Homœopathy is a holistic system of medicine; as a result homoeopaths do not treat physical, emotional and mental or even spiritual illnesses separately, but regard them as intimately connected, since all are aspects of the whole of the individuals suffering.
By prescribing a medicine which stimulates the individual’s natural healing ability into action using the smallest possible dose, this enables them to throw off the disease in its entirety rather than just the symptoms of disease.
Practiced worldwide for over 200 years, homoeopathy is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ which was scientifically developed by the brilliant physician and chemist Dr Samuel Hahnemann.
TREATING LIKE WITH LIKE, OR THE LAW OF SIMILARS
Hahnemann found that a substance producing the symptoms of ill health in a healthy person would cure similar symptoms in ill health. For example drinking too much coffee causes the symptom sleeplessness, the remedy coffea made from coffee will be one considered in cases of insomnia.
Hahnemann named this new system of medicine homoeopathy
(from the Greek words homœo = ’similar’ and pathos = ‘suffering’).
Another simple example of this principle can be seen with the common onion, we know that when cutting a strong onion we often experience an acrid runny nose, a particular soreness in the in throat and stinging, runny eyes; a homoeopath will prescribe Allium cepa (the homoeopathic remedy made from onion) for a person who has a cold or hay fever with these particular symptoms.
Also fundamental to Homoeopathy is the recognition that within each individual there lays an innate healing capacity or energy; it is this dynamic healing power that homoeopaths call the vital force (ch’i, Ki, prana). It is this vital force which produces symptoms on all levels in an effort to maintain the healthiest possible balance.
Homoeopathically symptoms are viewed as an outward reflection of an internal disharmony of our vital force, struggling to maintain us in a state of health and alerting us to the need to assist our body’s healing efforts. Symptoms can be expressed physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, and just as each individual produces different symptoms on these levels, so does each homoeopathic remedy.
Homoeopaths understand that symptoms of illness are evidence of the body’s natural and automatic efforts to heal itself and these clues are used to guide them when prescribing a homoeopathic remedy.
As a result, symptoms in homœopathy are valued as the language of an individual’s vital force, and the homœopath is guided to the most similar remedy for each individual by what the individual and their vital force is saying.
Homoeopathic remedies are made from minute quantities of natural substances from all kingdoms and prepared in a manner which releases their curative properties (energy) and remove any toxicity. This makes homoeopathy a valuable therapy for children, during pregnancy and when unable to use a medication because of incompatibility with existing medicines.
HOW ARE HOMŒOPATHIC REMEDIES MADE?
After initial preparation of the raw material the remedies are made by serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) in a solution of alcohol and water. This is done a few (three to four) times or up to many thousands of times. The diluted remedies are described as being ‘potentised’, in recognition of the dynamic healing power they can stimulate.
HOW DO HOMŒOPATHIC REMEDIES WORK?
Frequently the dilution is so great that no chemical trace of the original substance remains but, if no chemical trace remains, how do the remedies work? There is abundant proof that the remedies do work but homoeopaths and scientists have yet to discover exactly why they work.
A precise answer is likely to be found outside the chemist laboratory in be field of physics, especially electro-magnetism. The process of dilution and succussion apparently imprints the characteristic energy pattern or blueprint, of the original substance onto the water in which it is diluted. This may be likened to the transmission of television signals where the original scene is converted into an electro-magnetic energy pattern (a signal) which can then be broadcast to your receiver.
A homoeopathic remedy acts as a signal which energises or stimulates the body’s self-healing powers, mobilising the defence systems, working on the mental, emotional and physical aspects of the body.
THE PRINCIPLE OF THE MINIMUM DOSE
In classical homoeopathy, only one remedy (or signal) is used at a time. Just as a television reproduces only the programme to which it is tuned, so a sick person is very sensitive to, or tuned-in to, the correct remedy and only a minute stimulus from the right signal (or remedy) is required. This is the principle of the minimum dose. The idea is to cure with the minimum amount of medicine and the minimum of intervention.