Homeopathy as a healing method primarily works through the energetic body according to the principle of “equal cures equal”. Homeopathy assumes that a patient already has all the resources needed available to transform illness to health; all that is needed is the right stimulation of the inherent self-healing mechanism in each of us. The astonishing aspect of Homeopathy is in the extreme diluting of a small dose of the substance which would normally cause the very same illness symptoms. The particular substance to use is a choice following a decent anamnesis and diagnosis. The practitioner not only examines the visible symptoms, but also inquires on the process having led to the symptoms, including various aspects of your personal life that are usually ignored in diagnoses.
Preparing the active substance is a unique process in Homeopathy. The chosen substrate is diluted several times. At each thinning, the substance is vigilantly shaken. Each thinning increases the energetic potency of the substance. The thinning eventually results in no objectively measurable amount of molecules of the substance in question. However, the energetic potency of the fluid has dramatically increased. In the view of regular science, this is an anomaly. It has led to vicious scientific rejection of homeopathy. The official point of view is that the efficacy of homeopathy has never been proven to be stronger than that of the placebo effect. This stand originates from a research field which focuses on the observable physical body. When we examine the four-body model, it becomes clear that the effectiveness is on the energetic level, rather than on the physical level. As with placebo’s in the mental body, Homeopathy should therefore be considered a viable candidate as a healing method.
Homeopathic substances are constructed from concentrated extracts of mineral, vegetable, or animal origin. These are called core-tinctures. A small dose of such an extract is diluted in small steps. Each cycle strengthens the energic signature (or potency) of the substance. The resulting liquid (containing no observable molecules of the original substance any more), is stored in grains or tablets, which are then sold to the patients.
Pharmacies selling homeopathic products usually restrict themselves to “simple” substances, aimed at helping solve one particular symptom. In such a case, your personal history is of relatively lesser relevance. In case of a more serious illness, you would do well to consult a specialized practitioner. However, this profession is not an officially registered one in The Netherlands; everyone can start a Homeopathic practice. Although there is some form of accreditation (by the Federation of Education in Natural Medicine), a minimum quality level of Homeopathic practitioners is not guaranteed.