What Is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a unique system of medicine that has been in popular use in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States of America and many other countries for over 200 years. While some of the principles of homoeopathy were in use by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, it is the German physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann who is credited with the discovery and development of homoeopathy into a system of medicine.
Homoeopathic remedies are unique in their actions, seeking to help stimulate the body's own defence systems to enable a completely natural cure. Homoeopathy is not to be confused with herbalism (medicine from herbs), or naturopathy (the discipline which brings together all natural therapies).
Homoeopathic medicines are manufactured using a method that dilutes the original substance to a point where there are no molecules of original substance left. Remedies this dilute contain no drugs and create no side effects. Each of the remedies is selected to match a series of symptoms that have been recorded in over 200 years of use.
Homoeopathic remedies can be used to assist a number of common problems and ailments, many of which are documented. However, more chronic or long-term conditions can also benefit from consultation with a trained homoeopath. Homoeopathic remedies are so gentle that they can be safely used during pregnancy and by those already taking orthodox medication or suffering from conditions that restrict the use of some medications.
Homoeopathic remedies are used in both hospitals and medical practices, by doctors and lay practitioners alike. In Britain the Royal Family have been confirmed homoeopathic users for over 100 years.
Homoeopathy has also been found to be helpful in animal health care and many pet owners, farmers and veterinarians are using homoeopathic remedies to treat a variety of animal conditions.
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