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About Homeopathy

What is Homeopathy?

 

Homeopathy is a gentle, effective and relatively very safe system of medicine which treats the whole person by stimulating our innate healing mechanisms to restore health. It is based on the principle of 'Like cures like' which means that a substance which is capable of producing certain symptoms in a healthy individual, (whether physical, emotional or mental), is also capable of curing a sick person who displays similar symptoms. Our body is one whole organism of various functions and sensations. Like Chinese medicine, homeopathy recognises that the body has a life energy flow (the Chinese call it ‘chi’ or ‘ki’) which, when we are healthy, keeps the operation of the whole organism in a harmonious balanced state. It is this life force which organises our bodies to fight infections and recover from illness. When we fall ill, we experience symptoms - e.g. fever, cough, anxiety, frustration, skin eruptions, discharges etc. In orthodox medicine, these symptoms leading to a medical diagnosis are regarded as the disease itself while in homeopathy symptoms are regarded as merely the expression of the disease - an internal disharmony, a disturbance of the life force. By using Homeopathic medicines, homeopaths aim not just to remove this disturbance but also to restore a healthy balance within the whole person, leading to a greater sense of wellbeing.

How different is it from orthodox medicine?

 

Orthodox medicine successfully treats 'parts' of the person using a drug which has the 'opposite' effect to the symptoms. For example 'anti-inflammatory' for inflammation, 'anti-psychotic' for psychosis, 'immunosuppressive' drugs for autoimmune diseases etc. Thus these drugs treat a part or a system by 'opposing' what is happening in this person. In ‘classical’ homeopathy a person is treated as a whole and a homeopath uses a 'similar' to treat the whole person by stimulating your own healing ability. The word ‘homeopathy’ comes from the Greek ‘homeo’ which means ‘similar to’ and the word ‘pathos’ which means ‘suffering’. In a case of an acute fever for example, a highly diluted homeopathic preparation of a substance which causes similar acute fever symptoms in a healthy person will be prescribed for the sick person to gently stimulate and assist the body’s response to fever. Fevers manifest differently in different people - e.g. one may have a fever with slow and gradual onset, with shivering and drowsiness, while another may have sudden outbreak of symptoms at about 3am every morning, waking up slightly delirious with a flushed red hot appearance but no thirst. So different homeopathic medicines may be prescribed even though people have the same orthodox medical diagnosis (such as influenza, as in the example above) because they are reacting subtly differently as unique individuals. These differences occur because we all react to disturbances to our health differently. There is the idea in classical homeopathy that, when healthy, our 'life force' is keeping all our parts in harmony, and a dynamic disturbance to this ‘life force' causes us to fall ill, and in the process, we begin to express symptoms, be it mental, emotional and physical, as our individual path to self-healing. It is thought that what homeopathy treats is this 'life force' and it is our strengthened life energy which then stimulates our own inner healing mechanisms to complete the path towards health.

Can homeopathy treat chronic illness?

 

Dr Hahnemann, who, in the 18th century, began to develop the essential principles and practice of Homeopathy that we use today, claimed to have treated acute illnesses (such as flu) very successfully using homeopathy. He prescribed for each of his patient’s acute sicknesses as isolated incidences until he noticed that many patients were coming back with underlying complaints unchanged. What he observed was the underlying chronic picture that each person had behind their various acute manifestations. Each patient, he concluded, had a particular 'constitution' - their family history of illness, their longer term pattern of tending to produce certain physical complaints, together with a unique mental and emotional make up, as well as being susceptible to certain triggers which brought on their symptoms, (what they were sensitive towards) - all taken altogether is a bit like mapping out their whole being. He started to prescribe for the underlying constitution of his patients, and he reported that not only did they get better but also became far less susceptible to their former complaints.

How are homeopathic medicines made?

 

Actually any substance, usually of vegetable or mineral origin, which is prepared with homeopathic ‘potentisation’ - dilution and then vigorous ‘succussion’ (or shaking) repeated many times - could be called a homeopathic medicine. Homeopaths often call them ‘remedies’. But It is, in reality, the act of matching the similarity between the patient and the remedy that makes it 'homeopathic'. The process of diluting and shaking somehow releases the latent healing power of the substances making them chemically inert, and therefore safer at the same time.

Who can benefit from Homeopathy?

 

In theory, absolutely anybody, as homeopaths prescribe primarily on the symptoms of the patient, not just on an orthodox medical diagnosis, although this may be useful for the purposes of managing a particular condition, and sometimes for prescribing purposes too.

'In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual vital force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purpose of our existence.'

Organon of Medicine - Samuel Hahnemann