Homeopathy: naturally effective healing.

What is homeopathy?

Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843)

Homeopathy is consistently applied by millions of homeopaths all over the world for more than two hundred years. More and more people are seeking homeopathic treatment. The German doctor Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) first brought homeopathy to the attention of the public around 1780. The word homeopathy arises from the Greek words “homoeos = similar” and “Pathos = suffering”. So homeopathy literally means “similar suffering”. It refers to the fundamental natural law that homeopathy is based on. This law is also called the principle of similarity. I will explain how the principle of similarity is applied in homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies must be tested on healthy people before they are used for medical purposes. When a person takes part in an experiment his or her body will develop physical as well as emotional and mental test symptoms, which will disappear after a period of time. All the test symptoms together are called a remedy picture. Remedy pictures have been written down in books, which we call the materia medica. At present the materia medica consists of thousands of remedies. The homeopath looks for a remedy that is similar to the set of physical, mental and emotional symptoms displayed by the patient. For each individual the homeopath looks for the most similar remedy. This is the holistic approach in homeopathy. The most similar remedy will accomplish lasting relief.