Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy, a therapeutic system of medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann nearly 200 years ago in Germany. It is a very sophisticated method of health care, requiring an enormous amount of knowledge, professional training, and experience. Hahnemann believed that in order to cure disease, the cause must be removed. The "quick fix" approach of simply using a powerful drug to rid oneself of the symptoms was considered to be a "suppression of disease" which, over time, would lead to a worsening of a person's health.

The word "homeopathy" comes from the Greek words "homeo" (meaning "similar") and "pathy" (meaning "suffering" or "disease"), and it is used to describe the "law of similars", which means, "let likes be cured by likes". Hahnemann discovered that a substance administered in large crude dosages to a healthy individual will produce specific symptoms, but when this same material has been reduced in size and administered in minute doses, it will stimulate the body's reactive process to relieve these same symptoms.

It is important to understand that homeopathic medicines do not treat symptoms or conditions, but the whole person. Another important principle of homeopathic medicine is individuality. Two people suffering from asthma, for example, will not receive the same remedy. Each person's unique experience of disease is the key to his or her health; this gives a homeopathic physician insight into their unique method of self-defence. The homeopathic physician's goal is to stimulate a person's defence mechanism, which is as unique as one's personality, and to develop resistance to their predispositions.

The homeopathic prescription is based on information gained about a person in a very detailed case interview. Homeopathic remedies may also be used in acute illnesses and are safe and effective in promoting a quick return to a healthy state.

Anna Bunda N.D. completed a three-year postgraduate program in advanced homeopathic prescribing for health professionals, which is where the designation F.C.A.H. (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy) is derived.