Homeopathy and HIV

Homeopathy involves specially prepared remedies to treat the whole person rather than a diagnosed condition. Homeopathic remedies are chosen by matching the remedy to the unique physical, emotional and mental characteristics of the individual being treated. About 2,500 individual homeopathic remedies are available, and all are prepared from diluted extracts of animal, plant and mineral substances.

Homeopathy literally means "like illness," referring to one of the most important principles of homeopathy, which is "like cures like." Homeopathy involves treating people with tiny doses of natural substances that in larger quantities would cause symptoms similar to those the person has. This principle is called the Law of Similars.

The second major principle of homeopathy is called the Law of Infinitesimals, which states that the more diluted a homeopathic remedy, the stronger it is. Homeopathic remedies are systematically diluted to tiny doses. After each dilution, the remedy is succussed (shaken vigorously).

Some drug and health food stores carry homeopathic remedies for common illnesses. These over-the-counter remedies are not carefully matched to specific, individual symptoms. Instead, they contain combinations of remedies that are most commonly prescribed for particular illnesses. Despite this broad-spectrum approach, these remedies carry little risk of side effects because they are so diluted. For treatments specifically targeted to your symptoms, visit a qualified homeopath.

Regulation and education of homeopaths in Canada

Homeopathic practitioners are regulated in Ontario but not in any other province or territory in Canada.

Several Canadian colleges offer three-year training courses in homeopathy. Some other types of practitioners, such as naturopaths, are also trained in homeopathy.