Homeopathy is a scientific system of healing developed by Samuel Hannehmann - a German doctor
and chemist - over 200 years ago. It uses the law of similars, or 'like cures like', in which a substance that produces
symptoms in a healthy person will cure the same symptoms in a sick person.
For example, in a case of insomnia,
if indicated, a homeopath might prescribe a minute dose of a substance such as coffee. In large doses coffee can cause sleeplessness,
but when administered in homeopathic form, it will enable the patient to sleep naturally.
This contrasts with the
orthodox medical approach to insomnia which frequently involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs to bring on an
artificial sleep. These drugs can sometimes cause side-effects or addiction. Homeopathic remedies do not carry such risks
as only a minute amount of the active ingredient is used in a specially prepared form.
Remedies are made from natural
ingredients drawn from the plant, mineral and animal kingdoms. They are prepared through a process of succussion and dilution.
This removes any possible trace of toxicity whilst retaining detectable information specific to the original substance.
When someone takes an indicated homeopathic remedy, the characteristics of which correspond to the person's symptoms,
the effect of the remedy will be to initiate a healing response. Because they are sensitive to the original substance contained
in that remedy, only a small dose is needed.