The Philosophy of Homeopathy
All truth goes through three stages –
First, it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed.
Finally it is accepted as self-evident
Whilst it may be problematic to prove its efficacy within current scientific thinking and methods, Homeopathy has an unprecedented history of non-invasive, successful medical treatment for over 200 years. This evidence is recorded in The Repertory, a standard reference book for homeopaths.
When the NHS was set up in 1948, homeopathic hospitals were deemed sufficiently relevant and effective to be included in the national public health system. Some of these hospitals continue to serve patients through the NHS today. Homeopathy is also available through private practice.
Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine, which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their experience of individual symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate homeopathic remedy to each patient.
It is my belief that homeopathy works on the principle of “like cures like”, that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to diminish those same symptoms in illness. This principle “Similia Similibus Curentur” was identified by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy.
As yet, science has not been able to explain the mechanism of the actions of ultra-high dilutions in the body, but laboratory experiments have repeatedly demonstrated that homoeopathically prepared substances cause biological effects.
With this form of medicine, scientific research within homeopathy continues to ask many important, unanswered questions, such as, How effective is homeopathy compared with conventional medicine for specific medical conditions? What does homeopathy cost compared with existing treatments? What effect do homeopathic medicines have ‘in vitro’?
Researchers around the world have begun to investigate these kinds of questions and some exciting results have been published.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If homeopathy was a placebo response then it would not work in babies or animals but it does.
The beauty of homeopathy is that is CAN be taken along other medication and if anything it supports the body in dealing with the toxic burden of the medication.
This is not the case. It is advised that you leave 10 minutes either side of taking the homeopathic medication before you eat or drink anything.
FACT:There are 4 NHS funded homeopathic hospitals in the UK. The largest, the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital treats around 2,000 patients per week.(1)
FACT:Homeopathy has been widely used throughout the world for more than 200 years. In 2000, the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science & Technology cited homeopathy as one of the five Group One therapies, having “an individual diagnostic approach” along with osteopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine and acupuncture.(2)
FACT:Homeopathy can be safely used alongside conventional medicines and will not interfere with the action of medicines prescribed by your doctor. Because homeopathic medicines (often referred to as remedies) are non-toxic, there are no side effects.(3)
- 1. Society of Homeopaths
- 2. House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology. ‘Complementary & Alternative Medicine.’ Session 1999-2000, 6th Report. The Stationery Office, 2000
- 3. Dantas F, Rampes H. Do homeopathic medicines provoke adverse effects? A systematic review. Br Hom J, 2000; 89: 35-8
- a) Endler PC, Heckmann C, Lauppert E, et al. The metamorphosis of amphibians and information of thyroxine. In: Schulte J, Endler PC (eds). Fundamental Research in Ultra High Dilution and Homoeopathy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998
- b) Montagnier L et al. Electromagnetic signals are produced by aqueous nanostructures derived from bacterial DNA sequences. Interdiscip Sci Comput Life Sci, 2009; 1: 81-90