THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HOMEOPATHY

 

SYSTEM IN HOMEOPATHY

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats the whole individual and not only the sickness. Symptoms are regarded the main key to remove sickness and restore health. Based on Nature’s Law, homeopathic medicine stimulates the patient’s Vital Force to remove disease. Homeopathy comes from the Greek word “homeo”, which means “similar”, and “pathos”, meaning “suffering”. “Similar Similibus Currentur”, meaning “let like be treated by like”, is Nature’s Law. This is the basis for the cornerstone principle of homeopathy: the “Law of Similars.” This law states that a substance that, in large doses, would cause a symptom to occur, can stimulate the body to correct the symptom when administered in minute dosages.

 

In homeopathy, very minute doses of plant, animal, or mineral substances are administered that would, in large doses, cause adverse symptoms. These doses are far too small to produce any adverse effects, but they are adequate to stimulate the body to fight the symptom.

 

According to homeopathic theory, this type of treatment goes far beyond the correction of symptoms. Because the treatment does not directly attack or suppress the symptoms, as do allopathic medicines, but rather stimulates the body to correct the symptoms on its own, homeopathic medicines can actually eliminate the underlying imbalance or disease that is causing the symptoms in the first place.

 

Plants, metals, minerals, animal and disease products are used to manufacture more than 2,000 medicines. These medicines, or remedies, are used to treat common day-to-day acute problems like cough, cold, flu, and food poisoning, and have a tremendous scope for the most chronic and complicated types of disease like migraines, asthma, psoriasis, et cetera.

 

FOUNDER

Dr. C.F.S. Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, was born in Meissen, Germany on the 10th of April, 1775. His father and grandfather were porcelain painters. Out of his own will and effort, he studied medicine.  He was a man of wisdom and clarity, who could not accept the principles and ways of medicine of the time, which involved violent purging of the body and blood-letting. Rather than compromise his beliefs, he quit the practice of medicine and earned his living for his growing family by translating medical literature. Using his skills as an accomplished linguist who had mastered seven languages, he was translating the “Materia Medica” compiled by Cullen when he came across mention of Cinchona Bark (Peruvian Bark) for its effects in the treatment and prevention of malaria and other fevers. He started to prove this remedy on himself, and soon developed not only the symptoms for which it was being used, but, in fact, a complete picture of the disease. His mind, already open, was amazed by how a drug capable of curing a particular disease, could create similar symptoms in a healthy human being. After that, in his lifetime, he proved on himself more than 100 homeopathic remedies.

 

DECLINE AND RE-EMERGENCE

Soon after its emergence, homeopathy spread to other countries like France, Austria, England, America, Latin America and India. A lot of clinical work was done in many different parts of the world. At the turn of the century, there were more homeopathic doctors in America than allopathic doctors. Then the pharmaceutical industry entered with the advancement of technology, and the external pomp and show attracted more and more people. Homeopathy did not have much that was new to offer, for it is based in Nature’s Law, which is never changing. The advent of penicillin, cortisone, and other anti-allergics was the beginning of the wonder drugs, and homeopathy lost popularity. Homeopathy became a threat to allopathic pharmaceuticals and this had an impact on homeopathic practitioners, worldwide.

 

In the last few decades, however, homeopathy has come back in a very big way. The sad experiences associated with the allopathic system of medicine are helping once again in the reemergence of forgotten truths. Homeopathy is enjoying a renaissance because of its increasing popularity with royal families and the press.  In France, 40 percent of the population uses homeopathic remedies, and the same percentage of physicians prescribe them. In Germany and other European countries, it is estimated that half of the population use, and 20% of the physicians prescribe, homeopathic remedies. Because it is so economical, Mexico, Latin America, and India find homeopathy widespread.

 

LAW OF INDIVIDUALIZATION

Each patient in homeopathy is regarded a unique individual identity. Two patients suffering from a common sickness will receive different remedies. Character and nature of the patient is studied and analyzed in general. The peculiarities with which each patient manifests his or her sickness are given great importance.

