What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world today, as recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is a system of holistic medicine that works with the body to gently re-tune or stimulate its 'life force' and natural methods of healing. It's been around for more than two centuries and is based on the fundamental principle of ‘Like Cures Like’. 


What does 'Like Cures Like' mean?

A substance which causes symptoms in large amounts in a 'healthy' person can be used homeopathically in highly diluted small amounts to treat the same symptoms in a 'sick' person. For example, when cutting an onion, we can sometimes experience stinging watery eyes and nose. If a patient was experiencing these symptoms in hay fever for example, then we might consider Allium Cepa, a remedy made from a red onion. Or if a patient was suffering from restlessness, insomnia and a racing mind, a homeopathic prescription of Coffea (a remedy made from coffee) may help to relieve their symptoms.

Is homeopathy safe?

Homeopathy is very safe because homeopathic medicines use highly diluted substances and works with the body to stimulate its own ability to heal. It's non-addictive and can be safely used alongside conventional medicine. Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, babies and children can all safely use homeopathy.

For more information on homeopathy visit the British Homeopathic Association www.britishhomeopathic.org

Homeopathy use around the world...


  • Over 200 million people use homeopathy on a regular basis

  • Oscillococcinum, a homeopathic medicine for ‘flu, is one of the best selling over-the-counter medicines in France

  • 100 million EU citizens, some 29% of the EU’s population, use homeopathic medicines in their day-to-day healthcare

  • In Britain, the market for homeopathy is growing at around 20% per year.  In 2007, it was estimated to be worth £38m, and is projected to reach £46m in 2012

  • 10% of people in the UK use homeopathy – an estimated 6 million people

  • India leads in terms of number of people using homeopathy, with 100 million people depending solely on homeopathy for their medical care