What is homeopathy?


The name homeopathy was invented by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician and it is an equivalent of the Greek words denoting ‘similar suffering.’  Homeopathy is a type of treatment that involves the utilization of substances that are highly diluted.  Practitioners who specialize in homeopathy hold that the more diluted a substance is, the more powerful it becomes. Most of the substances that are used in this form of treatment are so diluted in water that nearly none of their original properties are left.  According to homeopaths, these substances can enhance self-healing of people suffering from various health conditions like asthma, heart disease and psychological conditions like depression.  Homeopathy’s practice is science-based but it use is an art. Homeopathy is offered in some private hospitals and by some general practitioners. Besides,   homeopathic medicines and products are available from some pharmacies.


Tenets of Homeopathy


Homeopathy is based on two principles. The first tenet, “like cures like,” means that a substance that triggers particular symptoms can as well assist in the eradication of the same symptoms.  For instance, an allergy treatment may have red onion as its ingredient. Homeopaths believe that such treatment may have a positive effect on an allergic person since onions cause eye irritation and runny nose, the same symptoms that an allergy causes. The second homeopathy’s principle states that an active ingredient becomes more beneficial when it is more diluted. Substances that are used in this form of treatment go through a process known as succession, whereby they’re shaken and diluted until they become almost or completely non-detectable.


What to expect while seeking homeopathic services


During your initial visit to a homeopath, the practitioner will be interested to know about your lifestyle, general health, nutrition, emotional state and whether you suffer from any health condition. Upon gathering this information, the homeopath will establish the appropriate treatment course to prescribe to you. Most likely, you’ll be recommended a homeopathic remedy in the form of a tincture, capsule or tablet.  Besides, you may be required to attend one or several follow-up sessions for the purpose of the evaluation of the effects of the treatment on your health.


Applicable cases


Homeopathy can be used for the treatment of various health conditions. In fact, many homeopaths believe that this form of treatment can be used to treat and prevent all health conditions.  Nevertheless, the majority of the people who seek homeopathy for the treatment of asthma, hypertension, hay fever, arthritis, hay fever, dermatitis, allergies (mostly food allergies) or health conditions like anxiety, depression and stress. However, it is worth noting that there’s no sufficient scientific evidence that shows that any of these or other health conditions can effectively be treated by homeopathy. Some homeopaths also maintain that this form of treatment can prevent malaria, among other illnesses. Nevertheless, sufficient scientific evidence to support the claim is yet to be tabled.