How do Homeopathic Medicines Work?

Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body to heal itself. They have been used effectively in clinical practice all over the world for 200 years.

Homeopathy is essentially a natural healing process, providing remedies to assist the patient to regain health by stimulating the body's natural healing forces. It concentrates on treating the patient, rather than the disease.

Homeopathic remedies are highly effective, scientifically proven, extremely cost-effective, non-habit forming, and they are equally effective on humans and animals.

Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, animal products, minerals and (occasionally) conventional drugs or disease matter. Homoeopathic remedies are not tested on animals.

When asking the patient to describe symptoms, the homeopath wants to go beyond such blanket terms as "rheumatism" or "asthma" and to discover how that particular condition presents in you as an individual in your own unique response to the disease process. Family history, past and present illness, emotional difficulties, individual sensitivities and many other aspects of the patient are discussed. The homeopath assists the patient to understand how seemingly separate symptoms can be related. The homeopath then chooses a homeopathic medicine that matches as closely as possible to the symptoms.

Homeopathy is not herbalism or naturopathy. While we do use many of the same natural substances, homeopathic medicines are uniquely different from naturopathic products because of the way they are made.

How do you know they work?

There is an abundance of evidence for their effectiveness:

  • 200 years of case reports
  • Sequences of case reports i.e a series of cases of patients with the same clinical condition
  • Numerous placebo-controlled clinical trials

For a summary of recent research refer ECCH research summary under Research.