Updated: May 19, 2019
Homeopathy provides cure in a natural way by strengthening the body’s ability to heal itself.
Our body has an innate power for self-healing, as evident from：
the function of fever during bacterial infection,
or diarrhea during food poisoning.
How does the body heal itself?
the elevated body temperature makes it difficult for bacteria to survive;
while diarrhea is a natural response to get rid of ingested spoiled food.
The symptom of fever or diarrhea is the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. Thus symptom is actually the healing process! Homeopathic medicine works with the body and supports this natural healing process rather than opposing or suppressing it.
To understand how this works, let’s go back to the basic principle of homeopathy “LIKE CURES LIKE”, which means a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used to cure similar symptoms in a sick person. Do you remember the last time you peeled an onion? The burning, itchy and watery eyes… and perhaps runny nose and sneezing as well? Allium cepa, a homeopathic remedy made from red onion, can cure illnesses that have similar symptoms. If you are suffering from a cold or allergy attack with runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, Allium cepa is one of the remedies that would help.
Homeopaths always say “We treat people, not diseases”. Each person has his/her own unique pattern of symptoms when ill. For example,
Patient A gets a flu which comes on slowly, over a few days, with heavy head, droopy eyes, chilliness and dullness.
Patient B develops a high fever right after exposure to cold wind, sneezes violently and has a faucet-like runny nose.
Every organism reacts in its own way when trying to restore health. The unique pattern of symptoms is an expression of the underlying energy imbalance, which results in a weakened defense mechanism – the root cause of the disease. It is the imbalance itself that homeopathy addresses, using the symptoms as a guide to select the correct remedy. The correct remedy, the one which matches the best with the patient's overall picture at the time of illness, will stimulate the body's self-healing mechanism, allowing its energy to return to a balanced state. As a result, the disease will be cured. By strengthening the body’s ability to heal itself, homeopathy provides cure according to the natural law of healing.
Homeopathy is a medical system developed over 200 years ago by a German physician, Dr. Sammuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). It has been recognized and practiced worldwide, such as the United States, Canada, India, various European, Central and South American countries. According to World Health Organization, homeopathy is the second most used medical system in the world. In the U.K., about 10% of the population use homeopathy (about six million people), including the Royal Family who has been its great supporter. In India, there are over 200,000 homeopathic doctors, and homeopathy is fully integrated into the country's mainstream health care system. In 1998, the Swiss government decided to broaden its national health insurance to include homeopathy. It released a report in 2012 concluding homeopathy as safe and effective.