What is Homeopathy? There are  Five Main Principles of Homeopathy

Homeopathy and its principles are often hard to describe and in essence can be very complex!  For me, I am more concerned about the fact that Homeopathy just works, but this is not always a reasonable explanation!

The following are the five main principles of Homeopathy in a clear and concise explanation.

1-The Law of Similars:

The meaning of the Law of Similars is that a disease can be cured by the substance that causes the same or similar symptoms in a healthy person.

This principle is essential for correctly treating a patient Homeopathically, as the medicines are administered according to this rule.

I sometimes use the remedy made from the onion (Allium Cepa) to reinforce this idea…Think about your symptoms when you cut an onion i.e. red, burning eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, watery nose etc.  These are all symptoms of the onion in a healthy person.  Therefore, if you were suffering from these symptoms during a period of ill health, Allium Cepa could be considered as the remedy you require.


2-Totality of Symptoms:

The totality of symptoms means that a Homeopath must accurately compile symptoms relevant to the individual case, in order to prescribe a remedy.

The Homeopath must look for things such as the location of the complaint, the sensations involved, times where the condition is better or worse, the patients energy levels and other symptoms in the body that are present with the main complaint.

The more of these symptoms the Homeopath can combine, the better the outcome for finding the best remedy.



To me, this is the most important principle of all.

Individualisation means that Homeopaths do not prescribe for the disease, but rather for the person with the disease; therefore Homeopathy treats the individual case, not the clinical disease.

Each patient will be experiencing different symptoms, have different causes of disease, have different lifestyles, mental and emotional factors, different pathology and different energy levels, so case taking must be done on an individual basis also.

Your prescribed remedy will be just as individualised as you are.


4-The Minimum Dose:

The minimum dose means that the suitability of a remedy not only depends on the remedy itself, but also the dose in which it is given.

Homeopaths prescribe a remedy in the smallest dose necessary to effect a change in the patients’ symptoms.  Why give more medication than is needed, if the smallest amount will make a change and effectively cure the patient?


5-The Single Remedy:

The single remedy principle means that only one remedy should be prescribed at a time.

Only one remedy can be the most similar to the condition, and if multiple remedies are given, the Homeopath can not affectively determine which remedy has provided which result.

All Homeopathic remedies have been proven individually and therefore should be used in the same manner.

Homeopath, Sophie Robbers – Thats Better Ltd

Contact 04 237 4747 or Sophie Robbers sophierobbers@gmail.com