The term “classical homeopathy” involves the following key elements:
- The Law of Similars: matching the symptoms of a medicine tested on healthy humans to the individual seeking treatment, sometimes expressed as “like cures like”.
- The Minimum Dose: determining the least amount of medicine needed to effect the needed change.
- Totality of Symptoms: matching the complete symptom profile of the patient to the symptom profile of the remedy.
- Single Remedy: administration of one remedy at a time.
This complete logical and scientific system of medicine was developed by the German physician and scientist, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).
Homeopathy is holistic in its approach taking into account a patient’s mental, emotional and physical symptoms and finding a remedy that best covers the totality of the symptoms expressed. The goal of homeopathic treatment is to address the underlying cause of the disease rather than suppress the individual symptoms the patient is expressing, it is by addressing the root cause that homeopathic treatment can achieve long lasting effects.
Today, homeopathy has a particularly strong following in many countries including India, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Italy and England. Interest in homeopathy is also rising again in Canada where sales of homeopathic remedies are increasing at a rate of about 12 – 15% each year.
Homeopathic medicines – known as “remedies” – are made from natural sources (plants, animal, minerals), and are environmentally friendly and cruelty free. Homeopathic remedies are specially prepared; this process of potentization, when the original substance under goes a series of dilutions and successions, to scientifically prepare remedies. This process effectively reduces the side-effects of medicines and increases the strength of the resulting product. Because homeopathic remedies are made from extremely small quantities of natural substances, they are non-toxic. When properly administrated by a trained homeopathic doctor they can be safely used by pregnant women, babies and the elderly.
The first visit usually lasts one to two hours. During the visit, the homeopath will review the patient’s medical history and attempt to elicit a full picture of the patient’s symptoms—mental, emotional, and physical. A homeopathic medicine will be chosen to match the patient’s symptom profile. Scheduling of follow-up visits will vary depending on the needs of the patient and the practitioner’s philosophy; intervals of four to six weeks are typical. A follow-up visit normally lasts 30–60 minutes.