The Theory behind Homeopathy
An example of the theory is that arsenic in a toxic dose can produce the symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness. It can also make one feel anxious and breathless and therefore it is used in a homeopathic medicine to treat food poisoning and also anxiety.
Homeopathic medications, or remedies, are made by diluting a wide range of substances and then shaking, or succussing, them. This is done repeatedly until the remedy reaches the desired strength, or potency, which is already known by experience. At this point, the toxic nature of the original substance is completely removed but the activity of the homeopathic medication remains.
The precise mechanism behind the effectiveness of homeopathy is at present unclear but on-going research indicates a possible reaction between the molecules of the diluting substance and the homeopathic compound.
Homeopathic remedies are predominantly plant based but may also be made from minerals, animal products and occasionally substances such as sea water.