Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann over 250 years ago. It is based on the law of similars, “treat like with like”. This states that any substance which can cause symptoms, whether physical, emotional or mental to appear in a healthy human being can restore to health an individual showing similar symptoms. Hahnemann named the practice homeopathy from the Greek homoios (the same) and pathos (suffering).
For example: If you peel an onion you may produce tears and your nose may run. When these symptoms are present in the common cold or hayfever, Allium Cepa (the homeopathic remedy made from onion) may be prescribed.
So in order to heal you a homeopath has to find the remedy that matches your symptoms.
The homeopathic medicines, or remedies, are made out of plants, minerals and other natural substances. These are highly diluted during a process called potentisation. During this process the remedy is succussed, or shaken, in order to trigger the reaction within the remedy which makes it so potent. The more a remedy is diluted and succussed, the more potent or powerful it becomes.
Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine which means that it does not treat individual symptoms or a named diagnosis but rather a complete picture of the whole individual, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.