Homoeopathy is a well establish and effective system of medicine, with increasing demand both nationally and internationally. Homoeopaths in South Africa are trained within the context of the medical paradigm, and are considered primary health care practitioners. First line therapy with a safe and effective form of natural treatment, managed by a professional with the ability to refer to a specialist if required, should be the starting point for almost every medical complaint for every age group.


What is Homoeopathy?

Stemming from the Greek roots Homoios (meaning ‘like’) and Pathos (meaning ‘suffering’), homeopathy is a medical system that utilises the principle of ‘like cures like’. Essentially, this entails that any substance that would cause a set of symptoms in a healthy person, will be indicated in the treatment of a similar set of symptoms in a sick person [1].   Coupled with this, individuality and susceptibility are important considerations in the specific treatment by a homoeopath. The correct choice of homeopathic medicine is dependent on an in depth analysis of each individual patient. Therefore, when presented with 10 different insomniac patients, for example, a homeopath will very likely treat each patient with a different remedy, unique to the individual. This is an important consideration when deciding to self-treat with homeopathy and in seeking homeopathic advice from untrained and unregistered persons (and health shops), as individuality is central to the selection of effective treatment. It is also important to differentiate homeopathy from other modalities of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)