A medical approach that uses very small amounts of a natural substance to stimulate the body to heal itself.

Other Names:


Biological, Supplementation

Helpful for:

Lyme Disease, Brain, Emotional (Anxiety and Depression), Infectious Diseases, Energy Imbalances, Fatigue, Sleep

Created by:

Samuel Hahnemann

Introduction to Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a natural medical science that is both gentle and effective. This unique therapeutic system takes on a holistic approach as it aims to treat the whole individual. Disorders, diseases, and illnesses are expressed through a variety of symptoms that may be emotional, mental, and/or physical in nature. These symptoms are seen as an attempt for the body to restore balance and health.

The system was created by German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s, and is based on the law of “Similia Similibus Curentur” (let likes be cured by likes). This guiding philosophy behind homeopathy is based on the Law Of Similars that states by matching the symptoms that are caused in healthy people by a certain substance, that same substance has the best chance of producing a curing response with diseased individuals that express those same symptoms.

Conventional medicine is quite powerful and certainly has its place on the medical spectrum. However, suppressive pharmaceutical drugs tend to treat only the symptoms of a disease without addressing the root causes. For instance, antibiotics, while very effective in many cases, have been overused with the sacrifice of damaging an individual’s auto-immune system. In other words, if a patient is dependent on pharmaceutical drug therapies to find relief, this instead may make them more vulnerable to disease than a healthy individual’s own defense mechanisms would typically fight off.

A more natural approach, like homeopathy, is a holistic restoration process that combines spiritual and physical states of the body. Homeopathic remedies are prepared from natural substances to precise standards and work by stimulating the body’s own healing ability. They are extremely safe due to their small doses, totally natural, and extremely effective when taken correctly.

Homeopathy is very popular in Europe, especially France, England, Scotland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and Greece. Approximately 40% of French people use homeopathic medicine, and in Switzerland, homeopathic medicines are strongly supported by the government. In 2011, the Swiss government reported that homeopathic treatment is effective and inexpensive and that it should be compensated by Switzerland’s national health insurance program.

Benefits of Homeopathy

Clinical experience has shown that homeopathy may be used for a number of conditions and issues and that the benefits include:

  • Instead of using strong and powerful doses of medicinal agents that have a broad-spectrum effect on a wide variety of people with a similar disease, homeopaths use extremely small doses of medicinal substances that are highly individualized to a person’s physical and psychological syndrome of disease, not simply an assumed localized pathology
  • Does not interfere with other medications
  • Aims to optimize the body and fight all manifestations of the disease
  • Improves the level of health by stimulating the self-regulatory mechanism
  • Covers a wide range of dysfunctions
  • Helps to eliminate all traces of the disease and cures it of the core
  • Treats the person instead of the disease
  • A holistic treatment, addressing the body, mind, and spirit

How Homeopathy Works

Very simply, homeopathy attempts to stimulate the body to recover itself. To get a better understanding of exactly how homeopathy works, we have to take into consideration some standard holistic principles.

First, we must accept that all symptoms, no matter how uncomfortable they are, represent the body’s attempt to restore itself to health. Instead of looking upon the symptoms as something wrong which must be set right, we see them as signs of the way the body as a whole is attempting to heal itself. Instead of trying to stop the superficial problem with suppressants, as conventional medicine does, a homeopath will give a remedy that will cause the problem in a healthy person, and thus stimulate the ill body to restore itself.

Second, we must see every case and symptom as that unique individual’s case or symptom. Our bodies are so different, and we each experience health problems in our own distinctive way. Yet conventional medicine acts as if all similar problems are alike, and offers a series of suppressive drugs or protocols for healing that only focuses on the symptoms at hand and not the cause. Homeopathy looks for a substance or remedy that will heal that individual person.

It’s interesting because homeopathy is, by conventional standards, kind of weird, but by the understanding of quantum mechanics it becomes based on hard science.”

Dr. Bruce Lipton

Finally, we need to view homeopathy from more than a chemical sense. Proponents of homeopathy state that the dilution of a plant extract or chemical to a certain point, such as homeopathic remedies are diluted, leaves the extract or chemical untraceable and therefore useless. But this is not the way to view homeopathy, as it is the process of dilution and the information contained in the dilution that makes homeopathy work.

Although validation and the effectiveness can be linked to hundreds of years ago when Dr. Samuel Hanhemann conducted experiments and research of his own on the efficacy of homeopathic remedies, more contemporary research is arising that proves the validation of homeopathy and its usefulness in modern medicine.

Homeopathic medicines are manufactured by repeatedly diluting and succussing a preparation of the original substance, mainly plants, and minerals, in water and alcohol. Validation of the potency of homeopathics and the dilution process can now be witnessed through the research of Shui Yin Lo, a former visiting associate professor in the chemistry department at California Institute of Technology. Lo made a discovery that water when combined with a substance and vigorously shaken, begins to cluster. These clusters grow bigger and stronger as dilution and shaking (succussion) continues. The clusters start to assume a form that mimics the structure of the original substance itself, so even though the chemical can no longer be detected in a chemical sense, its “image” and information is there, taken on by the water molecules. This discovery validates the “potentized” theory behind homeopathics and its efficacy.

In addition, the preservation of specific information within water has been scientifically researched. Water molecules themselves serve as information carriers due to their special geometric composition and the resulting combination of patterns that often takes on a spiral form that binds around ions, enzymes, and other active electromagnetic substances. The existence of “water geometry” as well as water’s stability, even after it has been converted into steam, was proven in both the University of Pennsylvania and Berkeley University studies. These scientific findings give a proper explanation of the vast health benefits of homeopathy.

