THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HOMEOPATHY
1. Like cures like: The substance most effective in curing illness is one that is able to cause symptoms very similar to those found in the person being treated.
2. Symptoms indicate healing: Symptoms represent the body´s effort to heal itself. Therefore, they are stimulated to complete the curative process.
3. Homeopathic remedies are based on provings: Medicinal substances are given to healthy people in small doses to assess their physiological and psychological effects. These "provings" continue until symptoms are elicited and the medicinal potential of the substance is revealed.
4. Knowledge of medicines is refined by clinical application:
Symptoms cured clinically that may not be found in the provings add to the knowledge of the remedy.
5. The totality of the symptoms is
considered: Mental, emotional, and physical patterns are all taken into account as each person expresses imbalance through mind as well as body.
6. A single remedy is given: One homeopathic medicine is chosen to match the totality of the patient's symptoms.
7. A minimum of doses is given: The individual's healing powers are encouraged by the least amount of medicine necessary to initiate a curative response.
Introduction to Homeopathy
Homeopathy is an advanced natural healing science whose tremendous value has been proven for almost two hundred years and on every continent. Homeopathy can be effective in chronic (long-term) conditions, as well as acute (short-term) illnesses of adults, children and animals. Homeopathic medicines are non-toxic and have no side effects. They act curatively and preventively by raising your general level of health. In homeopathy, very small doses of plant, mineral and animal substances are chosen based on a healing principle called The Law of Similars. This law states that any substance that can produce symptoms on a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in someone who is sick.
Around the year 1800, the German physician Samuel Hahnemann, rediscovered this ancient healing principle and recognized that it was a fundamental law of nature. Hahnemann verified and developed the Law of Similars into the homeopathic system of medicine.
Today, homeopathy has achieved widespread acceptance in many parts of the world and in England enjoys the patronage of the Royal family. Modern homeopathy has seen unprecedented growth world wide, with exciting new developments in remedies and techniques.
Homeopathy is a truly holistic approach to health; one that emphasizes people rather than diseases. Homeopathy recognizes that each person reponds uniquely to the forces of their heredity and environment. Mental, emotional and physical symptoms are the indications of the body's effort to defend and heal itself. Symptoms present a visible image of the invisible defense system.
In order to discover the unique workings of your defense mechanism, the homeopathic physician will seek to obtain as full an image as possible of your total pattern of symptoms. A single homeopathic medicine is then chosen for its ability to cause a very similar symptom pattern. If the remedy is correctly selected, it works to activate the defense mechanism as a whole. When a person becomes well through homeopathy they find improvements on all levels of their health.
The homeopathic medicines, called remedies, are prepared according to a method unique to homeopathy. The remedies are manufactured by licensed homeopathic pharmaceutical companies according to strict standards. Over 2500 substances provide the source materials.
Knowledge about each remedy does not rely on either folklore or biochemical experiments, though it may draw information from these and any other source. The main source of knowledge about homeopathic remedies is obtained from human experiments called provings. In provings, a group of people take very small doses of the substance that is being tested for a period of days or weeks. The subjects record in great detail their mental, emotional and physical changes from the test substance. When this information is combined with other sources of knowledge, especially the study of successful clinical application of the remedy, a clear picture emerges of the full range of action of each substance.
Samuel Hahnemann also developed a way to enhance the healing power of the remedies while eliminating toxic side effects. The medicinal substance is rendered into a liquid form. There are then two primary steps in the production of a homeopathic remedy, known as dilution and succussion. In the first step, termed dilution, the pharmacist adds a portion of the liquid tincture to a measured amount of distilled water. In the second step, called succussion, this dilute solution is struck repeatedly against a solid surface. The fluid is then discarded and more liquid is added. These two steps will be repeated over and over to the desired dilution.
The remedies are prepared by hand for the lower dilutions and then by machine, of which there are several types, for production of the higher dilutions. Remedies manufactured in this way are called potencies. When we speak of a high potency remedy we refer to one that has gone through many cycles of dilution and succussion. Special sugar granules are moistened with the liquid potency for easy administration, though sometimes remedies may be prescribed in liquid form.
The clinical experience of thousands of homeopathic physicians for almost two hundred years has repeatedly shown the remarkable healing power of the high homeopathic dilutions. It is generally observed that high potency (more dilute) remedies have a more rapid and and deeper action than low potencies (less dilute). The fineness of homeopathic dilutions has been the source of great controversy throughout homeopathic history. Although there is a vast amount of clinical experience supporting the efficacy of high dilution homeopathic medicines, there is also an increasing body of scientific research proving their potent biological action. More recently, independent research has indicated that homeopathic dilutions have unique, measurable physical properties.
Now that science has affirmed the question "do they act", the next question will be "how do they act"? Though there are various theories that exist on the mechanism of remedy action, a full answer to this question may be still be years away. In the meantime, it has been enough to know that a remedy correctly chosen according to the Law of Similars will have a powerful action, no matter how small the dose.