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What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice developed in the later part of the 18th century. Homeopathy is based on the idea that a substance which results in the symptoms of disease in an otherwise healthy person may, when diluted heavily, assist similar symptoms in individuals who have taken ill.

This concept is referred to as "like cures like" among homeopathic practitioners in Australia and in other nations around the world. In addition to the concept of "like cures like," homeopathy also adheres to what it terms the law of minimum dose. According to this concept, the lower the dose of a medicine, the greater its potency . Indeed, in most cases, a homeopathic remedy contains merely a trace of the original substance used in the formulation of the product, or none at all.

Formulation of Homeopathic Remedies

Generally speaking, homeopathic remedies are formulated using any of a wide range of ingredients, including different minerals, plants and animal products.

For example, substances in homeopathic formulation may include stinging nettle, mountain herb or arnica, red onion, crushed whole bees and similar items. In formulating a homeopathic remedy, these substances are highly diluted, consistent with the homoeopathic ‘law of minimum dose’.

To a homoeopath, this law means that the more diluted the substance, the more effective the homoeopathic remedy will be for the indicated symptoms. In preparing a homeopathic remedy or treatment, the associated substance is diluted with alcohol or water. Once the dilution process is complete, the treatment or remedy is then shaken vigorously by striking the vial in which it is contained against an elastic body 10 times. This process is known among homeopaths as succussion.

Tailored Homeopathic Remedies and Treatments

Homeopathic remedies and treatments can also be individualized or customized to meet the particular, specific needs of an individual by a homoeopathic practitioner. In preparing a homeopathic remedy or treatment, an individual's specific symptoms naturally are taken into consideration.

In addition, a homeopathic practitioner will also take into account that individual's personal traits as well as his or her psychological and physical state at a particular time. A practitioner will also take into consideration a person's life history when preparing a particular treatment or remedy. There are also many homoeopathic remedies available over the counter, so you may find one to suit you.