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Behind the Science

Science & Safety

Research by Dr. Jacques Benveniste empirically observed that highly diluted biological agents (i.e. in the absence of any physical molecules) triggered relevant biological systems. In his paper published in Nature, he reported that white blood cells called basophils, which aid in the regulation of the body’s response to allergens, can be activated to produce an immune response by solutions of antibodies that have been diluted so far that they contain none of these original molecules at all. Additionally, the paper noted, “Water could act as a ‘template’ for the [antibody] molecule, for example by an infinite hydrogen-bonded network, or electric and magnetic fields.” Newsweek picked up on the paper with an article entitled “Homeopathy finds scientific support“.

An explanation of how ‘ultramolecular’ dilutions work is that water is capable of storing information relating to substances with which it has previously been in contact. Recent research on hydrogen bonds in water provides some support for this ‘memory’ theory. The Swiss chemist, Louis Rey, found that the structure of hydrogen bonds in homeopathic dilutions of salt solutions is very different from that in pure water. He reached the conclusion that the phenomenon results from the vigorous shaking of solutions that takes place during homeopathic ‘succussion’. Moreover, using the laboratory technique called spectroscopy, other researchers have found that different homeopathic medicines and different dilutions of the same medicine can be distinguished from each other, even though all should contain nothing but water.

No harmful effects have been observed in the use of homeopathy in thousands of cases spanning hundreds of years. Today, the World Health Organization recognizes homeopathy as “the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world.” Homeopathic medicines are highly diluted and given in such small doses that they don’t cause any side effects.

Two professors of chemistry measured the amount of heat emanating from plain double-distilled water and compared that with double-distilled water in which a substance was placed. Both the control water and the treated water underwent consecutive dilution between one to thirty times, with vigorous shaking in-between each dilution, which represents the common pharmacological method in which homeopathic medicines are made. The researchers conducted over 500 experiments, approximately half of which were made with double-distilled water that was mixed with a specific acid and base substance and half were in the control group of only double-distilled water. The researchers found that 92% of the test solutions with the added acid or base substance had higher than expected heat emanating from them (sodium chloride was one of the salt substances and a type of vinegar was one of the acid substances tested).

In one study, Dr. David Taylor Reilly and his colleagues compared the effects of a homeopathic hay-fever remedy with a placebo. In this double-blind controlled study, Dr. Reilly found that those who received the homeopathic remedy had six times fewer symptoms and were able to cut their use of antihistamines in half.

Jennifer Jacobs, M.D., led a study that was conducted in Nicaragua and included eighty-one children with acute diarrhea. All the children received standard anti dehydration treatment for diarrhea, consisting of water containing salt and sugar. In addition, half the children received homeopathic treatment and half received a placebo. The study confirmed homeopathy’s effectiveness: the recovery time for children receiving homeopathic treatment was 20% faster than those receiving the placebo, reducing the bout of diarrhea by one day. These results are heartening because diarrhea is the leading cause of death in developing countries such as Nicaragua.


Where does Homeopathy fall on the medical spectrum?

Homeopathy falls under the ‘Biological Medicine’ section of the medical spectrum.

Alternative Medicine

Also known as holistic medicine, it is the study and application of nature, botany, energy, and technology to bring the body back to balance and address the root causes of disease without detrimental side effects, toxins and chemicals, or a lifetime of intervention.

Biological Medicine

Also known as European Biological Medicine, this modality, popular in Germany and Switzerland, applies numerous therapies that aim to restore the body’s regulatory and self-healing capacity by promoting proper regeneration on a cellular and organ level.

Conventional Medicine

Conventional medicine is the most recognized and practiced section of the medical spectrum that includes pharmacological drugs, surgical procedures, lab testing, and more in an attempt to reduce symptoms and manage disease. 

Conventional Therapies

The Innovative Medicine approach considers all conventional options and appropriately prescribes or refers patients to specialists in which this approach would be most suited.

Emotional Therapies

Mental health and the study of mind-body medicine is an integral part of the medical spectrum that can often go overlooked and unaddressed.

Psycho-Emotional Intervention

The study of psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) has shown how our thoughts and psychological state impact our biochemistry and can lead to disease. Any comprehensive treatment plan must address psychological stress to be successful.

Spiritual Practices & Therapies

We often confuse spiritual practices with religion, but the role of spirituality, consciousness, awareness, purpose, and information on a quantum level is incredibly important in healing.

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Receiving Homeopathic Treatments

We are pleased to offer homeopathic remedies and treatments at our clinic, the New York Center for Innovative Medicine (NYCIM). We have a large dispensary of high-quality homeopathic manufacturers from around the world. However, the use of this or any of our numerous therapeutic options is only performed on patients after an in-depth health evaluation. Our ultimate goal is the complete restoration of health in the most efficient and safe manner, and with so many therapeutic options, it is impossible to know if homeopathy is right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.

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Homeopathy is a natural medical science that is both gentle and effective. The system was created by German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700s, and is based on the law of “Similia Similibus Curentur” (let likes be cured by likes). This guiding philosophy behind homeopathy is based on the Law Of Similars that states by matching the symptoms that are caused in healthy people by a certain substance, that same substance has the best chance of producing a curing response with diseased individuals that express those same symptoms.

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