Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on the Law of Similars. The idea is to stimulate the body to recover itself by giving patients miniscule doses of a substance that causes symptoms similar to those being experienced. The theory behind this is that the minute dose will stimulate the body's own healing powers without side effects.
How it works:
By successively diluting the initial homeopathic substance, it is diluted to its physical limit. This dilution limit is reached when the volume of the solute is unlikely to contain a single molecule of the original solvent. The limit recognizes that there is a large but finite and specific number of atoms or molecules in a mole of substance (a mole is the molecular weight of a substance, expressed in grams). That number of atoms or molecules is 6.022 X 1023, also known as Avogadro's number.
Dilution of the initial homeopathic substance in water alters the structure of the hydrogen bonds within it. Although there is no longer a single molecule of the initial homeopathic substance in the water (due to its extreme dilution) the altered hydrogen bond structure of the water remains intact. Recent work done in the fields of quantum physics, electrical resistance of homeopathic dilutions and their waveforms, and quantum photochemistry, have studied this phenomenon. These studies have further substantiated the notion that water retains a memory of substances once dissolved.
It is believed that the molecular properties retained by the water in homeopathic dilutions, stimulate a healing effect in the body that is specific to the root cause of the conditions experienced by the patient.
How it’s prescribed:
Homeopathy is a powerful tool that affects healing on a physical, mental, and emotional level. A homeopathic remedy is selected using a complete individualized picture, in addition to the disease symptom picture. This holistic method is contrary to Western diagnostic techniques, which base diagnosis more exclusively on disease symptoms. For this reason different people with the same symptoms may receive a different homeopathic prescription.
Homeopathic medicines in high dilutions, taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions. Some patients report feeling worse for a brief period of time after starting homeopathic remedies, as the body can temporarily stimulate symptoms in the process of making an effort to restore health. Few reports of illness associated to homeopathic remedies have been made to the FDA. Upon review of these reports the FDA determined that the remedies were an unlikely cause of illness, reinforcing their overall safety.