Homeopathy is a holistic medicine which treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating his or her own natural healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health. Homeopathy works on the basis that it is the patient
who needs treatment, not the disease
The underlying philosophy lies in the fact that the physical, emotional and spiritual ‘body’ are all connected; each affecting the other.
A homeopathic remedy is one which produces the same symptoms as those the sick person complains of, and in doing so encourages the body to heal itself.
This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, small doses of allergens, such as pollen, are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients. An important difference with homeopathy however, is that the medicinal doses (known as remedies) are so small that toxic side-effects are avoided.