Homeopathy is a holistic therapy that looks at the person as a whole. This means it looks at emotional, physical and mental illness together. This is because homeopaths believe the mind and body are linked, so you cannot address one part of the body without affecting the whole.
Working on the theory that ‘like cures like’, the treatment involves highly diluted substances. The aim of this is to trigger the body’s natural healing system. Looking at every patient as an individual, homeopathy takes a variety of factors into consideration.
What is homeopathy?
The key belief behind homeopathy is that you can treat ‘like with like’. So, a substance that in large doses can cause symptoms, can in theory be used in much smaller doses to address symptoms. The concept is occasionally used in conventional medicine. For example, those with pollen allergies may be treated with small doses of the allergens to desensitise them.
Homeopathic medicines (or remedies) are created through a process of dilution and vigorous shaking, called succussion.
What can it help with?
Due to its holistic, natural and gentle nature, many homeopaths say the therapy is ideal for those seeking a holistic approach to well-being. If you are looking for homeopathy to support you with a medical condition, it is important to note that this therapy should not be used as a substitute for conventional medicine. If you are suffering from a medical condition, it is important to visit your GP for advice. Homeopathy is a complementary therapy that can be used alongside conventional treatment.