Homeopathy Listeni/ˌhoʊmiˈɒpəθi/ (also spelled homoeopathy or homœopathy; from the Greek hómoios- ὅμοιος- “like-” + páthos πάθος “suffering”) is a system of alternative medicine originated in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on the doctrine of similia similibus curentur (“like cures like”), according to which a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people. Scientific research has found homeopathic remedies ineffective and their postulated mechanisms of action implausible. Within the medical community homeopathy is generally considered quackery.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared by repeatedly diluting a chosen substance in alcohol or distilled water, followed by forceful striking on an elastic body, called succussion. Each dilution followed by succussion is said to increase the remedy’s potency. Dilution usually continues well past the point where none of the original substance remains. Homeopaths select remedies by consulting reference books known as repertories, considering the totality of the patient’s symptoms as well as the patient’s personal traits, physical and psychological state, and life history.

The low concentrations of homeopathic remedies, often lacking even a single molecule of the diluted substance, lead to an objection that has dogged homeopathy since the 19th century: how, then, can the substance have any effect? Modern advocates of homeopathy have suggested that “water has a memory”—that during mixing and succussion, the substance leaves an enduring effect on the water, perhaps a “vibration”, and this produces an effect on the patient. However, nothing like water memory has ever been found in chemistry or physics. Pharmacological research has found, contrary to homeopathy, that stronger effects of an active ingredient come from higher doses, not lower doses.

Homeopathic remedies have been the subject of numerous clinical trials, which test the possibility that they may be effective through some mechanism unknown to science. In these trials, homeopathy performed no better than placebo. Ąlthough some trials produced positive results, systematic reviews revealed that this was because of chance, flawed research methods, and reporting bias. The proposed mechanisms for homeopathy are precluded by the laws of physics from having any effect. Patients who choose to use homeopathy rather than evidence based medicine risk missing timely diagnosis and effective treatment of serious conditions.The regulation and prevalence of homeopathy vary greatly from country to country

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That Mitchell and Webb Look: Homeopathic A&E

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What is Homeopathy?

What is Homeopathy?

The basic principle of homeopathy is the “law of the similar”, i.e., medical conditions are to be healed with remedies that are similar to the condition. It´s often called gentle medicine, natural medicine, alternative medicine, complementary medicine, bio medicine, or natural healing.

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James Randi: Homeopathy, quackery and fraud

James Randi: Homeopathy, quackery and fraud

http://www.ted.com Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world’s psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I’ll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)

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Welcome to Homeopathy Help Website

This homeopathy educational and non-profit website is a labour of love (and a work in progress) and was written and constructed by Simon King, a classical homeopath with over 18 years clinical experience. There are over 2000 pages (and growing) of information on how homeopathy works and how to effectively apply it. Contact me if you have specific questions about homeopathy not answered on this site. All information on this site is (currently) free to access.


Homeopathy works on real, live patients, not on test tubes. If you understand homeopathy, you’ll understand why.

That patients get better from homeopathy there is no doubt, the evidence is there in the patients themselves. The complaint so often presented though is that this is anecdotal evidence and therefore somehow not valid. I find it extraordinary that in a world where the majority entrust their very soul’s welfare to beliefs based on anecdotal evidence (religious and spiritual experiences and beliefs), the same majority will not allow anecdotal evidence for their medical welfare!

I really couldn’t care less whether homeopathy is ‘scientific’ or not, nor could I care less whether it can be repeated in test tubes. Bear in mind that those systems (‘scientific’, double blind trials etc.) are the same ones that condone those very drugs that you read about with fairly consistant frequency in the papers, which have been removed from service having been found to be more dangerous than beneficial, or to be worse than placebo (e.g. the recent report on antidepressants having no clinical benefit). All those drugs were sanctioned by exactly the same system that naysayers want to subject homeopathy to!

No matter how homeopathy works, what I do care passionately about is that people get to see it work and do not throw it away like an uncut diamond in the hands of a gardener, i.e. no value is seen in it because it doesn’t look like what we expect.

I care that people do not dismiss it out of hand purely because they cannot understand how it works, or because it does not fit into an understanding they already have of medicine; one which is limited by systems that are simply not applicable to homeopathy. Those very systems that people try to fit homeopathy into, are often the very reason why patients come to see homeopaths in the first place because it is those systems which have failed the patient, i.e. their doctors couldn’t do any thing for them, yet homeopaths often can and do.

If something so patently effective by its results (and so very safe) is dismissed by those who may have medical or social status but no expertise in the field of homeopathy, the losers are not only the patients but the countries’ health budgets. Homeopathy is extremely cheap compared to conventional Western medicine.

The arguements against homeopathy cannot be justified on the grounds that it doesn’t work.Those who have personally benefitted from or who have studied homeopathy will understand why such antagonism as appears in the media is entirely unjustified.

Instead of starting from the position that ‘homeopathy can’t work therefore it doesn’t’; why not take the position that ‘patients are cured when they go to see homeopaths so let’s investigate how this happens’?

Proof of the pudding?

It’s good to question, it’s OK to doubt, much better to explore, and really great to actually study:
– what is not good is blind dismissal from misconceptions and half formed lopsided arguments.

