Understanding Homeopathy

Homeopathy, like traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, is a type of alternative medicine. As the name suggests, alternative medicine is a different way to look at the healing of the body. It not only works to help with a symptom but also addresses the root cause of the problem. Homeopathy, however, is quite different than other types of medicine.

Homeopathy was founded by German physician Dr. Samuel Christian Hahnemann more than 200 years ago. It can be broken down into three principles:

1.Law of similar or “like cures like”  

One of the main principles behind homeopathy is that like cures like. What this means is that a disease can be cured through medicine that creates similar symptoms. For example, if symptoms from your cold are similar to the effects that onions have on us (burning tears, runny nose), then a homeopathic remedy containing onion can help relieve your cold symptoms.

2.Minimum dose principles

Homeopathic remedy is all about the active ingredient that’s being diluted. It’s also about making sure the dilution or strength is appropriate for the individual based on his or her individual symptoms. Unlike other remedies, the higher number does not make it a stronger remedy. In fact, the same ingredient in different dilutions can help with different symptoms. A lower dilution is suitable for local symptoms, whereas higher dilutions work for more general and behavioral symptoms. It’s very important to know the right dilution that best matches ones’ symptoms.

3.Single remedy principle

A single homeopathic remedy should be an all-in-one remedy–helping mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. Therefore, when it comes to homeopathy, it’s important to speak with a homeopathic doctor who will conduct an in-depth analysis of all your symptoms before recommending a certain medicine. These practitioners are trained to match a patient’s symptoms with a precise remedy.

What the dilutions mean

And now that we know a little more about the principles of homeopathy, let’s dive a little into what the numbers and letters mean when you look at a homeopathic remedy. You may have seen something that looks like this: Allium Cepa 6C. Allium Cepa is the Latin name for the source material, which, in this case, happens to be an onion. As for the 6, it’s the amount of times that the ingredient has been homeopathically diluted, and the C indicates the dilution used. The most common dilutions one can find in homeopathic remedies are X, C, and M. For X, the ingredient is diluted in a ratio 1:10; for C, the ingredient is diluted in ratio 1:100; and lastly for M, the ingredient is diluted in a 1:1000 ratio.

Homeopathy is truly a fascinating form of healing and has been used for years to help treat allergies, cold & flu symptoms, digestive issues, and even sleep and stress! Learn more about different homeopathic remedies right on our site