The fundamental law of homeopathy is that the most successful remedy for any given disease state will be the remedy which, when given to a healthy person, produces the clearest and closest resemblance to the signs and symptoms of the sick person in question. (Australian College of Natural Medicine) Australia has a long history of homeopathic medicine practice and was probably introduced to Victoria in 1850.
The Melbourne Homeopathic Hospital was established in 1864 and survived until 1936 when it underwent some changes and eventually became the Prince Henry Hospital. There have been numerous homeopathic hospitals in Australia throughout our history.
The Australian Institute of Homeopathy was formed in 1946 with membership open to qualified homeopaths and opened the first course in Homeopathy. Various homeopathic organisations have lobbied health departments to provide hospital facilities to satisfy growing demand for homeopathic treatment. In 1990 a homeopathic outpatient clinic was opened at Balmain Hospital in Sydney, which still operates today.
By early 1998 there were 5 homeopathic associations that have developed a National Competency Standard. Medical doctors may practice homeopathy and there is a homeopathic society for MDs.
In Australia today there are approx 400-500 professional homeopaths with another approx 150 doctors who use homeopathic remedies. There are about 10 recognised specialist schools and several naturopathic colleges teaching homeopathy to a professional standard. (Australian Homoeopathic Association)
What it's Good For
Homeopathy is a great treatment for the following conditions:
- Breast Cancer
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Colorectal Cancer
- Fear of Public Speaking
- Iron Deficiency
- Polycistic Ovary Syndrome
Complementary Healthcare Council
For more information, take a look through "Help Yourself: an A-Z of natural cures for common complaints" by Mim Beim and Jan Castorina. It's published by Doubleday and is available through all good bookstores.