What is Homeopathy
According to the British Homeopathic association founded in 1902.
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. In other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if taken in large amounts.
The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease. Taking all these factors into account a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability.
Homeopathic medicines are safe to use as they rarely cause side-effects.
They are regulated as drugs by the FDA (in Canada, regulated as drugs by Health Canada), can be used as first-line treatment for a large number of acute or chronic conditions, either alone or in conjunction with conventional medicines. This means when used appropriately under the guidance of a qualified homeopath they can be taken by people of all ages, including babies, children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
In a homeopathic consultation, the homeopath will ask the patient about the personal and family medical history, the symptoms and will examine the patient. Examination and investigation are all important in establishing the diagnosis, but the homeopathic doctor will also direct the attention to knowing you as an individual and the unique way in which your symptoms affect you.
In that regard during the consultation, there will also be questions about your lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality, and sleep patterns to help the homeopath to form a complete picture of you. This picture will be matched to the symptoms of your illness in order to prescribe a particular type and strength of homeopathic medicine.
Dr. Villamarin is a lifetime student of homeopathy and a CEDH graduate.