Homeopathy is a holistic system of healing that is suitable for virtually everyone. It focuses on the individual, concentrating on treating specific physical and emotional symptoms to give long-lasting benefits.
The therapy is based on the theory of treating “like with like”. Homeopathic remedies are diluted natural substances that, if given to a healthy person, would produce the symptoms that the medicine is recommended for relieving. In an assessment, homeopaths will take into account a full range of physical, emotional and lifestyle factors in order to prescribe the right medicine(s).
Homeopathy is a complementary therapy.
Homeopathy has been widely used throughout the world for more than 200 years. In 2000, the House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology cited homeopathy as one of the five group one therapies, having “an individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture(1). Homeopathy can be safely used alongside most conventional medicines.
How long has Homeopathy been used?
Homeopathy has been used in the UK for over two hundred years, but has an honorable tradition dating back to ancient Greece. It was Samuel Hahnemann, a brilliant doctor working in 1796 who developed the scientific and philosophical foundations of this gentler way of healing. These scientific principles form the basis of successful homeopathic practice today.
Are homeopathic remedies safe?
Homeopathic remedies are a unique, poetized energy medicine, drawn from the plant, mineral and animal worlds. They are diluted to such a degree that not one molecule of the original substance can be detected (after the 12c potency).
They work by gently boosting the natural energy of the body and are very safe, even for pregnant and sensitive patients. With homeopathy there is no danger of addiction or toxicity(2).
If they are so dilute, how can they work?
After each dilution the mixture is vigorously agitated in a machine that delivers a calibrated amount of shaking. This is called succussion. It is thought that this process imprints the healing energy of the medicinal substance throughout the body of water (the diluent) as if a message is passed on. The message contains the healing energy. Even in ultra-molecular dilutions, information specific to the original dissolved substance remains and can be detected(3). We at Rejuvenation Institute of Natural Health believe that these are a natural, powerful and effective way to bring the body back into homeostasis resulting in improved health.
The Society of Homeopaths
(1) House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology. ‘Complementary & Alternative Medicine.’ Session 1999-2000, 6th Report. The Stationery Office, 2000
(2) Dantas F, Rampes H. Do homeopathic medicines provoke adverse effects? A systematic review. Br Hom J 2000;89,p.35-8
(3) Belon P, Cumps J, Ennis M, et al. Histamine dilutions modulate basophil activation, Inflammation Research 2004: 53; 181-188