Advertisement

How does homeopathy work?

Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the law of similars. This law states that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person (like cures like). For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, homeopathic practitioners believe that a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.

The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why homeopaths will choose a remedy they believe supports the symptoms, rather than opposing them or suppressing them.

Homeopathy also recognizes that each person exhibits his or her disease in a unique way. Therefore, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches a unique symptom profile of the individual.

In homeopathy, the ideal is that a person needs just enough of the homeopathic remedy to stimulate his or her healing response. Finally, homeopathy seeks a cure that makes further medication of any kind unnecessary. 

Continue Learning about Homeopathy

What is homeopathy?
National Center for HomeopathyNational Center for Homeopathy
Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the law of similars. This law states that a medicine ...
More Answers
What is homeopathic medicine?
RealAgeRealAge
Homeopathy makes use of natural substances that are prepared in a health-promoting way. It's bas...
More Answers
Is Homeopathy Regulated?
Is Homeopathy Regulated?
Do I Need a Prescription for Homeopathic Medications?
Do I Need a Prescription for Homeopathic Medications?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.