As described by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, "Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient."
Homeopathy takes into account the whole person and by doing that helps to bring your body and mind back to balance. It recognises that emotional and physical health are interconnected, and that symptoms of ill health are signs of an imbalance.
The aim of the homeopathic approach is to place your symptoms in your individual context, not to look at them in isolation. As a homeopath I will consider all aspects of your physical health and your state of mind in order to find a remedy that will stimulate your body's own natural healing mechanisms.
Learn more about the types of problems homeopathy can help with.
Evidence for Homeopathy provides some facts about the use of homeopathy and different research studies that have been carried out to expand the evidence base for homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies are suitable for everyone
Homeopathic remedies are non-addictive, completely non-toxic and based only on natural ingredients. They are therefore safe and suitable for pregnant women, babies and adults alike. You can also take them alongside conventional medication if you choose to, as they will not interfere with their action.
The principles behind Homeopathy
Homeopathy is based on the theory that likes cures like. The substances which cause symptoms can also be used in a much diluted form to cure them. For instance a raw, cut onion may cause burning, itching and weeping of the eyes and running of the nose. The homeopathic remedy made from the onion, may help with the symptoms of colds such as watery eyes and runny noses.
Some facts and statistics:
- In Britain homeopathy has been available on the NHS since 1948 and has received the patronage of the Royal Family since the 19th century.
- It is one of the five alternative therapies recognised by the House of Lords report of 2000.
- Homeopathy is taught in over 500 colleges worldwide offering degrees and post graduate studies in homeopathy. At present there are over 2,000 trained homeopaths in India and at least half million across the globe.