Homeopathic Medicine is used by over 200 million people worldwide for treatment of acute and chronic conditions. Homeopathy utilises highly diluted, specific substances administered with the aim of triggering the body's own self healing mechanisms.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of the law of similars, or "like treats like". This principle works on the premise that a substance which causes symptoms in large enough doses, when taken in minute doses can treat similar symptoms. The same concept is also applied in conventional medicine where small doses of allergens are administered to de-sensitise allergic patients or when stimulants are used to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The difference with homeopathic treatment is that there are very few side effects due to the low dosing.
Along with the principle of "like treats like" are the principles of individualisation and minimum dose. Homeopathic treatment is to use the least number of medicines in the smallest doses with the fewest repetitions to restore health and wellbeing.
Homeopathy is particularly useful in treating children, highly sensitive people or chronic conditions, due to the minimal side effects.