What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy Guide VideoHomeopathy helps the immune system by using natural plant and animal extracts, minerals and salts so acute and chronic conditions can be overcome.

In this film, the history of homeopathic therapy and the principles of homeopathy are explained.

Homeopathy explained

Homeopathy is a complete and distinct form of medicine. The word homeopathy is based on the Latin word “homeo” which means “the same or similar” and pathy or pathos meaning “suffering”. So, in homeopathy we are trying to match up the persons suffering with a substance which causes that same suffering as closely as possible and there are so many ways to suffer that there’s a large variety of medicines.

So, this concept of treating something with a medicine that can cause that same suffering dates back to Hippocrates who can be considered to be the father of modern medicine, one of the first scientific minds in medicine and someone who made it its own distinct field.

He had much better results than his contemporaries in part because he focused on prognosis, what to expect, and how to make somebody better rather than focusing on diagnosis. And, of course, the modes of coming up with a diagnosis were much more crude than they are today. So he was the first one to say that “like cures like”. This in homeopathy is known as the law of similars.

Now Allopathy, “allo” means the opposite and pathy, of course, suffering so in Allopathy, this is what we call a conventional Western modern medicine. It’s applying a force that does the opposite (and usually very forcefully) so if the suffering is represented by a pink/purple circle the medicine is represented by a bigger green square so we are trying to overpower the body’s natural response to things which is considered to be the disease.

Disease is seen as separate from the individual and so you are just trying to treat the disease not the person. And this can of course save lives. Sometimes people’s reactions to things is what creates the problems and leads to death (anaphylaxsis for example), so in this case you do want to do the opposite of what the person is naturally doing.

History of homeopathy

The father of homeopathy is considered to be Samuel Honermann. He was a German physician and knew quite a bit about chemistry and knew a fair number of languages. He lived in the late 1700s and he became disillusioned with medicine and decided that instead he was going to transcribe and translate text books and this is how he earned a living.

Then he came across some references in a textbook stating that Chinchona could be used to treat malaria for the reasons of it being quite pungent. He came across some Chinchona bark and decided to try it but didn’t think it was beneficial because it was pungent as there are lots of pungent herbs that don’t treat malaria.

So when taking this bark he discovered that he developed the symptoms of malaria and when he applied it to other people they also developed the symptoms of malaria so he started a science with this. He started testing all kinds of medicines and he started treating people again with great success.
You would think that Samuel Honermann was very looked down upon but this was not true. He was accepted back into the ranks of being a physician and teaching. And he taught large numbers of people.

The science of Homeopathy

Now Provings are what we call the science behind homeopathy, it’s how we test what a medicine is and there is usually at least two phases of a proving. One is you get the original substance and you test it on some relatively healthy volunteers, and these are human volunteers not animals.

Ideally its based on numerous trials, often it’s a double-blind placebo controlled study so some people are getting the proving and some are not and the people that are participating generally don’t know what they’re taking. Ideally when you have this information you want to verify its use in clinical practice.

So what gets recorded and incorporated into our books from a proving include the dominant themes, some of those themes are images which come up from the vast majority of the participants, physical symptoms,emotional symptoms and mental symptoms as well.

Emotional symptoms relate to emotions like fear, joy, anger. Mental symptoms relate to how well the mind is functioning, so clarity of mind or dullness of mind or the ability or disability to do mathematics or writing or reading. And we are always looking for the essence, the total picture as complete as possible.

How homeopathy works

When we are dealing with homeopathy clinically, one on one, we choose medicines in a highly individualised way, it is not based on diagnosis its based on the story and the pattern that the person exhibits. The pattern is usually buried very deep within their psyche but it is also a collection of their symptoms so a person functions and acts like a human being but somewhere deeply embedded they might have a story which doesn’t belong to them at all.

It’s some kind of pattern that they believe maybe not even conscientiously a part of themselves and they actually don’t need it. A pattern creates a tendency to behave in certain ways and this also affects the physiology and the biochemistry. If we can get the person to tell us their story we can choose a remedy that will suit them. So it’s a matter of uncovering the persons unique experience.

When you are treating with homeopathy it depends on whether you are having an acute experience like a flu or an injury. If it’s acute the action will be very quick and this might be a bug bite or some other kind of injury like a high fever. These things respond very quickly.

If it’s chronic, something you’ve had for a long time, you can expect improvements to be slow and subtle and the ideal is not to notice anything at all, no aggravations, nothing, hopefully don’t feel anything just a slight shift, maybe a slight improvement in mood, improvement in energy.
Then slowly, on its own your mind, your body, your emotions start to free themselves up. And for some this is like the peeling of an onion, taking off the layers, the re-emergence of symptoms and getting to the core of things.

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