What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a scientific and effective system of medicine that has been in use for over 200 years. Homeopathic medicine works by stimulating the body’s own natural tendency to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill-health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment, not the disease. Homeopathic treatment is based on the philosophy that the body, mind and emotions are not separate parts of a person, but are all affected by each other; therefore the homeopath seeks to observe a pattern in the disharmony which is reflecting the complete individual.

As such, it is a truly holistic medicine that treats the individual on all levels – mind, body and emotions.

Homeopathy can be used to treat three different scenarios of ill-health

Constitutional Homeopathy

This type of Homeopathy refers to the treatment of the whole person; taking all their symptoms and characteristics on the physical, emotional and mental planes into account. When well prescribed, homeopathic medicines and remedies can cause a profound healing response in an individual and can be very effective in treating long-term and chronic problems.

First Aid Homeopathy

Homeopathy is highly effective and safe in treatment of common ailments such as bruising, inflammation, minor burns and minor skin reactions (such as nappy rash or insect bites). It is well known to promote better post operative recovery. See our First Aid E-Guide here, as well as our Accident and Emergency Homeopathic Medicine Kit

Acute Homeopathy

Acute health problems are self limiting disease states that will eventually get better on their own, such as the common cold. Homeopathy seeks to minimize the impact of the more severe symptoms (such as alleviating a dry, painful cough) and is very safe without any harmful side effects. See what kinds of issues Homeopathy can help
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Homeopathic medicines (called remedies) are made from repeated dilutions of natural substances. There are thousands of remedies that the homeopath can use. Homeopathic treatment is based on the principle that what can cause disease in a healthy person, can also remove it in the sick. These remedies stimulate the body’s own defences and immune system to respond appropriately. Nutritional advice may also be given.

When homeopathy remedies are made, they undergo a very specific process of preparation which includes both vigorous shaking (which is called succussing) and repeated and accurate dilution (which is called potentization). The more you dilute and succuss a remedy, the more potent it becomes.

Because homeopathic medicines are so carefully formulated, it is understood that they resonate with the individual and stimulate the body into making its own healing response.

The homeopath tries to understand the symptoms of the individual as these are the expression of the inner disease. Unlike conventional medicine which uses drugs to inhibit or suppress symptoms, homeopathic medicine seeks to understand the total picture of symptoms that are being expressed, and to remove the underlying cause of these symptoms. This is why the homeopath takes the time to try and understand the whole patient, as symptoms on all levels can be expressions of the same inner imbalance.

What is the difference between homeopathy and conventional medicine?
Homeopathy: This is based on treating you as a whole person in the knowledge that you may have symptoms on 3 levels (physical, mental and emotional). The medicines are customized to be exactly right for you as a unique individual.

Homeopathy works to remove the underlying imbalance that is causing your ill-health.

Conventional medicine: This usually relies on treating the physical symptoms and does not try and understand the other aspects of you as an individual that may be contributing to, or causing your ill-health. This may involve suppression, control or elimination of these physical symptoms without addressing the underlying imbalance.

How does homeopathy differ from naturopathy?
Homeopathy seeks to understand the nature of each individual patient and their disease and prescribes a different remedy for each type of disease state as each patient is different. Therefore you can say that homeopaths are specialists. Although naturopaths take a thorough case for each individual patient, Naturopaths by contrast are generalists as they have certain protocols to treat certain disease states. They predominantly use herbs, supplements and diet to treat patients and their homoeopathic knowledge is usually limited.
Where can I buy Homeopathic medicines?
Homeopathic medicines can be bought from The Homeopathic Coach as we have an extensive dispensary, or direct from a specialist homeopathic pharmacy. Click here to see what I consider to be the most comprehensive home homeopathic medicine kit available anywhere in the world today. We at The Homeopathic Coach recommend two pharmacies in the Southern Hemisphere: Similimum and Brauer.


Many diseases respond well to homeopathic treatment and homeopathy is an ideal preventative medicine as it strengthens the immune system and the body’s natural defences against disease. It treats both mental and emotional conditions as well as physical ones.

Homeopathy can help where other forms of medicine may have failed or the side effects have caused additional problems. It may be that there has been no definitive diagnosis but YOU know you are not feeling right.

Homeopathy has a gentle action well suited to the ailments of babies and children and can be used safely in pregnancy. It is also effective in treatment of stress, bereavement and depression.

There are many ailments and conditions for which homeopathy is suited. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Coughs
  • Cuts and grazes
  • Digestive Complaints
  • Eczema
  • Emotional issues / Trauma
  • Glandular Fever
  • Grief
  • Headaches / Migraine
  • Influenza
  • Infertility / Conception
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Men’s Health
  • Nightmares
  • Pre and Post Operative Care
  • Recurring infections
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress / Depression
  • Birth Trauma
  • Breastfeeding
  • Childbirth
  • Childbirth Recovery
  • Conception
  • Infertility / Conception
  • Menopause
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Post Natal Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Women’s health
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Aspergers
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Bedwetting
  • Behavioural problems
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Earaches / glue ear
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Nappy Rash
  • Nightmares
  • Recurring Infections
  • Reflux
  • Sleep Problems
  • Teething
Can homeopathy treat behavioural problems in children?

Homeopathy can very effectively treat behavioural issues in children and can also be a good and effective alternative to ADHD or ADD medication in many cases as long as other recommendations are followed. It can also have very positive outcomes with other disorders such as Asperger’s and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. For more information on treating these conditions click here.

Is homeopathy safe in pregnancy?

Homeopathy is a very gentle medicine and is an excellent way of treating ailments during pregnancy especially when many conventional medicines are ill advised. See our Natural Pregnancy System.

Can homeopathy treat psychological issues such as depression and anxiety?

Yes. Homeopathy can treat these issues very successfully. It is also considered very useful as an adjunct to counselling as it can both support and speed up the counselling process as it helps the patient move through emotional and mental issues. We can treat you Homeopathically to support your own therapy or we can offer a combined Counselling and Homeopathy Wellness Program.