What is homeopathy?

"Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond all doubt, safer, more economical, and the most complete medical science"  Mahatma Gandhi

Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing that uses very dilute doses of carefully prepared medicines that are tested on healthy consenting adults.  This principle of 'minimum dose' makes remedies safe, while the process of succession and potentisation means they retain their effectiveness, despite being highly dilute.

It is based on the principles of ‘like cures like’:  illnesses are treated remedies that, in homeopathic clinical trials, have been found to produce similar symptoms in healthy people.  For example, coffee is widely used as a stimulant, but in homeopathic form it can help with some forms of insomnia.

A Safe and Effective Healthcare Option

Homeopathy has an enviable safety record. Remedies are non-toxic and carry no risk of harmful side effects or addiction
Homeopathy is therefore ideal for pregnant women, children and babies. 
It is more than a placebo, as can be seen by it’s success with plants, infants, animals and cells in petri dishes.

Gay Gaer Luce PhDScience writer – twice winner of the national science writer’s award

“Homoeopathy is a highly developed health practice that uses a systematic approach to the totality of a person’s health.  Anyone seeking a fuller understanding of health and healing will find Homoeopathy extremely important and applicable.”

Some facts about homeopathy:

Homeopathy has been recognised by World Health Organisation as the fastest growing and second most widely used system of medicine in the world (World Health Report, WHO Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Map Volume, 2005).

Homeopathy has a validated principle of prescribing, and with over 200 years of treatment and prophylactic use, its remedies are no longer considered ‘experimental’.  In 2005, the World Health Organization estimated that there are more than half a billion users of homeopathy worldwide, with over 30 million users in Europe.

Homeoapthy is over 200 years old, was introduced to the U.K. by Dr Quin in 1828, is sanctioned by the UK Government and the Royal Family, and has been an integral part of the National Health Service (NHS) since it was founded in 1948.

In 2000, the House of Lords published a report on Complementary and Alternative Therapies, in which homeopathy is considered as one of five ‘group one’ therapies (out of thirty examined) judged to have convincing research evidence of effectiveness that should be more widely available on the NHS.

In 2006, a Health Technology Assessment report on Effectiveness, Cost-effectiveness and Appropriateness of Homeopathy was compiled on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health (BAG).  Published in English in 2011, it represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathy ever written and affirms that homeopathic treatment is safe, effective and cost-effective, and that homeopathic treatment is justified to be reimbursed by Switzerland’s national health insurance program.

Users of homeopathy include: NASA Scientist Amy Lansky, Florence Nightingdale and Charles Darwin (who’s experiments with plants proved homeopathic effects).

What's the difference between Herbal Medicine,
Homeopathy and Pharmaceutical Medicine?

Whilst herbal remedies tend to use plants or minerals in material doses, allopathy (pharmaceutical medicine) uses synthesized and highly concentrated doses of active ingredients often first found in nature. Homeopathy, on the other hand, uses highly diluted and succussed doses of natural substances.  It is this dilution that makes it safer than allopathy and herbalism, and the succussion that allows it to still contain effective nanostructures.  This ‘minimum dose’ concept is one of the key principles of homeopathy. For more research evidence on high dilutions, please see the articles here.

Dizzy Gillespiejazz musician
“There have been two great revelations in my life:
The first was bebop, the second was homeopathy.