What is Homeopathy?
The use of homeopathic remedies is based on the discovery that natural substances in an altered state are capable of curing the same symptoms that they can cause in their original form.
A simple example of this principle can be seen with the common onion. Slicing an onion can cause symptoms of burning and watery eyes, as well as sneezing and a runny nose. Many hayfever sufferers with symptoms of burning, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose have found dramatic relief after taking the homeopathic remedy Allium Cepa (the remedy made from red onion). Thus, the substance that can cause symptoms can, as a Homeopathic remedy, also cure them.
Formulated by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), Homeopathic Medicine has garnered wide popularity around the world treating hundreds of millions of individuals in a safe and effective way to alleviate illness and improve health. There are more than 5000 Homepathic remedies in our pharmacology, and hundreds of potencies (strengths) that the Homeopathic can select which is best suited for the patient.
How are Homeopathic Remedies Prepared?
Homeopathic remedies are prepared from natural substances such as plants and minerals. The original pure substance is repeatedly diluted and succussed (vigorously shaken). As this standardized method of dilution and succession continues, the potency or strength of the remedy changes. Remedies are prepared in standardized Homeopathic Pharmacies around the world; some pharmacies have been producing remedies in exacting standards for hundreds of years. Known as potentization, this process of Homeopathic preparation of remedy potencies allows the Homeopath to select the strength of the remedy which best addresses the condition of the patient.
Are Homeopathic Remedies Safe?
The dilution used in the process of preparing homeopathic remedies renders all remedies non-toxic and safe for everyone of all ages ~ even during pregnancy and while breast feeding.
What Conditions can be improved with Homeopathy?
Almost any acute and chronic ailment can be improved with homeopathy. It is gentle, safe and effective for all ages and stages in life, including infants, children, pregnant mothers and even animals.
Childhood diseases (chicken pox, etc.)
Depression, self esteem
Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions
… and many more!
Are there Any Side Effects?
The homeopath regards adverse symptoms as evidence of the body’s attempt to restore balance; that is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the body’s innate efforts and addresses presenting symptoms. With Homeopathic Medicine there are no side effects, and a person is restored to health naturally. There are also no counter-indications, and the medicines can be used in conjunction with allopathic medicine as well.
What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Homeopath?
Naturopathic Medicine and Homeopathic Medicine are complimentary, and together, provide the best and most broad care a patient can receive. Naturopathy primarily utilizes micronutrients and botanicals to address biochemical deficiencies / toxicities in the body. A Homeopath's primary intention is to take a case with all symptoms unique to the individual. and to identify the best indicated Homeopathic remedy to alleviate all symptoms the patient is experiencing on a deep level. Homeopathic remedies differ from herbal remedies and supplements in that they have been diluted to a minute dose of their original substance, which is why homeopathic remedies are safe for even babies. Both Naturopaths and Homeopaths are regulated health professionals in Ontario.