Homeopathic remedies are made according to set historical and fundamental principles as well as standards and guidelines to meet requirements set out by the Ministry of Health.
Homeopathic remedies can be made from a great number of i.e. plant, animal or mineral substances.
These substances undergo a process of dilution and succussion (or vigorious shaking) to reach a desired potency (or strength). As a result of this process the physical body of the substance is reduced yet the energy of that substance will be retained and it is this that effects a persons healing response resulting from taking the remedy.
This potentized dilution is then applied to a carrier substance like sucrose or lactose pilules or liquid (generally water with a little alcohol as a preservative) to form the dose one takes.
It is due to the fact that homeopathic remedies are very dilute that homeopathic treatment is generally known to be a safe and gentle approach to health, that has no lasting side effects.
In homeopathy the higher the dilution, the higher the potency and the deeper the action of the remedy is thought to be.
There are thousands of remedies known in many different potencies and newer remedies are continuously developed to keep up with our ever changing environment. A ‘picture’ of each remedy is carefully documented and described in encyclopedia called “Materia Medica”. A homeopath will match the ‘picture’ of your condition to the picture of a remedy by way of using a detailed list of symptoms called a “Repertory’”.
Remedies are available in pilule, tablet or liquid form. Availability, personal preference of the client or homeopath will decide the choice, in essence they generally work the same way.