Homeopathy is based on the principle of "like cures like". All symptoms are recognised by homeopaths as expressions of disharmony within the whole person and so it is the patient who is treated rather than the disease. Since individuals react in different ways to illness, homeopaths consider the personality of the patient as well as the physical symptoms. A remedy whose symptom picture matches that of the patient is then selected.

Homeopathic remedies are derived from mineral, plant and animal sources. They are diluted by a special process, known as potentisation, which releases their therapeutic properties. When administered they stimulate the body's own healing mechanisms to initiate the process of cure, but, in order to do this, they must be prescribed homoeopathically on the basis of their similarity to the patient's symptom picture. The symptom picture of a remedy is derived from "provings" - tests in which the remedy was administered to healthy persons until symptoms developed that indicated a deviation from their normal state of health. It is these symptoms that form the basis of homeopathic prescribing. Since the remedies were proved individually, only one remedy at a time is prescribed.

An early homeopath observed that the body's curative action formed a definite pattern, which became known as the Law of Cure. This pattern is used as a yardstick to assess the effectiveness of any treatment. It was noted that in any emergency the body's energies were firstly spent in preserving life and the most vital organs. Then, as disease moved from the interior and the disharmony was expelled, so the symptoms often appeared, like ripples on a pond, in less vital organs or on the surface of the body. Symptoms were also observed to move in a downward direction as old symptoms were thoroughly resolved and the trauma was removed from the body.

The production of symptoms is seen by homeopaths as a healthy phenomenon indicating that the organism is seeking to restore balance and health. The treatment does not interfere with this but blends with it to restore health as rapidly and gently as possible.

The isopathic desensitising remedies used for the treatment of allergies are prepared in
the Institute's Registered Pharmacy by dispensing techniques similar to that used when
preparing homoeopathic medicines.


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