The type of homeopathy practiced at this clinic is called classical homeopathy, sometimes also called constitutional homeopathy. Classical homeopathy has been in use for over 200 years, originating in Germany. It involves the use of only one medicine at a time. Homeopathic medicines are usually made from something in our natural world such as a mineral, plant or animal. The medicines are prepared in such a way that they are non-toxic and gentle on the body. They stimulate the body to heal itself.
Homeopathy means “similar medicine.” A classical homeopath prescribes a homeopathic remedy based on the homeopathic principle that “like cures like” – that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to cure those same symptoms in illness. For example, one homeopathic remedy which might be used in a person suffering from insomnia is coffea, a remedy made from coffee.
Is a classical homeopath the same thing as a naturopath or herbalist?
No, it is definitely not the same thing. Naturopaths go through an intensive training program for 4 years. During this time, they learn about many different healing modalities such as acupuncture, herbalism and homeopathy. Because they only have a short time to learn many different healing modalities, they do not study classical homeopathy in depth. Classical homeopaths study only homeopathy intensively for 4 years. Because classical homeopathy is so complex, an intensive time spent studying it in depth is needed to truly be able to practice and understand it correctly. Many students of homeopathy agree that the full 4 years of training is needed in order to truly be good prescribers.
Some of our remedies are prepared from herbs, but they are not prepared in the same way as herbalists or TCM doctors would prepare them. Homeopathic medicines are prepared using special homeopathic methods. Their action on the body is gentle, with no toxicity or side effects. Herbs, on the other hand, are not always gentle on the body. Many people do benefit from using herbs. However, a lot of sensitive people who cannot tolerate the use of herbs can tolerate homeopathic medicines.