Lyn Craven Naturopath Bowen Therapist Herbalist Nutritionist Meditation Teacher Corporate Health Consultant

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What is Homoeopathy and how does it work?


Homeopathy was re-discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1790 however Hippocrates was the first to discover this healing modality. Hippocrates is known as “The Father of Medicine”.

Hahnemann observed that when the body presents with an array of symptoms and signs of illness it was the body’s attempt to heal itself and that a substance which was capable of producing similar symptom’s to the disease is then used to stimulate strengthening of the defense mechanism.

A symptom profile would need to be taken during a consult to ascertain the correct remedy to use. Often this remedy may only be used for a few days for positive results to occur, on other occasions the remedy would be changed with different symptoms present. Here is where the patient needs to share with the practitioner details of changes whilst taking the remedies. This approach is often referred to as classical homeopathy.

Homeopathy applies the Law of Similiars using medicinal substances in a weak or infinitesimal dose.

“Like cures like” – is often quoted when referring to homeopathy.

Example’s are:

If you sting yourself on a nettle bush, you take a nettle leaf, squeeze the sap from it and promptly put it onto the area that is stinging. It will resolve the stinging.

If a person took the remedy Ipecac in large does they would vomit immediately, however when taken in very small dose it works fantastic for nausea and vomiting.

A feverish person is given quinine – from the bark of Cinchona tree to resolve malarial fever. If this remedy was given in homeopathic form to a person with no fever it may bring on a feverish state – but give it to one suffering fever and it resolves it. Like cures like

This principle was known to our most famous ancient physicians Hippocrates who lived in 400BC and Paracelsus  born in 1493 and died in 1541, but it wasn’t until Hahnemann began investigating this method of healing that it gained popularity.

When treating a person with homeopathy you treat the person not the disease here lies the difference from conventional medicine.

Homeopathy is safe when used in trained hands and can be given to everyone, including children, elderly and animals. It is an excellent remedy to give when someone is unable to take herbal medicine or presently on one or more pharmaceutical drugs. Likewise with animals since they often reject the smell and taste of herbs.

Classical homoeopathy tends to focus on using single remedies, whereas I often administer complex’s which are already formulated with 5 or more remedies. These could be derived from plant, mineral or viral/bacterial sources. There is less chance of a “proving” occurring with a complex as there is with one single remedy. This can occur if the person took the single remedy for too long without monitoring by a practitioner – it could in fact create temporary acute symptoms that you are aiming to alleviate. This is quickly resolved by drinking strong coffee or peppermint tea since these potent flavours would negate the action of the remedy.

Homoepathic remedies do not like being taken close to food and flavoured drinks. Water being the exception here. It is best you take them at least a minimum of 20-30 minutes prior to eating and an hour after food.

Practitioner dispensing labs are available for practitioners to obtain unique formulas such as when a person may be suffering from toxoplasmosis which is an infection from parasites often caught by handling cats and their litter. Specific remedies can also be obtained for various addictions and other infestations, but all these are only available to qualified practitioners.

Homeopathy has been successfully used now for over 150 years, however as mentioned it was discovered 2000 years ago! So you can rest assured they have stood the test of time!

I work with complex remedies (formulas comprised of several homoeopathic remedies) and Simples - (these are single remedies i.e. Arnica or perhaps Sepia).

Each case is assessed individually to ascertain which type of remedy is appropriate for your needs.  Often homoeopathy is combined with herbal medicine.

To arrange an appointment for consultation please email Lyn on or call 0403 231 804