About Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which uses plant, mineral and animal substances in potentised form to stimulate the body’s natural ability to overcome illness. It can be used in the treatment of  many ailments e.g. skin complaints, digestive problems, menstrual disorders, coughs, colds and allergies.

Why choose Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies are designed to act as a catalyst to activate our own innate healing response. In this way they strengthen our body’s ability to react to illness and to overcome symptoms in a gentle manner. Homeopathic practice recognises that people respond as individuals to illness thereby requiring a personalized prescription.

Homeopathy is prescribed under the principle of minimum dose thereby minimising side effects. Professionally prescribed remedies can be used in conjunction with medication from other sources. Professional homeopathic treatment aims to treat the cause of the disease rather than the symptoms.

Homeopathy may be used as an alternative or complimentary therapy.

Some facts about Homeopathy

On average between one in four and one in five of all European citizens use Homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy is practiced in forty of the forty two European countries. Homeopathy has been available on the NHS in Britain since 1948. Four of the private Health Insurance Companies in Ireland provide cover for Homeopathy.

Homeopathy is the most frequently used CAM therapy in 5 of 14 surveyed countries in Europe and among the 3 most frequently used in 11 out of 14 surveyed countries.

Brief History of Homeopathy

The concept of Homeopathy dates back to Hippocrates who lived in the 5th century BC, he is also considered to be the father of conventional medicine. In the 16th Century a scientist called Paracelsus further developed Hippocrates theories. Paracelsus is considered to be the father of chemistry as he updated Alchemy by moving it away from the search for the elixir of life towards treating illness. Samuel Hahnemann (1755 to 1843) following extensive studies in medicine and chemistry identified the principals on which modern Homeopathy is based. Since that time there have been many innovators within Homeopathy , these include Constantine Herring (1800-1880), James Tyler Kent (1849-1916) both initially medical doctors who became convinced of the efficacy of Homeopathic practice, Herbert A Roberts MD (1868- 1940) who wrote extensively on the practice of Homeopathy, C.M.F Von Boenninghausen, William Boreike MD, S.R. Phatak M.B.S and T.F. Allen A.M., M.D. all of whom contributed significant Materia Medica reference works (descriptions of the actions of remedies)

Influential contemporary homeopaths and authors include Robin Murphy ND, Frans Vermeullen, George Vithoulkas, Rajan Sankaran, Miranda Castro, Paul Herscu ND , Jan Scholten MD, Catherine Coulter, and Farokh Master MD(Hom).

Homeopathy is represented at world level by the International Council for Homeopathy (ICH) at European level by the European Council for Classical Homeopathy (ECCH).