Homeopathy is the second most used medical system globally (source: The World Health> organization (WHO)). Homeopathy is a therapeutic system, described by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. His search for a better answer to chronic illnesses resulted in his formulation of this system.
With an increasing number of people looking for better answers to longstanding health problems, the popularity of Homeopathy has gone up significantly. Currently it is very popular in European countries, USA, UK, and India; and is becoming the first choice of treatment for a wide range of diseases.
Homeopathic treatment is based on a Holistic understanding of health and disease, and the Individual’s reaction to the disease process. The treatment is also based on the law of similars “Similia Similibus Curentur” that is, substances which cause symptoms when given in large doses, can also cure the same condition when given in minute doses. The Homeopathic medicines stimulate the natural immune processes of the body to cure the condition, instead of introducing a chemical that will directly alter the physiochemical processes. This results in the defense mechanism of the body being fortified, as well as the Neuro-endocrine-immune processes of the body being corrected and balanced. The medicines are sourced from plants, minerals, chemical and animal products. The preparation of the medicine is through the process of potentisation, where a substance is diluted in parts, increasing its potency or strength of action.
Homeopathic treatment is most popular for their treatment of chronic diseases that conventional medicine cannot effectively address, including allergies, arthritis, skin diseases, autoimmune diseases and chronic infections. Also popular is the peadiatric care, for the treatment of recurrent conditions without the need for recurrent antibiotics, steroids or long term medication.
It can be used as the treatment of first choice in a wide range of conditions and can be a useful addition, or “complement” in other situations, for example, to support good recovery after operations.