Homeopathy means ‘similar suffering’, and is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’. By prescribing a diluted dose of a substance, we can cure the same symptoms that in a larger quantity this substance would cause. Evidence of this principle of healing can be found as far back as Hippocrates (460-377BC). 200 years ago a German medical doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, formalised this principle into a system of medicine, and called it homeopathy.
Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine that views all symptoms, physical, mental and emotional, as part of the whole picture. Through identifying a patient’s symptoms, a specially prepared medicine, or remedy, is chosen with the aim of gently stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms. The dose that we administer homeopathically is so small that toxic side-effects are avoided.