What does a homeopath do?
Homeopathy can be considered the alternative therapy to medical drugs, and also a different approach to disease to the conventional medical paradigm. A homeopath is a medically trained practitioner who has similar training to a medical doctor but with more focus on disease progression and less on acute symptoms. In other words, seeing the bigger picture when dealing with a symptom and trying to treat the whole individual.
Traditionally homeopaths use remedies made from nature such as plants, minerals and animals, which are prepared according to the Law of the minimal dose by progressively diluting and energizing these substances. Modern homeopathic doctors are often at the forefront of the surge of research worldwide into more natural forms of medications, and are now starting to integrate these herbal and nutraceutical modalities into their practices too.
Homeopathy started in 1796 in Germany by a medical doctor who discovered that if a certain substance could induce symptoms in healthy individuals, that same substance can cure those symptoms in a diluted form. Since then, modern homeopathy has many different methods of using these diluted substances, and the science has progressed and been clinically proven in practice as well as scientifically proven recently as to how such dilute substances can work in our bodies.
The chemicals in our bodies actually very often function with the same dilutions and the fine balance between hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters are triggered when slight changes occur .This keeps homeostasis and is happening continually in our bodies at this similar dilution. This is where homeopathic medicine is targeted, at the cellular level, and the effect is an improved cellular vitality, and eventually an improved physical and emotional state.
Homeopaths nowadays often integrate knowledge of herbs, nutrition and diet, as well as the psycho-emotional state to treat patients from a more all rounded perspective.