Homeopathy is a medical system, based on the principle of similars. Dr Samueal Hahnemann (1755-1845) was a German physician who developed the use of this therapeutic principle, or the Homeopathic law of “let likes be cured by likes”. This is based on the observation that substances are capable of causing symptoms in healthy people, when diluted and potentised, these same substances can cure (not just suppress) those same symptoms in ill people. Thus, the key to successful homeopathic treatment is identifying the similarity between the effects of the original substance in healthy people and the pattern of illness in the individual who is sick. Homeopathy has the potential to treat almost any disease and is safe to be used in any age group.
It is a misnomer that homeopathic medicine is slow acting and only work for chronic disease and allergies. When the correct remedy is selected, it can cure acute conditions (like fever, vomiting, diarrhoea ect) within a few hours, without just suppressing the symptoms.
In South Africa, homeopathic training involves a five year full-time degree (M.Tech.Hom). As part of the training research project (thesis) must be completed. To legally practice as a homeopath, practitioners must be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA). Practitioners can also register with the Medical Aid Council. Most medical aids do recognise homeopathy and will pay for consultation (and medication) from the savings pocket.
For more information and links to some good evidence based research studies go to the Homeopathic Association of South Africa’s website www.homeopathy.org.za