Homeopathy is one of the alternative medical forms of treatment.
It is supposed to stimulate the body's self-healing powers according to the so-called similarity principle. The following principle applies: a substance that causes certain symptoms in a healthy person should alleviate the same symptoms in a sick person. The homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted for this.
The principle of homeopathy goes back to the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann (1755 to 1844). Since he laid the foundation for the homeopathy definition, several thousand remedies have been added to the homeopathic pharmacy.
The homeopathic remedies contain fresh plants or parts of plants, substances of mineral origin or animals, parts of animals or their secretions - but in a very diluted form. Mathematically, they hardly contain any molecules of the original substance.
The effect that homeopaths ascribe to their remedies cannot be based on a molecular active ingredient, as is the case with conventional medicinal products or medicinal plants.
Pathogens or pathological material such as blood are rarely used as the starting material. Homeopathic remedies are also made from medicines and vaccines. However, they do not count among the remedies of classical homeopathy. Read more about the individual remedies here.
This dilution of active ingredients, the so-called potentiation, is an important principle of homeopathy. A remedy is considered to be more effective in homeopathy, the more it has been potentized and thus diluted. You can read exactly how this works in the following article:
Single remedies and homeopathic complex remedies
Homeopathic remedies are mostly single substances. Many manufacturers also offer so-called homeopathic complex remedies. In them, various homeopathic remedies are mixed in different potencies in order to expand the spectrum of action. However, these mixtures are not used in classical homeopathy.
Dosage forms in homeopathy
Homeopathic remedies are usually taken in the form of so-called globules. These are small milk sugar globules onto which potentized liquid is dripped. Alcoholic drops are also available. Special non-alcoholic solutions can also be produced on request.
In addition, tablets, ointments or suppositories are only available in homeopathic complex remedies. Eye drops and injections usually contain single remedies, but are only used in classical homeopathy for special indications.
You can get the homeopathic remedies in the correct potency either from your homeopath as part of the treatment, or you can then order them from the pharmacy. In addition, drug manufacturers also offer pocket pharmacies that are already filled with the most common homeopathic remedies - homeopathic house pharmacies.
Who is homeopathy suitable for?
Not only adults, but also babies and toddlers, pregnant women, old people or the seriously ill can be treated homeopathically. Read in the article "Homeopathy for babies and children" how to properly treat your offspring homeopathically.
But it is important: Homeopathy must not be used as the sole therapy for serious or life-threatening diseases! However, it can complement conventional medical treatment.
If homeopathic medicines are used against chronic diseases, the treatment should be carried out by an experienced homeopath. Because assessing the course of treatment is often very difficult.