believe that there is a “vital force” that regulates
the body and maintains it in a state of well-being.
If this force is put under strain illness can
result, and Homeopaths see symptoms of illness
as an indication that the body is using its natural
self-healing abilities to fight back. Homeopathy
attempts to stimulate the body’s self-healing
process rather that suppress symptoms.
There are two main laws
that further make up the theory of homeopathy,
namely the Law of Similars and the Law of
Potentisation. The former is based on the
principle that “like cures like”, and says
that a patients’ symptoms will determine the
remedy needed to activate the self-healing
capability of their vital force. Remedies are
derived from substances that cause symptoms
similar to those of the illness, e.g.
Eyebright is an irritant herb used to sooth
sensitive eyes. The principle of “like cures
like” can be found in the writings of
Hippocrates dating from the 5th century BC,
and has been applied through the ages in
folklore, such as rubbing chilblains with
However it was Samuel Hahnemann who
rediscovered this principle in the late 18th
century and developed Homeopathy. The Law of
Potentisation says that diluting doses repeatedly
makes the remedy not only safe to take but also
increasingly potent, in fact remedies may contain
nothing of the original substance!
Remedies are made from plant, animal,
and mineral extracts, which are processed to form
the “mother tincture”. One drop of the mother
tincture is repeatedly diluted in alcohol until
the required potency is reached. A few drops are
then added to a jar of lactose tablets, and the
jar is then swirled to ensure that each tablet
properly absorbs the remedy. It is these tablets
that the patient takes.
The following are examples of conditions that
can be treated using homeopathic remedies:
- Long-term and relapsing disorders.
- Asthma and allergies.
- Anxiety, nervous tension, shock.
- Menstrual and menopausal problems.
- Pregnancy problems including morning sickness.
Please note that a good homeopath will always
do a thorough consultation before commencing a
treatment, and will also provide advice about
aftercare and homecare.
The following books were referenced for this
section and are all available (via the links)
in association with Amazon.co.uk:
of Natural Healing by Anne Woodham and Dr David
Holistic Therapy – A Practical Approach by Francesca
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