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What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a healing process in which homeopathic medicines stimulate and encourage your own natural healing forces of recovery. It is one of the most widely used systems of medicine in the world.

The Difference Between Homeopathy and Conventional Medicine

The concept of homeopathic medicine and remedies was developed more than 200 years ago by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. Homeopathy is derived from the Greek words meaning "similar suffering". Like Hippocrates 2,000 years earlier, he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health: the way of opposite (allopathic) and the way of similars (homeopathic).

Conventional medicine is "allopathic" medicine. Consider insomnia as an example. The allopathic or conventional approach is to give a drug to induce artificial sleep, which frequently may cause side effects or addiction.

In contrast, the homeopathic approach is to treat insomnia by giving you a tiny dose of a substance that, in large doses, would cause sleeplessness in a healthy person. Surprisingly, the tiny dose reduces the insomnia.

Basic Principles of Homeopathy

What Are the Advantages of Homeopathy?

Homeopathy offers several advantages:

How Homeopathic Remedies Are Selected

To select a remedy, the homeopathic doctor carefully matches your symptoms to the symptom profiles listed in “Materia medica” publications for the more than 2,000 remedies currently in use. These remedies are derived from plant, animal, and mineral sources.

A full understanding of you is required in order to select the most appropriate remedy. Therefore, the homeopathic interview will explore areas such as your thoughts, dreams, emotions, physical sensations, habits, preferences in food, temperature, climate, sleep, and anything else that might increase our understanding.

What Is a Homeopathic Treatment Like?

You will receive a remedy, often as a tiny pill that you allow to dissolve under your tongue.

Don't put anything else into your mouth for 30 minutes before and after taking your remedy. Homeopathic remedies may be sensitive to outside interference, which may result in a relapse of symptoms. Avoid the following:

After taking your remedy, you may notice some changes. It's likely that you will experience a feeling of well-being and optimism after taking the remedy. However, it's possible that your symptoms may get a little worse for a short time. That means the remedy is taking effect, and your symptoms will then start to improve.

Can I Treat Myself with Homeopathics?

There are a number of "off the shelf" homeopathic remedies for various minor health complaints. You can keep them in your medicine cabinet until you need them. The Connecticut Center for Health dispensary carries the highest quality homeopathic remedies for common health problems.

In contrast, homeopathic remedies based on an interview with a naturopathic physician are much more specialized and are carefully customized to match your unique set of health attributes.

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