How Homeopathy works
Hippocrates "the father of medicine" in the 5th century BC said that there are two ways to cure disease - by contraries, or similars. Conventional medicine is the way of contraries, or opposites, which works on the principle that if the body produces a symptom then the standard course of treatment should be to suppress or antidote that symptom; such as providing a laxative for constipation. Whereas homeopathy is the way of similars: it works on the principle of treating "like with like" or plainly speaking, that any substance which is capable of causing symptoms in a healthy person can, in the form of a homeopathic remedy, cure similar symptoms in a sick person.
Homeopathy is a system created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, he believed the underlying causes of disease were phenomena that he termed miasms. We are born into one of 5 miasms and show tendencies towards particular health traits from these. Remedies often address these as they are the foundation to our being. Remedies are prepared using a process of homeopathic dilution, which involves repeatedly diluting a chosen substance in alcohol or distilled water, followed by forceful striking on an elastic body. Dilution typically continues well past the point where no molecules of the original substance can be detected by scientific measures. It is at this point that the remedies really have an amazing healing effect on someone's emotional health.
Hahnemann conceived of homeopathy while translating a medical treatise by the Scottish physician and chemist William Cullen into German. Being skeptical of Cullen's theory concerning cinchona's use for curing malaria, Hahnemann ingested some bark specifically to investigate what would happen. He experienced fever, shivering and joint pain: symptoms similar to those of malaria itself. From this, Hahnemann came to believe that all effective drugs produce symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the diseases that they treat, in accord with the "law of similars" that had been proposed by ancient physicians.
Remedies can be made from almost anything but most common are plants, minerals and other substances. The remedies come in the form of tasteless pills that dissolve gradually under the tongue, or for children and babies I use soft pillules which dissolve instantly when popped into the mouth.
The remedy I choose will be based on matching your symptoms with the remedy most similar to those symptoms. The remedies all have traits which can be matched within a personality or illness. For example, I would consider prescribing Coffea (from the coffee bean) if you presented with symptoms of insomnia, an over-active mind, restlessness or hyperactivity. In homeopathy we give a little bit back of the remedy that we see in the symptoms in order to 'plug' the deficit that your vital force requires. The healing occurs when your vital force is plugged it reacts by stopping the symptoms and you feel a whole lot better!