 

VITAL FORCE

Hahnemann observed that each living human has a vital force or vital energy. In a way, this is responsible for complete harmony between organs, and between mind and body. (The Chinese refer to this energy as Chi and the Indians as Atman.) This vital force protects us from sickness and gives us immunity. In disease, it manifests abnormal alarm signals (symptoms), which means that it needs help and reinforcement. During the treatment stage, the potencies (invisible homeopathic micro doses) stimulate the vital force to heal itself and emerge healthy.

 

PROVING REMEDIES

Hahnemann advised that homeopathic remedies should be, and must be, proven on healthy human beings, because mental symptoms — consideration of which forms an important part of homeopathic prescribing — are not possible to learn about when proven on animals, e.g., “Burning in the stomach as from fire”.

 

POTENTIZATION AND POTENCIES

The Law of Similars was known to both Hippocrates and Paracelsus, but Hahnemann was the first to establish it as a science.  His greater discovery was the method of potentization. This is a process by which the Inert Substance or latent power of the medicinal substance is liberated. By disintegrating the molecule, potentization renders the medicinal substance more dynamic and deeper in its action, e.g., common salt, when potentized, becomes a powerful polycrest (one of the deepest acting remedies), Natium Muraticum, which is curative for many psychic disorders, dermatitis, cancer, migraines, hay fever, and more. There are two different potency scales in homeopathy the decimal potency and the centisismal (decimal times 10) potency.

 

VEHICLES IN HOMEOPATHY FOR PREPARATION AND DISPENSING OF THE REMEDY

The solids used are sugar of milk powder and globules, as well as pellets and tablets made of sugar of milk. The most common liquids are distilled water, alcohol, and glycerin. Semi-solids of vaseline or wax-based creams are used for homeopathic ointments.

 

SOURCES OF HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

Homeopathic remedies are made from the vegetable kingdom using whole plants, stems, leaves and fruits; from the animal kingdom using whole animals and animal parts, insects, and both poisonous and non-poisonous animal products; from the mineral kingdom using metals, elements, and organic and inorganic compounds and minerals. “Nosodes” are remedies that use diseased human, animal, and plant products. “Sarcodes” are remedies that are made from healthy glands and normal secretions of living animals. “Impondesabilia” remedies are made from the natural energies of magnets, x-rays, and electric fields.

 

PRECAUTIONS DURING HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Homeopathic remedies should not be touched with the hands. They should not be stored near strong perfumes. Camphor and peppermint must be especially avoided both internally and externally. Direct sunlight on the remedy must be avoided. Drinks such as coffee and tea should be avoided. An interval without food and water should be observed before and after taking homeopathic medicine. Homeopathic remedies should not be dispensed during the “aggravation time” (temporary intensification of symptoms) of the medicine, e.g., Calcarea Carbonicum (Carbonate of Lime) is worse during the full moon; Rhus Toxicodendron (Poison Ivy) is worse in cold, wet, rainy weather; Byronia (Hops) is worse in the morning, when eating, during hot weather.

 

CASE TAKING

A complete history of the patient, present and past, including his or her family, must be gathered. Careful consideration is given the ill person, and what makes him or her unique. Likings and dislikings, conditions which make his or her sickness better or worse, and the general character and nature of the patient are important.

 

HOMEOPATHIC LAW OF CURE

The Homeopathic Law of Cure is based on Nature’s Law, also called Hering’s Law:

 

Cure takes place from above downwards.

Cure takes place from the center to the periphery.

Cure proceeds in reverse order of appearance.

 

SOME CONDITIONS WHICH CAN BE TREATED AT HOME WITH HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

 

Common cold – Toothache

Bronchitis – Gastritis

Hemorrhages – Skin allergies

Injuries – Hysteria

Burns – Tonsillitis

Colic – Rheumatic pains

Mumps – Scarlet fever

Bladder problems (cystitis) – Sciatica

Hemorrhoids – Sinusitis

Constipation – Sleep problems

Diarrhea – Urticaria

Food Poisoning – Vertigo

Headache – Varicose veins

Earache (otitis media) – Travel sickness

Painful menstruation – Bed wetting in children

Cramps in the legs – Mild depression

Examination fears

 

By Julia Jus.

 

Dr. Jus is a Doctor of Medicine (Medicina Alternativa); has a Postgraduate Degree DHM in Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homoeopathy; and is a Certified Colon Therapist and member of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT).