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What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a method of treatment which has its origins in antiquity. The basic principle is the law of similars, which means "treat like with like". The principle can be found in the ancient Sanskrit writings of India, the teachings of Hippocrates and, in the Middle Ages, Paracelcus. But the founder of homeopathy as we now know it was Samuel Hahnemann, two centuries ago. The law of similars also applies in the modern concepts of immunisations and allergy vaccines, where a toxin is introduced to the body in a form which causes a healthy curative or preventative response. Because homeopathic doses are so diluted, side effects are extremely unlikely and easily treatable. One would need to consume several times one's body weight of the homeopathic medicine at one time to achieve a potentially toxic dose!

The medicines are produced by "succussion" (serial dilution and rhythmical shaking of the original substance). For the medicine to be effective, a close match must be made between the toxic effects of the original substance and symptoms produced by the disease. Two examples may make this easier to follow: A child with streptococcal tonsillitis may be delirious from fever with red face and large shining pupils. These same clinical symptoms could also result from poisoning by Belladonna berries. If it is correctly prescribed, homeopathic Belladonna can bring down the fever in minutes and also deal with the underlying infection by stimulating the child's immune defences. Any appropriate conventional medical treatment can be given at the same time. This could include antibiotics and general home-nursing care (paracetamol, cool sponging, fluid replacement, etc). A fall or other blunt injury could cause pain and swelling from damage to the soft tissues, such as blood vessels and nerves. Poisoning by the roots of the wild alpine plant Arnica montana can also produce the same pain and swelling by causing leakage from blood vessels. Repeated clinical observation shows that the administration of homeopathic Arnica will result in decrease in swelling and pain in such injuries in minutes. In the case of physical trauma, clinical assessment for serious injury would be done as a matter of course and treated appropriately. Ice, compression and elevation, as well as any indicated treatment and investigation would be given. All responsible homeopathic practitioners recommend that if these symptoms do not begin to settle in minutes, then urgent medical assessment becomes vital to eliminate the risk of fracture.

How can such tiny doses achieve anything at all?

A growing amount of data shows the preparation of homeopathic medicine changes the properties of water molecule clusters. Predictable changes in the conductivity of water and nuclear magnetic resonance studies with various potencies of a homeopathic medicine, together with other observations, indicate that the homeopathic principle is scientific and verifiable by any unbiased observer. However, more medical doctors have been converted to acceptance of homeopathy by the effectiveness of homeopathic Arnica in cases of bruising than all the clever experiments one can devise. References from both homeopathic and non-homeopathic scientific literature are available by writing to the address below:

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