What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medical therapy that uses very small doses of medicines, or remedies. These remedies are prepared from substances found in nature. Nevertheless, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine. These two systems of medicine are very different. Herbal medicine uses tinctures of botanical substances, whereas homeopaths use ultra dilute, micro-doses made from not only plants, but minerals or any other substance found in nature.
The homeopathic practitioner chooses the proper remedy by following a law of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states “like cures like,” or “a substance which causes symptoms in a healthy person will cure the similar symptoms found in a sick person”.
For example, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.
Is Homeopathy New?
The Law of Similars has been known since at least the time of Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), but it was a doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, who fully stated the ideas of homeopathy in the early 1800’s. Dr. Hahnemann lived in Germany lived from 1755 to 1843. He discovered the truth of the Law of Similars by testing small doses of medicine on himself.
There is wide acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India, USA and Great Britain. In fact, the family doctor to England’s Queen Elizabeth is a homeopathic physician.