Homeopathy is a relatively young addition to holistic medicine, developed in the 1800s. It’s based on the principle of treating like with like, where a substance that causes symptoms in a large dose can be used to treat similar symptoms at a very low dose. This principle is sometimes used in other forms of medicine, but in homeopathy the low doses mean the potential toxic side effects of higher doses are avoided.
Homeopathic remedies can be used effectively alongside other forms of medicine, both holistic and conventional, and do not interfere with the action of prescribed drugs. They are specially prepared highly dilute substances, usually supplied in pill or tablet form, and occasionally as liquid drops. Homeopathic remedies are provided by the homeopath at the appointment or posted shortly afterwards.
At a homeopathic consultation, a detailed case history is taken, including physical issues, sleep, traits, habits/preferences and stress. This is to discover the unique picture of the client, and remedies for people with the same diagnosed illness are often different, because each person’s experience of illness is unique to them.