Homoeopathy is simply the medical practice of treating like with like. It is based on the principle that we have the capacity to heal ourselves, and that disease reflects the individual’s struggle to overcome forces antagonistic to life. Hahnemann, an 18th Century doctor, discovered that patients suffering from symptoms similar to those induced by various poisons, could be successfully treated by giving minute dilutions of these substances. The homoeopath therefore builds up a picture of his patient that matches the effects of one substance. Infinitessimal doses of that remedy will then help the patient to heal himself. Sometimes Bach Flower Remedies – dilutions of plat essences – are also used to promote mental and emotional health.