Homeopathy is a 300-year-old holistic system of healing. It treats the whole person as a unique individual and is based on the principle “like cures like”: what a substance can cause it can cure. It aims to stimulate the vital force — or innate healing power — of the individual. For this to happen, the remedy choice must be tailored to the individual and depends on the individual’s specific characteristics, as well as the unique way s/he experiences symptoms.
The remedy itself is made from a substance (animal, vegetable, mineral) which causes, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to that of the client. They are easy to take and free of side effects.
Homeopathic treatment begins with an extended and detailed client consultation (usually lasting two or more hours) in which the homeopathic practitioner gathers information needed to discern the unique nature of the client and his/her symptoms, and thereby, a remedy. Homeopathic practitioners do not diagnose disease. The focus is on symptoms and the client’s experience of them.
Originating in Germany in the late 18th Century, today homeopathy is practiced worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, homeopathy is used by over 300 million people to address symptoms stemming from mental, emotional, and physical imbalances.
For further information about homeopathy, see Beyond Flat Earth Medicine by homeopathic physician, Timothy R Dooley. This book is available to read online at http://www.beyondflatearth.com/.