Homeopathy – An Eternal Insight
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine in which practitioners use highly diluted preparations.
It was first proposed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, based on “ipse dixit axiom’ formulated by Hahnemann which he called the Law of similar, preparations which cause certain symptoms in healthy individuals are given to patient who already exhibit similar symptoms.
It is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural healing system. Based on their individual symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, was dropped around 460 BC, constituted that diseases imbibe in from uncolored sources, rather than the superstitious sources popular at that time. He is a keen observer and recognized that each case is individual.
Homeopathy’s efficacy beyond the placebo effect is unsupported by the collective weight of scientific and clinical evidence. While some individual studies have positive results, systematic reviews of published trials fail to demonstrate efficacy conclusively. Furthermore, higher quality trials tend to report results that are less positive and most positive studies have not been replicated or show methodological problems that prevent them from being considered unambiguous evidence of homeopathy’s efficacy.
Depending on the dilution, homeopathic remedies may not contain any pharmacologically active molecules and for such remedies to have pharmacological effect would violate fundamental principles of science.
An alchemist and a doctor named Paracelsus were spoken against doctors doing more harm than good. All things are poison, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison. This is close to the homeopathic principle of using minute doses of the substance, even poisons. He believed that health rested on the inner harmony of man, something homeopaths easily identify with.
Hahnemann discovered that diluting and shaking remedies, which homeopaths called potentisation, not only produced fewer side effects but also produced better results. Homeopathic remedies are drawn from the natural world and prescribed on the principle of treating “like with like” or the way of similar.
Samuel Hahnemann was a highly intelligent man, far ahead of his time. He was a doctor, a chemist and a linguist. His change from practicing medicine to discovering homeopathy came about after he found it unacceptable to continue with the current medical practice of doing more harm than good. He was disillusioned with the often severe treatments that were used and was looking for a more natural way to treat illnesses. He was quite a rebel in his day causing much controversy in promoting homeopathy, which was never accepted by the medical community.
He spent the rest of his life experimenting, observing, developing the complete philosophy of homeopathy and writing guidelines for following practitioners.
One of his most important instructions is:
“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent in the shortest, most reliable, and most harmless way, on easily comprehensible principles.”
The three key areas fundamental to healing which he clearly understood are the nature of disease, nature of medicines and the nature of man. If you are thinking about using homeopathy, do not use homeopathy as a replacement for proven conventional care or to postpone seeing a doctor about a medicine problem. If you are considering using a homeopathy and decide to seek treatment from a homeopath, ask about the training and experience of the practitioner you are considering. Women who are pregnant or nursing, or people who are thinking of using homeopathy to treat a child, should consult their healthcare provider.
The 100 odd medicines Hahnemann developed homeopathically are still are much in use today, for exactly the same reasons, as they were 200 years ago. There may have been large changes in our environment and in our technology, but there have been no changes in who we are and how we respond to outside pressure.
Today, homeopathy is still considered a form of alternative medicine. The concept is that substances that cause symptoms in healthy people such as raw onions causing sore, tearful eyes, can be used in extreme dilution to treat illnesses which cause the same symptoms. In this example, extract of raw onion could be used as an ingredient, extremely diluted, in a remedy to treat colds, flu, or other illnesses that produce the same symptoms.
Homeopathy is one of the few modalities of health which fully appreciates the mind-body connection, and works as well on animals as it does on people. Based on highly ethical procedures, all homeopathic testing called “proving” are done on healthy people.