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Homoeopathy

Definition

Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a holistic system of treatment that originated in the late eighteenth century. The name homeopathy is derived from two Greek words that mean “like disease.” The system is based on the idea that substances that produce symptoms of sickness in healthy people will have a curative effect when given in very dilute quantities to sick people who exhibit those same symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are believed to stimulate the body’s own healing processes. Homeopaths use the term “allopathy,” or “different than disease,” to describe the use of drugs used in conventional medicine to oppose or counteract the symptom being treated.

Purpose

Homeopathic physicians seek to cure their patients on the physical, mental and emotional levels, and each treatment is tailored to a patient’s individual needs. Homeopathy is generally a safe treatment, as it uses medicines in extremely diluted quantities, and there are usually minimal side effects. Its non-toxicity makes it a good choice for the treatment of children. Another benefit of homeopathy is the cost of treatments; homeopathic remedies are inexpensive, often a fraction of the cost of conventional drugs.

Origin

Homeopathy was founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843), who was much disturbed by the medical system of his time, believing that its cures were crude and some of its strong drugs and treatments did more harm than good to patients. Hahnemann performed experiments on himself using Peruvian bark, which contains quinine, a malaria remedy. He concluded that in a healthy person, quinine creates the same symptoms as malaria, including fevers and chills, which is the reason why it is effective as a remedy. He then began to analyze the remedies available in nature by what he called provings. Provings of homeopathic remedies are still compiled by dosing healthy adults with various substances and documenting the results, in terms of the dose needed to produce the symptoms and the length of the dose’s effectiveness. The provings are collected in large homeopathic references called materia medica or materials of medicine.

 

Hahnemann Formulated These Principles Of Homeopathy :
Law of Similars (like cures like)
Law of the Infinitesimal Dose (The more diluted a remedy is, the more potent it is.)
illness is specific to the individual

 

How does it work ?

Homeopathy is guided by several basic theories and principles.

 

Law of similars. The creator of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, believed that “like cured like.” If a substance in large amounts CAUSES a certain disease, then that same substance in small amounts could cure the disease. Hahnemann believed that administering a diluted form of a toxic substance could provide the stimulus the body needed to begin to heal itself.

 

Law of infinitesimals. In the beginning of homeopathy, small doses of a substance were used. This eventually evolved into using extreme dilutions of the original substance. Hahnemann suggested that the more dilute the substance, the more potent the effect it had against a given disease.

 

Potentiation through dilution. Related to the law of infinitesimals is the concept of potentiation through dilution. The preparation of a homeopathic product involves a step-wise dilution process along with “succussion.” Each dilution is succussed, or shaken vigorously. It is believed by homeopathic practitioners that this process leaves behind the image, essence, or spirit of the original compound in the water. The more times this process is repeated, or the more dilute the end-product, the stronger the homeopathic preparation.

 

Homeopathy was created before there was a modern-day understanding of chemistry, physics, and the science of drugs. As a result, these theories and principles are generally inconsistent with our current understanding of science and are not generally accepted by the medical or scientific community.

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