Worldwide over 200 million people use homeopathy, with 100 million of those are in Europe. Homeopathy is practiced in 40 out of 42 EU countries and it is included in the national health systems of a number of countries e.g. Switzerland, United Kingdom, India, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Pakistan.
Homeopathy is a rational form of medicine that has been around for over 200 years and is based on a set of unchanging principles.
- A natural substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can, when given in homeopathic form to a sick person with similar symptoms, stimulate that persons body to heal itself.
- The potential medicinal uses of a natural substance are discovered through provings. This is a process by which a healthy person volunteers to undergo a full homeopathic consultation during which their current state of health is evaluated after which they participate in a double blind, placebo-controlled randomised experiment by which the natural substance being tested is given. The participants or ‘provers’ are carefully monitored and all changes in their health, ‘symptoms’, are recorded.
- All natural substances are prepared in homeopathic form by dilution and succussion (shaking) so that any potential toxic effects of a substance are avoided while maintaining the curative effects.
- The smallest dose required is given to stimulate the natural healing processes of each individual patient.
Once a remedy has been prepared past the 12th centesimal potency no molecules of the original substance can be found, as stated by Avogadro’s Law, which makes the remedy non toxic. One dose usually consists of a small medicated sugar pill that is dissolved in the mouth which tastes pleasant and is well tolerated by all ages.
Homeopathic remedies are made from naturally occuring substances and so cannot be patented for huge financial gain. They are inexpensive and easy to distribute.