Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is a safe and gentle way of treating ailments. It works by stimulating the body to find its own resources rather than giving pharmaceutical medicines that not only leave a toxic residue that the body must eliminate, but can mask the symptoms without dealing with the actual causes.
The right remedy can eliminate an irritating superficial ailment with amazing rapidity. However, when the ailment is deeper and more chronic, treatment should be prescribed in the classical way. This means that the one single remedy is sought, the one that will change the innermost "susceptibility" of the patient from its deepest point, thus strengthening the way in which the organism responds to causes.
Homeopathic remedies are made from natural sources from the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms. A homeopathic pharmacist prepares the substance in such a way that the energy, or memory, of the substance becomes the stimulus. The body recognizes the substance in a dynamic way, and the response that is triggered leads to increased wellness. There is no toxic residue and no damaging side effects.
A homeopath recognizes that the symptoms are not the disease itself, but rather the voice telling us that something is wrong. It is very dangerous to eliminate symptoms without addressing the actual cause of illness. Homeopaths call this "suppression" and take great care to prescribe for what is really going on and not just for the symptom. It is wonderful when the patient receives the correct remedy because, not only do the symptoms disappear, but also an increased feeling of well-being develops.
In the words of Samuel Hahnemann, who discovered homeopathy in Germany 200 years ago, when we become balanced, "our indwelling, reason gifted mind can freely employ this living healthy instrument for the higher purpose of our existence".