How Does Homoeopathy Work?

Samuel Hahnemann, founder of Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy (sometimes spelt "homeopathy") has been around for over 250 years and is used widely throughout the world. Its founder was Samuel Hahnemann, a respected German physician who discovered the principle of "like cures like", a fixed principle upon which homoeopathy is based.


The word "homoeopathy" comes from the Greek "similar suffering". The idea being that if a substance causes a particular set of symptoms when given to a healthy person, it will relieve those same symptoms when seen in a patient - this is also known as "the law of similars". An example of this is the remedy Coffea which is indicated in some cases of sleeplessness. In order to minimise side effects, Hahnemann experimented with high dilutions of the substances he used as many of them are toxic. He discovered that by succussing (agitating), powerful properties seemed to be imparted even when the dilution was so high that no particles of the original substance could be traced.



Cutting edge science may be presenting us with explanations of how homoeopathy works. For instance, it is thought by some that the process of dilution and succussion imparts an imprint in water. Nobel prize winner Professor Luc Montagnier's work on the memory of water may hold clues as to the processes involved, and more research into this phenomenon is ongoing.


Potentisation could be the release of information from physical matter onto water. This restructured water would then be the medicine. Lactose pills absorb the water containing information undetectable by chemical analysis but imparted to the living organism. For more on these theories, click here.


An Australian biophysicist has discovered that each homoeopathic remedy at each different potency has its own unique crystal structure when frozen. Source: Homeopathy: Good Science, Peter Adams.




"Homoeopathy is a highly developed health practice that uses a systematic approach to the totality of a person's health. Anyone seeking a fuller understanding of health and healing will find Homoeopathy extremely important and applicable." Gay Gaer Luce PhD (science writer - twice winner of the national science writer's award).