What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a well-described, scientifically-based system of alternative medicine that uses very small doses of diluted remedies that, if taken in larger doses,
will cause a reaction similar to the one being treated. Homeopathy, therefore, stimulates the body's immune system to heal itself.

The German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, laid the groundwork for homeopathy almost two centuries ago. It is based on three core principles:

1) The law of similars
This principle states that small doses of a given substance can cure in a diseased person the symptoms that it produces in a healthy person. This means, given in minute doses, the medication will produce a curable effect in a sick person while at the same time the same medication in a larger dose would ail a person. For example, Ipecac will cause vomiting in large doses, but in small doses it can be used to fight and prevent vomiting.

2) The principle of the infinitesimal quantities
This principle is based on research to discover the smallest doses that will produce curative effects. According to the Arndt-Schulz Law, small doses of a substance will stimulate and increase physiologic activity, whereas large doses will inhibit or abolish activity.

3) The principle of the totality of symptoms
Homeopathy does not aim to heal one specific organ, rather it seeks to heal an individual as a whole. This concept was derived from Hahnemann's understanding
that we are not merely a body with organs and nerves, but that our emotional and physical states are interconnected.

Toxicity and adverse reactions
Homeopathy is an alternative medicine for the whole family. It's effective, safe and since it contains no toxicity whatsoever it's totally harmless.
Homeopathic remedies are, therefore, a preferred choice of medication for pregnant women and young children.

Homeopathy's mode of action
Homeopathy stimulates our natural defences without causing any side effects and can act as a curative as well as a preventative medicine.

Potential benefited
Babies, children, adults and pregnant women.

Homeopathic remedy sources
Homeopathic remedies come from the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms.

Range of application
Homeopathy is largely used to heal acute disorders (e.g., bronchitis, flu and otitis), chronic illness (e.g., seasonal allergies)
and acute and chronic emotional ailments (e.g., grief and anxieties).

Reaction time
Homeopathy can work very fast on acute disorders. In chronic conditions, a homeopathic remedy's reaction time will depend on the individual's healing mechanisms.

Administration venues of homeopathics
Granules, globules, drops, vials, ointments, ovules and suppositories.

Contraindication and adverse effects
There are no contraindications. Homeopathy is even recommended for pregnant women and babies.

General administration guidelines
Homeopathic drops can be taken pure or diluted in a little water. Keep the product in the mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing.
They should be taken half an hour before or an hour after a meal.

Adults: 20 drops three times a day, half an hour before meals or one hour after. In more severe cases: 10 drops every 20 minutes
and slowly decrease dosage as symptoms disappear.

Children: 10 drops three times a day, half an hour before meals or one hour after. In more severe cases: 5 drops every 20 minutes
and slowly decrease dosage as symptoms disappear.

In extreme cases, the number of doses can be increased without risk. One must space out the doses as soon as there is an improvement
and stop the doses when the symptoms disappear. Homeopathic products remain active for up to five years after they were made.