Guide to homeopathy

Introduction to homeopathy

Ever wondered what homeopathy is really all about?’s introductory guide to homeopathy will give you all the information you need to know about homeopathy, the benefits of homeopathy and how to find a homeopathy practitioner.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is based upon the principle of ‘like cures like’ or the law of similars. This means that a substance that produces certain symptoms in the mind and body can also be used to cure those symptoms. For example, coffee in its crude form can produce irritability and insomnia, in homeopathic form however it can cure exactly those symptoms.

Homeopaths prescribe small pills made of either lactose or sugar that are coated in minute quantities of such substances. Some homeopaths will prescribe remedies that fit particular symptoms you are experiencing, i.e. a sore throat or insomnia, this is called practical or acute homeopathy and is much like first aid. In contrast, classical homeopaths work to match a remedy to the picture of the whole person, with the aim of increasing their overall vital force, curing their illness and preventing relapses in chronic conditions.

What is the purpose of homeopathy?

As mentioned, the purpose of homeopathy is to find a remedy that resonates with the unhealthy body or unhealthy person in such a way that it triggers the body to heal itself. Many individuals now use homeopathy instead of, or alongside their doctor. Homeopathic remedies can be used instead of antibiotics and other drugs which can have detrimental affects on the body.

In Africa, homeopathy is now used as both a prevention and treatment of malaria rather than western drugs that can be dangerous. Homeopathy can cure chronic long-term physical illnesses and help individuals resolve emotional and mental patterns within which they have become stuck. Always consult a medical professional if you are concerned – many will now happily work alongside homeopaths, and they may give valuable insight into the physiology of the problem.

Benefits of homeopathy to the active person

Homeopathy can speed up and facilitate physical healing from injury. The most commonly used is Arnica, which is well known for its ability to reduce and prevent bruising and inflammation. It is also useful for shock after injury. Below is a list of commonly used remedies useful for the athlete’s first aid kit:

Remedy Use
Arnica montana tablets (30C or 200C for more severe injury or shock) shock, tissue damage, bruising, soreness

Arnica montana ointment/gel sore muscles, bruises
Calcarea phosphorica (30C) bone fractures
Calendula officinalis gel cuts, scrapes, abrasions, sunburn
Ledum palustre (30C) black eye
Rhus toxicodendron (30C) strains, sprains, stiff or painful joints (better for movement)
Ruta graveolens (30C) strains, sprains, stiff or painful joints
Symphytum officinale (12C) pain from bone fractures

It’s always wise to consult a homeopath before taking any remedy.

Homeopathy contacts

The Society of Homeopaths website with a database of all registered and licensed practitioners and comprehensive information and advice.

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