Homeopathy is a complementary therapy that despite having roots in Ancient Greek medicine has only been used worldwide for around 200 years.
The therapy is based on the belief that “like cures like”, so a substance taken in small amounts can, in theory, help with the symptoms it causes when taken in larger doses. Each person is treated as a unique individual, with the aim of stimulating the body’s natural healing ability.
The homeopath will consider the individual’s symptoms and general health and well-being before selecting what they believe is the most appropriate medicine. It is commonly taken in the form of tablets and can be safely used to complement conventional medicine.
How popular is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is part of complementary and alternative medicine, a market estimated to grow at a rate of 23 per cent a year. Around 9 million people in the UK currently use homeopathy as their primary healthcare choice.