What is Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

How does homeopathy work?
How can I pursue a career in homeopathy?

CCHM would like to be your guide to homeopathic medicine. Read our brief introduction to homeopathy below.

" In 2009, the Associated Press reported that consumers spend $3 billion a year on homeopathic products."

What Is Homeopathic Medicine?

Homeopathic medicine has been practiced worldwide for over 200 years and plays a significant role in the healthcare systems of many countries today. This effective and scientific system of medicine assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person, and that it is the patient who needs treatment, not the disease.

In 1796 a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann , discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick which he called homeopathy (from the Greek words meaning 'similar suffering'). Like Hippocrates 2,000 years earlier he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health, the way of opposites and the way of similars.

Take, for example, a case of insomnia. The way of opposites is to treat this by giving a drug to bring on an artificial sleep. This frequently involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs which can sometimes cause side-effects or addiction.

The way of similars - the homeopathic way - is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance which in large doses caused sleeplessness in a healthy person. Surprisingly this will enable the patient to sleep naturally. Because of the minute dosage no side-effects or addiction will result.  

How does homeopathy work?

Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing power. This power is very great and many complaints heal themselves unaided; but when the healing process is faulty, blocked or slow, the homeopathic remedy acts as a stimulus to the curative powers of the body. To provide this stimulus your homeopath must prescribe the right remedy and the right dosage for you.

Homeopathy assesses the whole person, and focuses on disease prevention and health enhancement using natural medicines and patient education. Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body's ability to heal itself. Many health conditions can benefit from homeopathic care. Homeopathy is particularly effective in the treatment of long-term chronic diseases, as well as the prevention and reduction of acute conditions.


"You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopaths to destroy it." -Mark Twain

Read Homeopathic Medicine for the 21st Century: What Does Homeopathy Offer Our Modern Ailing World?

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