*New …- what is downright peurile is the recent media charades where the anti-homeopathy brigade swallowed whole bottles of ‘homeopathic’ remedies outside Boots the Chemists to demonstrate that there was ‘nothing’ in them: again underlining not only their ignorance ( it has nothing to do with ‘quantity’) but the silly lengths they will go to to persuade the public their opinion should be validated.

Homeopathy FAQ’s


Curing with similars

This is a similar idea to that of vaccinations; by providing the body with a ‘taster’ of the disease, it prompts the body to create resistance but unlike vaccinations, homeopathy is given not just as a preventative, but most often as a remedy to an existing condition.

When taking homeopathic medicine, you are effectively kick-starting your body into fighting the problem itself by giving your immune system the necessary information to do so. This gentle approach has many obvious advantages and is able to offer a response tailored to your specific symptoms.

What does curing with ‘similars’ mean?

.. it means using a substance that could cause a similar problem to cure the problem, e.g. in a condition where the skin had symptoms that looked and felt like a nettle sting even though it wasn’t (e.g. urticaria), Nettle might be used homeopathically because the effects of nettle are ‘similar’.

Why would this actually cure the ‘similar’ problem?

The genius of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, was to discover that when made susceptible by illness our bodies do indeed react to the homeopathic remedy as if it were actually causing a similar problem. Thus our system safely cures itself by this reaction, because the remedy it has been given is similar to the disease.

What does the medicine contain ?

Although there are thousands of different remedies, the carrier for them is usually the same, homeopathic medicines are usually in the form of small sugar pills. These sugar bases carry the individual prescribed remedy. This is created by potentising it; i.e. repeatedly diluting it down so that less than trace elements of the substance, which can be anything from an everyday plant to a rare mineral, remain. Fortunately, the body is naturally so sensitive when ill that it is able to respond to these otherwise undetectable amounts.

Is it safe ?

Although homeopathic medicines should be kept away from children and not taken unprescribed, it is impossible to suffer a toxic overdose. Homeopathy is equally safe for children, the elderly, seriously ill, even newly born babies, for this reason it is also particularly suitable for people who are in a very fragile state.

Giving a dose of the wrong remedy (i.e. an un-homeopathic remedy) does nothing because it is so dilute and unless it is similar (homeopathic) to the disease the body has no susceptability to it and therefore no reaction.

Homeopaths use specially prepared highly dilute (and therefore safe) substances called ‘potentised’ remedies.
It is safe because the remedy is so dilute that there is no possibility of a toxic reaction.

What ailments can it be used for ?

Homeopathy is a holistic system which can be extremely beneficial to a vast range of physical and emotional problems.

Examples include;

In theory there is no limit to what conditions homeopathy could treat; in practice it depends on the experience of the practitioner and also the laws in different countries limiting what can be treated.

While treatment for some problems is complex and requires detailed diagnosis and prescription by a qualified homeopath, there are many complaints for which homeopathic medicine can be simply, safely and effectively self-prescribed.. E.g remedies like Arnica (for bruises) are especially useful for a first aid box and can be purchased in most chemists.

What does treatment involve ?

Treatment should always be with a homeopath who is Registered with a member of CORH and who holds a recognised qualification.(depends on country). This ensures that he or she will have completed a 3 or 4 year professional course and be fully qualified and accredited to practice.

At your first appointment your homeopath will want to know about your past illnesses, even seemingly unrelated emotional or physical difficulties you have been experiencing, in addition to the details of the problem which has caused you to seek advice. From this, your homeopath will be able to build a detailed and personal picture of the possible causes, course and personality of your ailment and will subsequently prescribe your medicine.

It is usual that after taking the remedy for a specified amount of time, you report back to your homeopath who will then advise you on what next to take. Appointments are usually person to person but can be over the telephone (often useful for emergencies), sometimes even in your home should you be too ill to leave the house.

Does Homeopathy work?

If you know nothing about homeopathy it may a strange idea when first encountered – but it really does work

Homeopathy will work only if applied according to homeopathic principles, this is why it is so important to understand the basics of homeopathy and its difference to other forms of medicine before trying to use it.

What is ‘allopathy’?

Homeopathy is much more akin in its philosophy to that of Eastern medicine than it is to that of Western medicine, but in lieu of acupuncture, shiatzu, moxibustion etc , homeopathy uses its potentised remedies to stimulate the system to heal itself..

The principle of ‘similars’ contrasts with the principle of ‘opposites’ (allopathy) used by conventional Western medicine:

e.g. Western medicine uses something to prevent a skin condition by suppressing it with an agent (coal tar products, steroids based creams etc) that is an opposite to the problem, thus preventing the body’s reaction, whereas homeopathy uses something that could cause a similar condition, to get the body to react curatively itself, i.e. non-suppressive

What Is Homeopathy And Is It Real Science?

What Is Homeopathy And Is It Real Science?

Homeopathy is practiced as a form of alternative medicine in many parts of the world. What does science have to say about it?

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2014, A Bad Year For Homoeopathy
“Homoeopathy is based on two principles “like cures like” and extreme dilution, in most cases to levels so dilute that there is almost no chance of a single remaining molecule of original compound being present in the remedy. ”

Should doctors recommend homeopathy?
“Of all the major forms of complementary medicine, homeopathy is the most misunderstood. Based on the concept of “treating like with like,” homeopathy originated with the German physician Samuel Hahnemann.”

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