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Homeopathy - one of several modalities used by Doctors of Naturopathy - is a system which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognizes that symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that the patient may need treatment, not the disease.

Different people react in different ways to the same illness. In order to find the correct remedy, your naturopath will need to know about your physical symptoms, about you, and about how your symptoms affect you.

Homeopathic remedies cannot cause side effects and you cannot become addicted to them. This is because only a minute amount of the active ingredient is used in a specially prepared form.

What is Homeopathy?

In 1796, a German doctor, Samuel Hahneman, discovered a different approach to healing the sick, which he called homeopathy (from the Greek words meaning "similar suffering"). Like Hippocrates two thousand years earlier, he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health: the way of "opposites" and the way of "similars".

Take for example, a case of insomnia. The way of opposites is to treat this problem by giving a drug to bring on artificial sleep. This frequently involves the use of regular doses of drugs, which can cause side effects or addictions.

The way of similars, the homeopathic way, is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance, which in large doses causes sleep-less ness in a healthy person. Surprisingly, this can enable the patient to sleep naturally. Because of the minute dosage, no side effects or addiction will result.

How Does It Work?

Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body's own healing ability when that great capacity is faulty, blocked or slow to provide the proper homeopathic remedy that will act as a stimulus to the curative powers of your body, your naturopath must prescribe the right remedy and the right dosage for you.