Homeopathic Medicine

It is the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that stimulate the healing process.

Homeopathic remedies work with the body to help stimulate its healing functions. In medicine, there are two basic ways for treating ill health:

  1. the way of opposites; and
  2. the way of similars.

Consider a patient with a cough. The way of opposites is to use anti-cough drugs that suppress the cough. The way of similars (homeopathy) is to give medicine to help the body recover from the cough. A homeopathic substance that will cause a cough in healthy persons can cure a similar cough and restore health in an ill patient.

In homeopathy, your uniqueness is very important. Using our cough example, conventional medicine treats all coughs alike. In homeopathy, how you uniquely express the cough is important to your treatment as are the other symptoms associated with your cough. All of the symptoms you experience are important to help us select the correct homeopathic medicine for you.

To help your naturopathic clinician identify the appropriate homeopathic medicine, accurate observation and reporting of your symptoms is essential. Here are some things that you can think about before your next visit:

  • Unusual symptoms and the characteristics of your illness
  • The pattern of your symptoms
  • Anything that makes your symptoms better or worse
  • Your level of energy and what effects it
  • How your energy changes during a normal day
  • Your body’s response to weather
  • Your sleep position and patterns
  • Recurrent dreams
  • Foods that you especially like, dislike or that affect you
  • Your thirst and fluid intake
  • Your bodily functions such as bowel movements, periods, sweating patterns
  • Your personality

Homeopathic medicines are made from plant, animal or mineral products which are so diluted that there is no chance of toxicity.