Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that is holistic, scientifically based, safe to use, inexpensive and curative of chronic disease. It was founded by Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago, although the principles on which it is based have been utilized in healing for 1OOO's of years. Homeopathic remedies work through activating the body's own powers of self regulation and self-healing. Since its inception, homeopathy has benefitted people from all walks of life and of any age, in countries all over the world. The word homeopathy comes from the Greek "homios" (meaning similar) and "pathos" (meaning suffering). One of the basic principles is the "Law of Similars" which states that substances which can cause certain symptoms in healthy people can cure those same symptoms when they occur in an ill person. This is already known in conventional medicine through treatments such as allergy desensitization shots and vaccinations. Hahnemann rediscovered this ancient principle when he took quinine (a substance noted to treat malaria) and began to develop all the symptoms of malaria. Over time, he began to do 'provings' in which he would give homeopathic substances to healthy people and carefully record the symptoms of the remedy. Another important principle in homeopathy is that each of us is unique. The same diet, the same advice and the same homeopathic remedy will not necessarily help everyone with the same disease. Homeopathy treats the individual and not the disease. Through striving to find the unique remedy that fits the individual, the door is unlocked to their own self healing. Classical homeopathic treatment only uses one remedy at a time to treat and cure chronic disease. A homeopathic evaluation generally takes several hours and focuses on deeply understanding an individual on all levels of his/her being (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual). The homeopath is also concerned with symptoms that are idiosyncratic of the person or uniquely define who they are. Examples include sleep position, food cravings, favorite hobbies, dreams, fears and many others. Based on the symptoms that are elicited when the case is taken, a single remedy is then chosen which most closely matches those symptoms. Homeopathy is not only effective in treating chronic disease, but also highly effective in treating acute disease and in first aid. There are over three thousand homeopathic remedies from which to choose. These consist of herbs, plants, minerals, metals and animal products which are prepared in such a way to bring out the healing power of the substance. They are quite safe, gentle and do not produce side effects. They are also quite inexpensive compared to the cost of standard medical treatment. Homeopathy brings the individual to a greater level of health and more resistance to disease. Health in homeopathy is defined as freedom-freedom to express oneself on all levels of being.