Philosophy of "Like cures Like":
Homeopathy was founded more than 200 years ago by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, who was looking for cures for diseases without the damaging side effects of medical treatment. He began to experiment on himself and other healthy volunteers to study the effects of natural substances taken in minimal doses. What he found was that each substance taken by a healthy person produced specific physical and mental symptoms. When this list of symptoms was matched with the diseased state of a suffering patient with the same symptoms, the illness was alleviated. Basically, whatever produces certain symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in a sick person.
Hahnemann tried this theory out specifically for the treatment of malaria. He took a dose of Cinchona bark (a quinine containing substance successfully used to treat malaria) while he was in a healthy state. He developed symptoms of malaria. He then administered this substance to malaria patients, which cured them of the disease by stimulating the body's innate ability to heal. The theory is akin to the modern practice of giving certain pollens to people suffering from pollen allergies, or Ritalin for ADHD. Except homeopathic remedies are minute and non-toxic.
Dr. Hahnemann also found that the more he diluted and sucussed (shook) the substances, the faster the patients got well, and the fewer complications they suffered. He called this process of dilution "potentization," which creates an expression of the vibrational pattern of the substance, thereby creating the action of homeopathic remedies on an electromagnetic level. Our vital force also operates on an electromagnetic level, with an innate desire for health and balance; it is continuously renewing, replenishing, and healing from within.
When a person is in an imbalanced or diseased state, we see a vibrational pattern that reflects that as symptoms. With the carefully chosen homeopathic remedy that has a vibrational pattern (or symptom picture) exactly matching the person’s vibrational pattern, the vital force responds to the remedy, overcomes the disease and re-establishes balance, leading to overall health.