What is Homeopathy?


Homeopathy is a popular system of natural medicine that has been used for over 200 years. It was developed by a German medical doctor and chemist named Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s. While Hahnemann was working on a project he became intrigued with a South American tree bark that was being successfully used to treat malarial fevers. Hahnemann ingested the bark himself and found that it produced symptoms similar to those that malaria produces. The idea of “similar suffering” was born and he began compiling his findings and expanding his research which eventually created the foundation of homeopathy.

Homeopathy is founded on two main principles, the first being “similar suffering”, also referred to as “like cures like”, which means that if a substance is capable of producing a set of symptoms in a healthy individual, it can be used to treat those same symptoms in a person that is ill and experiencing those symptoms.

For example, if you cut a red onion your eyes sting and water and your nose may run. Red onion in Homeopathic form is called Allium Cepa and one of its uses is to treat allergies that cause symptoms of running, stinging eyes and runny nose.

The second main principle is that only “the minimum dose” should ever be used in order to avoid side effects. This principle is based on the understanding that remedies stimulate your body to heal itself and that we only need to give just enough to produce a response. This ensures that treatment will be as gentle as it is effective.

Homeopathy takes the whole person into account when prescribing remedies. These carefully chosen remedies work by stimulating your body’s natural ability to heal itself. The remedies used are completely natural and are made from plants, animals, minerals, and metals.

Homeopathy is recognized by the World Health Organization as the second largest therapeutic system used in the world. It has been integrated into numerous national health systems in countries such as Germany, UK, India, Pakistan, Mexico and Sri Lanka. There are even hospitals in the UK dedicated to homeopathy.

How can homeopathy help you?

Homeopathy is a safe and effective therapeutic medical system that can be used in all stages of life and for a vast array of conditions. It can be used during pregnancy, for infants and children, for teens and adults, for the elderly and even for people with serious chronic diseases. Homeopathy works with your specific immune system to restore it back to balance.

The following is a list of some of the more common ailments that Homeopathy helps:

Male and Female Complaints:
Fertility, Pregnancy, Labour and Delivery, Menses, Fibroids, PMS, Menopause, Erectile Dysfunction, Enlarged Prostate, Lowered Libido, Endometriosis

Digestive Complaints:
IBS, Crohns, Colitis, Indigestion, GERD, Heartburn, Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating

Migraines and Headaches

Skin Disorders:
Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Cold Sores, Warts, Skin Tags

Sports Injuries:
Strains, Sprains, Bruises, Fractures

Stress, Anxiety and Depression, other Emotional Issues:
Grief, Fears, Trauma

Respiratory Illnesses

Chronic Bone and Joint Pain:
Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia

Infant and Childhood Illnesses:
Ear Infections, Pink Eye, HF&M, cradle cap, diaper rash

Allergies and Sinus Issues

Colds, Coughs, Sore Throats and Flus

Sleep Issues:
Insomnia, disturbed sleep, nightmares, temperature fluctuations


For more information and answers to many frequently asked questions, please visit www.barriehomeopathy.ca or Eryn at eryn@barriehomeopathy.ca or call 705-790-0132

Helping you Heal with Homeopathy!