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What Is Homeopathy?


The basic principles of homeopathy

Homeopathy ("hoh-mee-OP-uh-thee"), also known as homeopathic ("hoh-meeuh-PATH-ik") medicine, is a whole medical system that originated in Europe and has been practiced in the United States since the early 19th century. Homeopathy is based on three principles:

+ Like Cures Like

To answer the question "What is homeopathy?" it's helpful to understand the principle underlying homeopathy - "Similia Similibus Curentur" - Let like be cured by like.  Homeopathy demonstrates that a substance that produces a certain set of symptoms in a healthy person can cure a sick person experiencing those same symptoms. For instance, onions make your eyes water when you cut them. If you have a cold or allergies and your symptoms include watery eyes, the likely remedy to treat your cold or allergies would be Allium Cepa, which is made from onions.

+ Minimum Dose

Unlike conventional medicines, a homeopathic medicine is believed to be more effective when its active ingredient is diluted and succussed (shaken vigorously). Data indicates that the homeopathic medicine gains increased effectiveness with each additional dilution-succussion step. Furthermore the safety profile of the medicine increases with increased dilution.  For more information on potency and dosing, read our blog on homeopathic potency and dosing here.

+ Individualized Medicines

Ideally homeopathic treatment is tailored to each person. In this case, practitioners select homeopathic remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including not only physical symptoms but also lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors. 1-800 Homeopathy supports this classical individualized approach by making available more than 1,500 single homeopathic remedies in a variety of potencies, through our sister company Homeopathic Laboratories These are available by calling 1-800-466-3672.

At the same time, in order to make homeopathy accessible to more people, we simplify the process of selecting a homeopathic medicine by combining several active ingredients to treat the most common symptoms of an acute ailment. For instance, our Hyland's brand formula for Sniffles ‘n Sneezes 4 Kids cold medicine relieves sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes, sore throat, headache, and cough—symptoms that children most often experience when they come down with a cold.

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