What is homeopathy?

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy, is a form of complementary or alternative treatment that is based on two unconventional theories [1]:
  • “Like cures like”—the idea that an ailment can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.
  • “Law of minimum dose”—the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.

What are the homeopathic products?

Homeopathic products come from mineral, plants or animals. Homeopathic products often come in the form of pellets that are placed under the tongue; they may also be in other forms, such as ointments, gels, drops, creams, and tablets. Treatments are tailored to each person, therefore it’s common for different people with the same condition to receive different treatments [1].

Uses of homeopathy

Homeopathy is used for a wide variety of health conditions. Some practitioners believe it can help with a lot of these conditions. Among the most common conditions that people seek homeopathic treatment for are [2]:
  • asthma
  • ear infections
  • hay fever
  • mental health conditions, such as depression, stress and anxiety
  • allergies, such as food allergies
  • dermatitis (an allergic skin condition)

Is it safe?

Homeopathic remedies are generally safe, and the risk of a serious adverse side effect arising from taking these remedies is thought to be small. Some homeopathic remedies may contain substances that aren’t safe or interfere with the action of other medicines. Therefore, you should consult your GP before stopping any treatment prescribed by a doctor, or avoiding procedures such as vaccination, in favour of homeopathy [2].

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To know more about this topic, check out episode#31 on DOTIVthepodcast titled “Discussing Skin Sensitivities in Children with a Homeopath” with hosts Guni & Thasha and guest Alastair Hay.


  1. Lefebvre, K., 2012. Homeopathy. New Delhi: World Technologies, pp.23-36.
  2. Lockie, A. and Geddes, N., 2011. Homeopathy. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Dorling Kindersley, pp.55-69.
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