scientific principles and extensive clinical documentation. Homeopathic treatment uses highly diluted natural substances to stimulate the innate healing power of the body. Building upon the intimate mind-body connection, its application provides relief for both physical and emotional conditions.
Homeopathy recognizes each person’s unique state of health. As a result, homeopathic preparations are selected expressly for an individual.
What to expect from homeopathic treatment
Homeopaths listen; an initial homeopathic consultation usually lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours. A thorough understanding of how you experience your health concerns is the basis of successful homeopathic treatment.
Although you may have a specific physical or emotional concern, a homeopath will compile a complete health profile based on a wide range of factors. All of these aid the homeopath in identifying a remedy to help restore health.
In a follow-up appointment, the practitioner meets with you to discuss the effects of the remedy and make any necessary adjustments. In acute conditions, homeopathic remedies often result in immediate improvement. Long-term complaints may require several visits to restore a sense of complete well-being.
HSI graduate at the Avances Pharmaceutique
Homeopathic pharmacy in Paris, France
Are Homeopathic Remedies Safe?
Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted, non-toxic preparations made by homeopathic pharmacies in accordance with the U.S. Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia and approved by the FDA. Homeopathic remedies are tasteless, odorless and taken orally.
Homeopathic treatment is safe for the elderly, children, and even infants. It is also safe and beneficial for animals. Homeopathic remedies appropriate for self-care are often sold at health food or drug stores in the U.S. and in pharmacies around the globe.
Homeopathic Pharmacies Around The World
Clockwise from top: Nelson’s Pharmacy, London, England
HSI Instructor Barbara Yarnell, CHom, CCH at Farmacia Homeopatica, Acapulco, Mexico
Central de Homeopatia, Santiago, Chile.
What can Homeopathy treat?
Homeopathy is very effective for a variety of conditions encompassing a wide range of acute and chronic complaints.
- mood swings
- fears and phobias
- sleeping disorders
- many physical complaints affecting
- hormonal balance
- behavioral disorders
- poor concentration
- common childhood ailments
How does Homeopathy Work?
Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars which is an ancient healing principal stating that “like cures like.” Simply put, a substance capable of producing certain symptoms when given to a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in an ill person.
For example: Peeled onions normally cause the eyes to tear. Consequently, a remedy prepared from onions by a homeopathic pharmacy may alleviate a watery eye condition such as allergies. In other words, “like cures like”.
“Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment.” - Mahatma Gandhi
How did Homeopathy Develop?
Hippocrates first described the Law of Similars in the 4th century. However, it was not until Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a brilliant German physician, applied the Law of Similars (Similia Similibus Currentur) in homeopathic treatment that it became a recognized method of healing.
Through his genius, observational skills, scientific research and extensive clinical documentation, Hahnemann provided the world with an innovative, effective and safe system of healing.
Samuel Hahnemann – Founder of Homeopathy
The Hahnemann Monument, Washington, DC
Samuel Hahnemann’s family home in Koethen, Germany
“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health.”
- Samuel Hahnemann
How do I find a Certified Homeopaths?
Homeopathy is an unlicensed profession in most states, so it is important to locate a qualified homeopath certified by a recognized school or professional organization. Certified Homeopaths are listed on the websites of the following organizations:
- Homeopathy School International - Certified Homeopaths
- Council for Homeopathic Certification
- North American Society of Homeopaths
“There have been two great revelations in my life. The first was bebop, the second was homeopathy.” - Dizzy Gillespie