Herbs and plants to heal what ails you

Homeopathy uses a minute dose of the substance causing an illness to cure the same illness. The theory behind this natural form of medicine focuses on healing the body as a whole.

The theory is that homeopathic remedies - including herbs and plants, minerals or other substances - stimulate a person's immune and defense systems and help the body heal itself. Remedies are usually prescribed one at a time and may change as the symptoms disappear.

The first incarnation of homeopathic medicine was introduced by a German man, named Samuel Hahnemann, during the 18th century. Hahnemann developed this treatment when medicine was still in the dark ages, and based it on the ideas that healing comes from within and that like cures like. So essentially if certain diseases were caused by high doses of a substance - then an illness would be greatly diminished if the body was exposed to its equal.

Homeopathy has encompassed a broad range of techniques. Some homeopaths claimed to be able to heal by writing a remedy on a piece of paper, which the patient then placed in his or her pocket.

The length of homeopathic treatments vary depending on the illness, or illnesses, being treated. Obviously the idea is that more minor ailments will respond to the treatment faster, whereas chronic diseases will take lengthier, regular treatments with gradual healing. Most homeopaths will tell you that it will take a month to treat an illness that has existed for a year - and so on.

This is why the intake interview is so important. This will take roughly one hour to complete, and your homeopath will ask you about your medical history, as well as any existing physical or emotional pains. Your practitioner will use this information to create a program to restore your "whole person."

Today homeopathy has a rather large following. Half a billion people worldwide may have had homeopathic treatments for various medical and emotional conditions - including acne, stress and anxiety, constipation, digestion, rashes, digestive issues, depression, allergy, urinary tract infections, panic attacks, PMS, menopausal symptoms and many more. The medical insurance programs of a number of countries have, at one time or another, paid for homeopathic treatments.

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