Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a holistic system of treatment that originated in the late eighteenth century. The name homeopathy is derived from two Greek words that mean "like disease." The system is based on the idea that substances that produce symptoms of sickness in healthy people will have a curative effect when given in very dilute quantities to sick people who exhibit those same symptoms. Homeo- pathic remedies stimulate the body's own healing processes. Homeopathic remedies are created by taking a toxic symptom-producing substance (of plant, animal or mineral origin) and diluting it (most often in water or alcohol), and diluting the dilution over and over again. Ironically, instead of decreasing the curative properties of the original dilution, repeated dilutions are found to be more powerful. Today homeopathic remedies are used worldwide. They are natural, non- habit forming, have no side effects or contraindications, and combine safely with other medications.
Remedies can be taken over long periods of time and also to alleviate acute symptoms either one at a time or in combination. Homeopathic medicines need to be handled with care as they can become spoiled or contaminated. Their delicate balance requires storage away from electro- magnetic objects such as televisions or computers and protection from strong odors or aromas.
At OWC we believe that illness is specific to an individual. We seek to cure our patients on the physical, mental and emotional levels, and each treatment is tailored to a patients individual needs. Homeopathy is a safe treatment, as it uses medicines in extremely diluted quantities, and there are usually minimal side effects. Its non-toxicity makes it a good choice for the treatment of children.