Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine which treats the person as a unique individual. A homeopath will not look at physical, emotional, mental or spiritual symptoms separately, but regard them as intimately connected, since all are aspects of the whole person. A human being is an integrated system maintained by an energy flow. Ill health stems from a blockage in this energy flow, which will affect all facets of a person.
The highest ideal of medicinal therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently and permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest and least harmful way, according to clearly, comprehensible principles. So it was that Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the founder of present day homeopathy, defined his goals for a ‘new’ system of medicine.
Samuel Hahnemann, founder of Homeopathy
It was Samuel Hahnemann though, a well respected physician, scholar and teacher, born in Saxony, Germany, who developed Homeopathy into an applicable system of medicine. Having withstood the test of 200 years of practice, there now are homeopathic hospitals, clinics and homeopathic medical schools in many countries all over the world.
“The physician’s highest calling, his only calling, is to make sick people healthy – to heal, as it is termed” – Samuel Hahnemann.
He started to experiment with other drugs. He found that every drug produces on the healthy body, a similar condition which it cures in the sick.
Like Cures Like
After 15 years of observation and experiment, Hahnemann confirmed the law that “likes be cured by likes” or in Latin “similia similibus curentur”. This was not a new discovery- the ancient Indian physicians knew of it and so did Hippocrates over 2000 years ago. Hippocrates realised that “through the like, disease is produced and through the application of the like, it is cured”. After a lifetimes work, Hahnemann was the first to firmly establish and develop it into a system of medicine.
The main principle of homeopathy, ‘Like cures Likes’, demands from the Homeopath to use a substance which helps to support, rather than suppress the symptoms of the organism.
Hahnemann coined the word “Homeopathy” which derives from two Greek words, Homoiou (like or similar), and pathos (suffering). This means “similar suffering” and neatly sums up the fundamental law underlying Homeopathy.
Homeopathic remedies are prepared by a method of serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) called ‘potentization’ whereby the energy latent in the medicine is liberated and increased. The process of dilution and succussion imprints the characteristic energy pattern, or blueprint, of the original substance into the remedy. There is abundant proof, over the last 200 years, that the remedies do work.
Only the most minute, even infinitesimal dose of a homeopathic substance is used. This ensures that there is no concern as to any toxic side effects from the remedies. Homeopathy is suitable for everybody – infants, the elderly, during pregnancy, as well as for pets and other animals.
Homeopathy is a Holistic Medicine
Another fundamental principle of homeopathy is that it treats the patient as a whole (it is a whole – istic medicine) and as an individual. Homeopaths do not treat physical, emotional, mental or even spiritual symptoms separately, but regard them as intimately connected, since all are aspects of the whole person.
The human being is an integrated system maintained by an energy flow. Disease is a form of disorder or blockage in this energy flow which affects all facets of the person. Homeopathic remedies work by gently stimulating this healing energy, thus enhancing the human organisms natural, inborn drive towards balance – to enable alleviation of disease symptoms.
Physical symptoms, personality, life history, inheritance, all can yield important information to the Homeopath in his attempt to select the appropriate remedy for the individual person.
Homeopathy Stimulates the Reactive Force
It is the body’s energy (vital force) which is influenced rather than its chemical balance, as in conventional medicine. Homeopathic remedies are non- habit forming and without the side effects of conventional medicine but nonetheless, they are clearly capable of stimulating the body’s reactive force powerfully and should be treated with respect.
It is basic to Homeopathy that when there is improvement the remedy should be stopped – if remedies are needlessly continued they can over stimulate and symptoms will sometimes reappear. Also in chronic complaints the symptom will sometimes need to get worse before it gets better (a healing crises) e.g. a person with a chronic sinus problem may experience profuse nasal discharge for a short time.
Homeopathy has a great deal to offer. With this approach to illness, a Homeopath can often help patients with diseases generally considered without cure by conventional medicine. It can be used in the treatment of long standing disease and also in recent problems, in children and adults.
The duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint. Homeopathy offers a method of maintaining health and preventing illness. It is a subtle but effective therapy that can correct small imbalances long before the appearance of the more serious symptoms of disease.
People who have had Homeopathic treatment generally find that their overall state of health and well-being has improved. Many people make statements such as- “I feel better in myself” and “I feel lighter”.