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General Health - Understanding Homeopathy

By Orley Moyal MTech (Hom) SA

Homeopathy dates back centuries, but how does it work?

Homeopathy is a form of complementary medicine that has been used in the UK for over 200 years. Homeopathy is a complete system of energetic medicine that works to maintain health and balance in the body. It works with, and allows, your body to respond to specific signals, presented as signs and symptoms. In this way, homeopathy supports the body's innate healing, repair and defence mechanisms, referred to as the ‘Vital Force’. Thus, maintaining a state of balance (homeostasis) – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  

The word ‘homeopathy’ comes from the Greek homoios (similar) and pathos (disease or suffering) in reference to its founding principle, the ‘Law of Similars’, whereby a substance, which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can likewise cure these same symptoms in an ill person, when used in very specific doses (like cures like). Homeopathy does not consider signs and symptoms as the actual disease but views them merely as an indication of the patient’s ‘Vital Force’, or innate healing and repair mechanisms, attempting to re-establish health and balance.

Homeopathic principles are rooted in ancient writings and in the traditions of native medicines. These concepts were re-discovered by German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) and his approach to healthcare quickly spread throughout Europe and beyond, whereby approximately 20% of German doctors and 30% of French doctors regularly use homeopathic medicines today. Homeopathy’s longstanding presence in Britain’s national healthcare system is highlighted by the fact that the British royal family has used and supported homeopathy since the 1830s.

Homeopathy has proved to be especially popular in the fields of paediatrics and veterinary medicine where its gentle effects are not susceptible to suggestion and could not be dismissed simply as the placebo effect.

Since homeopathy’s conception, over 200 years ago, science and medicine have progressed along with our body’s needs to adapt to an extremely varied diet and contend with a new range of issues or obstacles to cure; such as electromagnetic radiation, synthetic and chemical preservatives, pollution from pesticides, fertilisers and combustion; all of which compromise mechanisms of self healing and vitality. Homeopathy has, thus, also evolved and accommodated these changes by integrating essential nutritional and lifestyle treatments to create a more holistic approach to health. 

In light of this, two insightful homeopaths, Robin Logan MCH RSHom FSHom and Elizabeth Hemmings MA LCH RSHom, began researching nutrition in combination with homeopathy.

Their findings highlighted the value of plant nutrition. With this in mind, they formulated SuperPhyte, combining 14 plant-derived antioxidants and nutrients to help support the body’s vital force in maintaining health and balance, thus taking homeopathy into the 21st Century.

In a world and time where we are so overwhelmed with all sorts of signals and messages, including a destructive vein of scepticism about homeopathy and natural medicine, it seems important to recognise our own body’s potential to heal itself and to look at forms of medicine that use the body’s messages as a guide to natural health. 

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