Homeopathy, a treatment founded by a German medical physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, is based on the principle of like cures like. Known as the Law of Similars—whatever substance produces symptoms in a healthy person will be the same substance used to cure those symptoms in a sick person. Practitioners have been providing this form of healing since the late 1800s.
The word natural has been bandied about and improperly used in the 21st century, but in its rightful and true sense, natural applies to homeopathic remedies. All homeopathic remedies are made from substances found in nature: plants, animals, and minerals. There are no additives or preservatives in homeopathic remedies.
Because a homeopathic remedy is an energetic medicine, it acts on the body’s energy to stimulate the body to heal. A homeopathic prescription is based on the uniqueness of each individual. A practitioner uses this individual distinctiveness to match each remedy to a specific person. Of particular significance, homeopathy does not treat the disease itself, but rather it treats the individual with the disease.
Homeopathic remedies are helpful in treating physical complaints as well as mental and emotional issues, both chronic and acute. Homeopathy, an extremely safe and effective treatment, can be used in conjunction with any traditional medicine.
Anyone who is undergoing homeopathic treatment should initially stay on prescribed medications until a consult with his or her medical physician suggests that prescription and/or over the counter medications can be reduced in strength or stopped altogether.