Homeopathy is a gentle, safe and effective form of treatment for many conditions, illnesses, and diseases. It is holistic by nature, meaning that in determining treatment the whole person is considered, as well as the specific problem or illness. The remedies used in homeopathy are minute doses of naturally occurring substances. The remedies encourage the body to heal itself without any harmful effects. Long term health benefits can also be gained by raising your level of health generally, making you less susceptible to diseases in the future. The practice of present day homeopathy is based on work by Dr Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. However, the natural principles of homeopathy were identified as far back as Hippocrates, in 5th century B.C. and were used by ancient Egyptians.