What is a homeopathic remedy?

Homeopathic remedies are based on a holistic approach to health that addresses illness by stimulating the body’s own healing powers. Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like treats like” or the “Law of Similars”, which states that if an herb or some other natural substance is consumed in a large quantity and a specific set of symptoms occur, then that same ingredient in small amounts will stimulate the body to fight against those same symptoms.

The idea behind homeopathic medicine is similar to that of getting a vaccination; however, while vaccinations are used to prevent illness in people, homeopathic remedies are used to treat illnesses and address symptoms, whether these are physical or emotional.

A common and basic example of homeopathy is the red onion. Many people experience symptoms like watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and even an itchy throat after dicing red onions. Therefore, red onion is often used as a homeopathic medicine in homeopathic potency to combat these same symptoms stemming from mild allergies or the common cold.

Using red onion in its raw form would aggravate these symptoms; instead it is prepared homeopathically so that the final remedy has no molecular traces of the original raw ingredient. The homeopathic preparation will stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to overcome the symptoms naturally and without chemical drugs, thereby addressing the symptoms and strengthening the body’s defenses.

Homeopathy is a gentle yet effective system of healing, and the remedies are suitable for use in all ages, including during pregnancy. In addition, homeopathic medicines may be safely combined with prescription medication in most cases.

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