What is homeopathy?
It is a treatment method using energy messages from a variety of substances, stimulating the natural healing ability of the body to cure diseases, relieve symptoms and achieve health benefits. ‘Homeo’ means similar and ‘pathy’ means suffering, a term coined by Samuel Hahnemann, its founder.
Homeopathy is based on the “Law of Similars” which states:
“A substance that produces a set of symptoms (resembling a disease) in a healthy person will, (if given in minute doses), cure a similar set of symptoms occurring as a manifestation of disease in a sick person (thereby eliminating the disease).”
How does homeopathy work?
A substance in its energy form given to a sick person artificially produces symptoms resembling to the disease of that person, stimulating the healing force in the body to oppose it, and in the process, eliminate the original disease condition. The more “similar” this artificially produced image of the disease is to that of the sick person, the stronger is the healing response. Research is underway proving the effect of such ‘non-substance’ messages on human body. See Water Memory (2014 Documentary about Nobel Prize laureate Luc Montagnier)https://youtu.be/R8VyUsVOic0)
Origin & History of Homeopathy
Let me introduce you to Dr Samuel Hahnemann
, a physician from Germany who is perhaps the most underappreciated characters in the history of medicine despite being decades ahead of his time. He was an ardent researcher, a staunch critic of the unscientific methods of treatment and a humane physician who genuinely empathized with the suffering of fellow humans. He stumbled upon homeopathic effects of substances by accident but tirelessly refined it over 40 years to make it usable as it is since. He was a conventionally trained physician and found the medical practices of his time quite inhuman and mostly harmful to patients. He thus stopped practicing medicine and being fluent in 7 languages, began translating medical texts to make a living.
How are homeopathic remedies prepared?
Homeopathic remedies are prepared by diluting various substances to the point that no original substance remains in remedies. What remains is the energy ‘imprint’ or ‘image’ of the substance, that works by stimulating the body to heal. Here is a video by one of the leading homeopathic manufacturers Boiron in France.
Where does information about homeopathic remedies come from?
Information about homeopathic remedies comes from Homeopathy Provings conducted on humans contained in books called Materia Medica. It lists all the effects a substance has on humans including on the mind, emotions and physical body. (Testing on animals is not conducted since animals are unable to express their feelings and emotions.) A group of healthy human volunteers are given a substance in small doses over a period of time, and all the effects including changes in mood, emotions and feelings are carefully noted. When certain symptoms are consistently experienced by a majority of volunteers with a particular substance, it forms the remedy picture of that substance. As you would notice, a single remedy has an influence on the whole person, including the mind, emotions and body. This is why with homeopathy, a person is treated and not a part of the body.
Controversies about Homeopathy
There are many reasons why homeopathy has been riddled with controversy nearly since its birth more than 200 years ago.
Who is homeopathy suitable for?
Homeopathic treatment is suitable for all age groups and disease conditions.
Since homeopathy works by stimulating the natural healing ability of the body, it can only help conditions that the body is capable of reversing. It is unsuitable in cases requiring surgery or emergency medical aid.