First Lets Get a Little History…
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that uses the natural laws of healing by using natural medicines made from animal, plants and minerals.
Homeopathy was discovered in the early 1800’s by a German physician, Samuel Christian Friedrich Hahnemann. After a short period of time after he set up his practice he started to beleive that medicine was not as good as what he origanally thought. Back in the eighteenth and nineteenth century physicians believed that sickness was caused by humors or fluids in the body which had to be extracted by using methods such as being cauteried, blistered, purged, and bled.
Hahnemann protested against this brutal treatment and was denounced by his colleagues for heresy. He was also apposed to the way doctors proscribed medicine. Back then it was customary to mix many drugs into one perscription. This made a lot of people angry in his field and later turned to medical translating as a livelihood. But he always stuck to his goal to find “If God had not indeed given some law, whereby the diseases of mankind would be cured.”
One day when he was translating a lecture he stumbled on something that may be the answer that he was looking for. This lecture was on the Materia Medica by William Cullen, (a Scottish professor of medicine). William claimed that cinchona bark or quinine, cured intermittent fever (or malaria) because of it’s bitter qualities. This did not seem plausible to Hahnemann who knew of many other things that could be used that were also bitter. So he decided to test the medicine on himself…
And here was what he found. (I got this from a Homeopathy book that is in the recourses below)
“I took by way of experiment, twice a day, four drachms of good China (quinine). My feet, finger ends, etc. at first became cold; I grew languid and drowsy; then my heart began to palpitate, and my pulse grew hare and small;intolerable anxiety, trembling, prostation throughout all my limbs; then pulsation, in the head, redness of my cheeks, thirst, and in short, all these symptoms which are ordinarily characteristic of intermittent fever, made their appearance, one after the other, yet without the peculiar chilly, shivering rigor. Briefly, even those symptoms which are of regular occurrence and especially characteristic as the stupidity of mind, the kind of rigidity in all the limbs, but above all the numb, disagreeable sensation, which seems to have its seat in the periosteum, over every bone in the body-all these make their appearance. This paroxysm lasted two or three hours each time, and recurred if I repeated this dose, not otherwise; I discontinued it, and was in good health.”
The symptoms Hahnemann developed where that same as the symptoms of malaria. Which Hahemann explained the reason malaria was cured by quinine was not because of the bitter taste but because in a healthy persons body it produces the same symptoms of the drug. Now I wouldn’t recommend you test drugs on yourself but this is how he did it.
After learning this he got together friends and supporters to embark on and extensive program of drug testing which they called “proving” (testing of medicine on a healthy person).
When Hahnemann died in 1843 of age 88, he and his program had conducted and supervised provings on 99 substances and more than 600 other medicines were added to homeopathic pharmacopoeia by the end of the century.
PRINCIPLES OF HOMEOPATHY:
The first law of homeopathy is The Law of Similars.
The term homeopathy comes from the Greek word homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering or sickness).
The law of homeopathy is based on the law of similars or better known as “Like is cured by like.” This states that a remedy that creates the same symptoms in a healthy person can cure the same symptoms of the disease. Or another way to put it, “Through the like, disease is produced and through the application of the like, it is cured.”
Hahnemann was the first to test the principle and establish it as a cornerstone of a system of medicine but he was not the one to discover it nor did he claim to discover it.
The law was described in the tenth century B.C. by Hindu Sages as well as Hippocrates who wrote about it in 400 B.C.
Hahnemann was familiar with these writings and under scientifically controlled conditions, was able to produce symptoms in a healthy person to cure the sick person with the same symptoms.
The second law of homeopathy is The Law Of Proving.
Which refers to the method of testing a substance to determine its medicinal effect.
So to prove a remedy they select a group of healthy people. That group is given a daily dose of a substance and then track the symptoms that they experience. And complying with the rules of the standard double-blind method used in pharmacological experiments, half of the test group are used as controls and given an unmedicated tablet or pill called placebo.
When the proving is completed all the symptoms that the provers have experienced consistently will all be compared to the other testers and listed as a characteristic remedy picture in the Materia Medica, which is a prescriber’s reference. Then when a patient comes in the physician can look up the remedy in the Materia Medica to narrow down what treatment the patient needs.
So you maybe wondering why is it that they test on people? And isn’t that dangerous?
In the standard medical practices back in the day drugs were first tested on animals because so many drugs have been found to cause dangerous side effects and in some cases cancer. Homeopaths don’t use animals as subject for testing because they do not have that same chemical reaction as humans do. So with that into consideration it doesn’t make sense to test on animals when the reaction will be different with a person. Also, homeopathic medicines are not toxic, so testing on a healthy person is not an issue. It only creates symptoms for a short period of time and when the person stops taking it the symptoms go away.
The first proving happened in 1790, and there has never been a report of lasting adverse drug reaction as a result of proving.
The third law of homeopathy is The Law of Potentization. (the minimum dose)
I’m sure you can guess what this means but Potentization means the preparation of a homeopathic remedy. Each is prepared by a controlled process of delusions alternating with shaking which may continue till the resulting medicine does not contain any molecules of the original substance. These doses are called potencies. If the dilution is less it would be a low potency and if the dilution is greater it is a high potency. And oddly enough the higher the dilution, the greater the potency of the medicine.
Homeopathy vs Standard Medicine
Homeopathic physician regards symptoms such as a cough, mucus and fever as a healthy reaction of the body’s defense mechanism. Standard medicine looks at it a little differently and regards symptoms as manifestations of the disease, to be opposed or suppressed. As an example aspirin is given to lower fever, anti-histamine to dry up nasal secretions, cough syrup to suppress a cough and so on.
Homeopathic physicians work with the client according to symptoms not according to the disease. The allopathic doctor looks at the patient’s symptoms and groups them under a known diagnosis and then prescribes a treatment established for that disease.
Many people know what germs are and that the world is covered in them. In standard medicine the goal is to identify the invader and select a drug to destroy the germ. Homeopathic’s aim to strengthen the body so that it can defend itself against harmful organisms.
In holistic health it is believed that all parts of the body are inter-dependent and therefore look at the whole person rather than concentrating on one organ or one part of the body or separate mental from physical illness.
I hope this is given you a better understanding of what homeopathy is.
I’m in the process of putting together more articles talking about this subject because it is one of the things that is being brought up to me more often by clients and friends.
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Information pulled March 10, 2021