What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine that was developed over 200 years ago by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann.
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Why is Homeopathy so popular?
Recent years have seen a huge growth of interest in homeopathy. This is part of the surge of interest in complementary therapies driven by worries about environmental problems such as chemicals in food, and concerns about the side effects and failings of some conventional drugs and treatments. People would like to be treated as individuals and want their practitioners to take time to listen.
- Remedies are based on natural ingredients only and are not tested on animals – all homeopathic medicines are tested through systematic trials with healthy human volunteers. They are non-toxic and non-addictive.
- It addresses the whole person. A homeopath considers the complaints of a patient in totality. Symptoms are seen as a sign of imbalance and ill health - Homeopathy seeks to address the symptoms and through them the cause of illness, thereby enabling the body to heal itself and get back into balance.
- It is a complementary therapy, and can be taken alongside other medication as well as on its own.
Evidence for Homeopathy gives you some facts about who uses homeopathy and the research projects that have been carried out.
General quotes about homeopathy
"Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical and a most complete medical science.” Mahatma Gandhi
"There have been two great revelations in my life. The first was bebop, the second was homeopathy.” Dizzy Gillespie
"Homeopathy is one of the few specialised areas in medicine, which carries no disadvantages but only advantages." Sir Yehudi Menhuin
"I never go anywhere without my homeopathic remedy kit!" Sir Paul McCartney
Indian Government: At the end of 2007, the Indian Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched a campaign to increase public awareness of homeopathy for mother and child care. The Indian Government is planning the integration of alternative medicine systems with mainstream health care.