Homeopathy

About Homeopathy

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Homeopathy is an advanced, effective, and gentle system of holistic medicine that has been successfully used for over two hundred years and on every continent. Homeopathy is not to be confused with herbal medicine or nutritional therapy.  The set of principles that guide the selection of a medicine make homeopathy a distinct and integral system unto itself. Homeopathic medicines, called remedies, may be safely and effectively applied in chronic (long-term) conditions, as well as acute (short-term and self-limiting) illnesses and injuries of adults, children, and animals.

 In treatment, it is the individual as a whole system that is considered as opposed to treating the named disease. The goal is to relieve symptoms permanently.  Though derived from natural substances, homeopathic remedies are considered drugs by authorise in different countries, and are regulated by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, assuring consistency in the production and safety of the remedies.There are many integrative healthcare professionals that will strive to therapeutically apply the fundamental principles of homeopathy in addition to other primary interventions. Yet, it should become transparent that co-mingling various philosophically differing strategies cannot be accepted as universally safe or of providing maximal benefit. This is not to be interpreted that different modalities cannot be used together safely, rather it is to call attention to the goal intended.  The professional homeopath may suggest additionally utilising other medical intervention strategies, but they will make recommendations respectful of the fundamental principles of homeopathy.


Our aim is to restore health.  What is health?  Health is freedom to be joyful and creative, capable of functioning in harmony with creation.  Health is our rightful legacy.  For each individual we need to learn what interferes with our health and what promotes our health.

The information on this website will give you an introduction to homeopathy and our  practice.  Homeopathic medicine is the most common alternative therapy in the world.  The principles for practicing homeopathy have not changed since it was discovered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann over two hundred years ago.  More in depth description of homeopathy may be obtained from the books recommended and the links provided.  We welcome your questions or suggestions.

Principle Of Homeopathy

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The uniqueness of homeopathy rests with the three central principles that guide all remedy selection be it for a self-limiting acute concern or a chronic condition:

  • Law of Similars
  • Minimum Dose
  • Single Remedy

What is homeopathy’s history?

The Law of Similars has been documented since at least the time of Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), but it is Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German doctor and chemist, who is credited with founding homeopathy. He discovered the truth of the Law of Similars by testing small doses of medicine on himself.By 1900, about twenty percent of doctors in the United States were homeopaths, but due to various political and social changes, homeopathy became relatively unknown in the US until recently. There is wider acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India and Great Britain. In fact, the family doctor to England's Queen Elizabeth is a homeopathic physician. In fact, the World Health Organization estimate that it is currently practiced by over 500 million people worldwide.

What is “classical” homeopathy?

Over the last 200 years many definitions of “classical” homeopathy have been used. At the core of nearly all of these definitions are the following key elements:

  • The Law of Similars: matching the symptoms of a medicine tested on healthy humans to the individual seeking treatment.
  • The Minimum Dose: determining the least amount of medicine needed to effect the needed change.
  • Totality of Symptoms: matching the complete symptom profile of the patient to the symptom profile of the remedy.
  • Single Remedy: administration of one remedy at a time.

What are combination remedies?

Some homeopathic products combine several different homeopathic medicines, each of which is known to be helpful for a certain condition, in the hope that the combination will contain the medicine needed by any individual with that condition. For example, a combination product for earaches might contain the five most frequently prescribed homeopathic remedies for earaches. These combination remedies are often safely and effectively used for simple acute conditions; however, they do not constitute classical homeopathy.


How does homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?

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  1. Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states that "like cures like," or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person. For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms—rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, a cold or hayfever sufferer is given an antihistamine to dry up the runny nose and watery eyes artificially. But this medication often comes with unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation. With the correct homeopathic remedy, however, there are no side effects and a person is restored to health naturally. Homeopathy also recognizes that each person exhibits his or her disease in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy. A cold sufferer with a stopped up nose and dry eyes would receive a different remedy than one with a runny nose and watering eyes. Unlike the “one size fits all” approach to prescribing often used in conventional medicine, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches the unique symptom profile of the individual. Conventional medicine seeks to control illness through the regular use of medications; if the medicine is withdrawn, the person’s symptoms return. For example, the daily use of drugs for asthma (or any chronic disease for that matter) alleviates the symptoms but does not cure the underlying problem. In homeopathy the ideal is that a person needs just enough of the homeopathic remedy to stimulate their healing response. In other words, homeopathy seeks to cure a person so that they do not need any medications—homeopathic or otherwise.

Are Homeopathic Medicines Safe?

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Because of the minute doses used in homeopathy, the medicines labeled for internal use are non-toxic. When properly administered, the medicines are completely safe for everyone including pregnant women, newborns, children, and adults through the senior years. Many veterinarians use homeopathy in the treatment of animals. There are no known or suspected contraindications or drug interactions between homeopathic and conventional medications.

Who practices homeopathy?

Homeopathy is practiced by a wide variety of health-care practitioners including medical doctors, osteopaths, naturopathic physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nurse midwives, podiatrists, and professional homeopaths. Individual states regulate the practice of homeopathy, and each state’s laws and requirements for practice are different. In most cases, homeopathy can be practiced legally by any health professional whose license entitles them to prescribe medicines, such as MDs, DOs, NDs, etc.  



What happens during a homeopathic consultation and what does it cost?

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  1. The first visit usually lasts one to two hours. During the visit, the homeopath will review the patient’s medical history and attempt to elicit a full picture of the patient’s symptoms—mental, emotional, and physical. A homeopathic medicine will be chosen to match the patient’s symptom profile. Scheduling of follow-up visits will vary depending on the needs of the patient and the practitioner’s philosophy; intervals of four to six weeks are typical. A follow-up visit normally lasts 45–90 minutes. The cost of a first visit to a best homeopath varies and typically ranges from £150 to £600 depending on the skills and experience of the practitioner and the area of the country in which you live.


Certification and Insurance.

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What kind of homeopathic training and certifications are available?

Independent post-graduate training programs offer professional education in homeopathy. Programs range from a weekend to several years. Learning experiences may be through correspondence courses, lecture, classroom settings, and/or preceptorships with experienced homeopaths. In recent years, the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America and Europe  has begun certifying the content and structure of homeopathic courses. Practitioners may be certified by one of several certifying organizations based on their medical professional status and their homeopathic education. Such certification attests that a practitioner has met certain criteria and developed a certain level of expertise in homeopathic practice. 

Will my health insurance cover it?

  1. . Your health insurance may cover part or all of your visits depending on your practitioner’s health-care license or certification qualifications and their participation with your insurance plan.

Science Based Medicine Homeopathy

There is actually much more clinical and basic sciences evidence for homeopathy than most people realize. A leading 2014 review of clinical research in homeopathy confirmed that four of five of the meta-analyses evaluating homeopathic treatment in general found benefit as compared with placebo. There have even been numerous studies that have found that homeopathic treatment was at least as effective as conventional medical treatment...and is considerably safer. 

More about Homeopathy

There is actually much more clinical and basic sciences evidence for homeopathy than most people realize. A leading 2014 review of clinical research in homeopathy confirmed that four of five of the meta-analyses evaluating homeopathic treatment in general found benefit as compared with placebo. There have even been numerous studies that have found that homeopathic treatment was at least as effective as conventional medical treatment...and is considerably safer.