The word homeopathy
is derived from the Greek words homoios, meaning similar
and pathos, meaning suffering. Classical homeopathy, the
fastest growing health care system in the world, is a complete,
natural healing system discovered over 200 years ago by the German
physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It is based on the principle
that like cures like, called "The Law of Similars".
homeopathy is a holistic therapy. The individual is considered
as a whole and symptoms from the body, mind, and spirit are considered
when choosing a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy takes into consideration
a person's environment and lifestyle, providing individualized
treatment for the person. Classical homeopathy most closely matches
the totality of the individual's symptoms and personality with
the homeopathic remedy in order to stimulate the body's own natural
healing response. In classical homeopathy, the use of a single
remedy at a time is a basic principle.
remedies are made from infinitesimal amounts of substances from
the plant, animal, mineral kingdoms and biological sources. There
are more than 3,000 known remedies available. Each specific remedy
is made from only one plant, animal, mineral, or biological source.
Homeopathic remedies have been approved by the FDA since 1939
and are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic
Pharmacopoeia of the United States and Drug Manufacturing Practices.
have been diluted by as much as one part in ten billion and beyond.
All potencies above 12C have none of the original molecules of
the mother tincture. Remedies with potencies of 30C and higher
have retained the energy of the original substance. This is energy
medicine. Repeated dilution with succussion (shaking the remedy
vigorously with impact) releases the "potency" of the
substance, while eliminating any potential side effects or toxicity.
This is referred to as the "law of the infinitesimal dose".
remedies, mixtures of two or more remedies at a time, move away
from the holistic or classical approach. These combination remedies
are usually prepared in low potencies and are mainly used in acute
cases, treating a specific disease and not the person as a whole.