Homeopathy (also spelt homoeopathy or homœopathy) is a form of complementary medicine based on the idea of treating ‘like with like’ (often quoted in Latin, ‘Similia similibus curentur’). When prescribing a homeopathic medicine, a homeopathic doctor looks for a substance which can produce an illness matching the one from which the patient is suffering.
Other key features of homeopathy include holism, constitution, idiosyncrasy and the use of the minimum dose. Holism means that in deciding which homeopathic treatment to use one considers, not just the illness but all aspects of the person who has it, even if there is no obvious link. Constitution means the type of person, including build, personality, general physical features, for instance whether they tend to feel the heat or the cold and susceptibility: the sort of illnesses to which that person is prone. Idiosyncrasy means what is unusual or atypical about the person or the health problem from which they suffer.
This is why homeopaths ask questions which may seem irrelevant: What kind of food do you like or dislike? Are you tidy or messy? Is there any time of day when you feel particularly good or bad? and so on.
- Homeopathy: A brief history
- Homeopathy: What is it used for?
- Homoepathy: Why is it controversial?
- Homeopathy: In Europe
Dr Sara Eames BSc MB ChB DGM FFHom is Director of Education and Director of Women’s Services at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine. She is also President of the Faculty of Homeopathy. In this video, Dr Eames talks about patient care and homeopathy on the NHS:
Video on You Tube, courtesy of HomeopathyAT
In the following video, Dr Andrea Wiessner T(GP) MD MFHom CSAMH RCST talks about how she became interested in homeopathy at medical school and how homeopathy offers an alternative approach when conventional medicine does not have the answers.
Video on You Tube, courtesy of the Faculty of Homeopathy
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