Homeopathy is an alternative medicine that works on the basic premise that “like cures like”, that is recognised by the World Health Organization as the second largest therapeutic system in the world. The idea behind homeopathy is that matter that can cause disease can also be used in order to cure disease. Homeopathy is a fairly controversial form of alternative medicine that has been criticised virtually en masse by the scientific community who do not believe that there is any scientific basis in the discipline whatsoever.
In principle, homeopathy works by diluting a substance that can cause illness with distilled water and/or alcohol. This new substance is diluted a number of times, with the theory suggesting that the more times the substance is diluted, the more effective and potent that substance becomes. The substance is then given to the patient in a tablet form, with the idea being that it will cure them of the specific ailment that they are currently suffering from.
There are many different schools of thought about the possible benefits of homeopathy. One of the main benefits that is often mentioned is the fact that unlike other types of medicines it can be used by pregnant women and children, as well as not interfering with other medications being taken by the patient.
The main discipline of homeopathy is generally credited as being founded by Samuel Hahnemann but similar practises to homeopathy were used prior to this date. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician once prescribed a small amount of mandrake root to treat mania – mandrake root in much larger doses actually being the cause of mania. Nonetheless, it was Hahnemann who coined the term and it was first used in a printed document in 1807. At the time Hahnemann made waves with his theory, but it has since been proved to be completely false by the scientific community. There a number of homeopathy websites online that can provide further information for those interested in learning
Many homeopaths listed below are members of The Society of Homeopaths, the largest organisation registering professional homeopaths in the UK or The Alliance of Registered Homeopaths or The Homeopathic Medical Association. The British Homeopathic Association (incorporating the Homeopathic Trust) is a national charity which provides information on homeopathy and encourages further development of this natural system of medicine.