Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine which uses heavily diluted extracts of natural ingredients to create remedies for a myriad of medical conditions, such as infections, allergies, anxiety and hypertension. Medicines are generally available in tablets, lotions and ointments.
The concept of homeopathy works on the principle of ‘like cures like’. It is believed that an ingredient which may induce symptoms of an illness in a healthy person can help cure someone who is ill with those symptoms. Homeopaths also claim that rather than acting directly on how the illness manifests itself, remedies work carefully on the underlying causes, taking into account mental and psychological factors and strengthening immunity.
Since its inception in the 19th century, homeopathy has become popular all over the globe, particularly in Asia but increasingly so in the western world, becoming a multi million dollar business in North America and Europe.
While its advocates are confident in the efficacy of homeopathy, the medical profession as a whole remains sceptical, pointing to a lack of conclusive evidence that it has anything other than a placebo effect.
Here you can find out more on the background of homeopathy, what it is said to treat and how it can be used. We also look at the effects of homeopathy, the claims made by the industry and how it is viewed by the medical establishment.
It can be difficult to find much authoritative information about homeopathy on the internet. This site should be able to help you make up your own mind about homeopathy and whether or not it can work for you.