In the early part of the 19th century, Samuel Hahnemann developed the system of medicine we now call homeopathy. The basic principle of homeopathy is that disease is a result of a disordered “vital force” and that to find permanent cure, one must use a medicine (or remedy) that is “vital” and has the potential for stimulating a healing response bringing the body back to a normal, healthy state. Hahnemann found that potentized, micro-dilutions of natural substances had the power to radically change a person’s state of health, provided that the remedy totally matched the disease expressions and overall state (mentally,emotionally and physically) of the patient. Remedies are chosen based on the homeopathic principle that “like cures like”. The clinical characteristics of a homeopathic remedy must match the overall expression of the state of the person.
Taking a homeopathic case not only takes into consideration the symptoms related to the dis-ease of the patient, but also takes into consideration the whole person, including how they are affected by the various situations and stresses in their life. As a result, over the course of homoeopathic treatment not only do symptoms disappear, but the person is in a much healthier state overall.