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What is Homeopathy?


Homeopathy is a complimentary or alternative medicine, otherwise known as CAM.  Homeopathy is based on ideas that were developed by a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann in the 1790’s. His main views were that symptoms of illnesses is the body’s normal response as it attempts to regain health.
Homeopathy is used by people worldwide in order to treat acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the idea that the body has the amazing ability to heal itself and also the principle of ‘like cures like’.  This means that if a substance causes a symptom in a healthy person, giving the person a very small dose of the same substance may cure the illness.

A homeopath may use pills or a liquid mixture as the remedy.  Both of these contain only a little of an active ingredient for treatment of disease. These remedies are known as highly diluted or potentiated substances.

What is homeopathy used for?

Historically, people have been using homeopathy to maintain a wide range of illness ranging from colds to hay fever and allergies to coughs and headaches.  Homeopathy has also been used to treat bruising and cuts and scrapes.  It is not recommended to use homeopathic treatment for illnesses such as cancer, heart disease or major infections.

Is homeopathic treatment safe to use?

  • Homeopathic remedies are regulated and are considered safe;
  • Some critics think that homeopathic treatment has more of a placebo effect;
  • Homeopathic treatments should under no means replace conventional medicine to treat more serious health concerns;
  • It may not be considered safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely merely on an alternative therapy;
  • Homeopathic remedies can be made up by a certified homeopath without a doctor’s prescription;
  •  Always make sure that all of your health care providers know about all of the therapies you may be using.

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