Homeopathy is a medical approach based on the idea that the body can heal itself.
Symptoms of disease are seen as the body’s attempts to restore health.
Homeopathy posits that “like cures like.” In this framework, a tiny amount of the same substance (that in larger amounts causes a symptom in a healthy person) may cure the illness by boosting the body’s normal defensive and restorative process. Homeopathic medicines are meant to stimulate the body to absorb nutrients more efficiently, help the body recognize patterns of ill health and be stimulated to change these patterns to a healthier response in healing.
Doses of a barely detectable amount of natural substances – similar to the idea of a vaccine – are matched to the individual’s unique symptoms, and delivered in pills or liquids.
Homeopathic medicines can be used in acute situations, such as a child’s earache, as well as for chronic pain and systemic dysfunction; to treat cuts and scrapes and muscle strains or sprains, allergies, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. Homeopathic treatment is not considered appropriate for illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, major infections, or emergencies.