What It Is
Homeopathy is a 200 plus year old, health system founded by Samuel Hahnemann. The word “homeopathy” comes from Greek and translates as “similar suffering.” Contrast that with standard medicine known as allopathy which translates as “opposite suffering.”
In short, the main principle of homeopathy is “like treats like.” A remedy that induces symptoms similar to what the patient is experiencing will activate the body’s own ability to heal itself. The remedy is given in tiny amounts.
For example, you have a strong reaction to a bee sting. The skin area is becoming very painful and red. It itches too. You may take the remedy “Apis” to alleviate the symptoms. Apis is a homeopathic version of bee venom.
Homeopathic medicine is very challenge. In the above example of a bee sting, it is fairly straight forward. However, when health issues get more complex, homeopathic medicine does the same. For example, 10 people with migraines each may have a specific remedy; that is, 1 remedy is for one person, but not for the others. Similar to herbal medicine, it is the PERSON, not the disease that matters.
When to Use
For simple, acute problems, virtually anyone with some knowledge of the subject can use homeopathic medicine. Sprains, bruises, cuts, minor headaches, pains, bug bites and eye strain are just a few examples. It is safe and when used in the correct dosage, there are no side effects.
A Couple of Words of Caution
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