The Homeopathic Clinic, Claremont, Cape Town

How does Homeopathy differ from Conventional / Allopathic medicine?

The term 'allopathic' refers to the conventional medical practice of medicine. Allopathic medicine uses active chemically isolated substances, aimed at either suppressing specific biochemical functions in the body or killing specifically targeted organisms, such as bacteria, viruses or other pathogens. Grave side-effects are often caused by this approach because such substances affect more than just the biochemical process, organisms or pathogens targeted, leading to possible destruction of biochemical processes, important defence mechanisms and organisms.

Homeopathic treatment stimulates specific defence and repair mechanisms of the body needed to ward-off and heal the condition under treatment. In this case, the medicine does not fight the disease, but the body itself is stimulated to combat the condition. Homeopathy, being a holistic medicine, takes into account every aspect of the patient's life, diet, nutrition, causative factors, environment and being, thereby contributing to better success and health maintenance by supporting the action of the medicine. Unlike allopathic medicine, Homeopathic Medicine individualises every prescription to the needs of each patient and does not just give a 'blanket medicine' for a diagnosis. This makes it a powerful therapeutic system that employs the body's own healing potential to the benefit of the patient's over-all health and ability to maintain good health.

Homeopathy as a form of alternative medicine is able to be effectively used completely on its own, or in conjunction with Conventional Medical treatment without concern for drug interactions if prescribed by a qualified Homeopath.