Homeopathy actually derives its name from the Greek word, homoeo=’similar’, and pathos=’suffering’. As per W.H.O, Homeopathy represents the second most chosen medicine in the world and is consistently increasing in popularity.
Homeopathy is traditional, natural therapy based on the nature’s law of Cure, namely ‘Like Cures Like’. The truth of this law was discovered by a German Physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796.
The principles which makes homeopathy unique in health care are:
1. The law of similia
The basic principle of homeopathy is that “Like cures like”. The substances which can produce disease symptoms in healthy person can be used to cure the same symptoms in a sick person.
§ 26 of ORGANON OF MEDICINE by Dr.Samuel Hahnemann explain the nature’s law of cure “A weaker dynamic affection is permanently extinguished in the living organism by a stronger one, if the latter (whilst differing in kind) is very similar to the former in its manifestations.”
Eg. Coffee and insomnia.
We know that drinking coffee can over-stimulate the nervous system and cause insomnia. In homeopathy the traditional homeopathic preparation of coffee is using to manage insomnia if symptom matches.
In order to produce a healing stimuli, homeopathy uses minimum dose. Healing principle in our body needs only small stimuli to trigger its action for healing. Advantage of minimum dose is that, it does not produce gross the toxic side effects.
§ 246 of ORGANON OF MEDICINE by Dr.Samuel Hahnemann, Homeopathic medicines are given in the minute dose, so as to produce the least possible excitation of the vital force, and yet sufficient to effect the necessary change in it.
Homeopathic medicines are diluted by a special process called potentization to get the least minimum dose for producing a healing response.
Drugs are potentised by two methods:
- Trituration – in case of insoluble substance
- Succussion – in case of soluble substances
The homoeopathic medicine is always given singly-one single, simple medicinal substance so that its action is complete and unmodified by other drugs.
Hahnemann explains this in aphorisms 272-274 of ‘ Organon of Medicine’, states that only one single, simple medicinal substance is to be administered in a given case of time.
Totality of symptoms
Homeopathy takes into consideration of total symptoms of mind, body & emotions. The whole picture is of illness is matched with the appropriate homeopathic remedy.
§ 5 of ORGANON OF MEDICINE by Dr.Samuel Hahnemann – States that” in these investigations, the ascertainable physical constitution of the patient (especially when the disease is chronic), his moral and intellectual character, his occupation, mode of living and habits, his social and domestic relations, his age, sexual function, etc., are to be taken into consideration.”
Every person has his way of thinking, expressions, likes dislikes, emotions, hobbies etc. In disease conditions each person reacts differently even if affected with same condition. In case of flu even if it is the same virus source each person exhibits different symptoms. One person may be restless and anxious, other person may be quiet, one may thirsty, one without thirst. Homeopathy medicines of choice will be different for these persons. You can see 100 of remedies for headache in homeopathic materia medica. Homeopath selects the most suited one for each person.
Homeopathic Medicine Sources.
Homeopathy medicines are sourced from nature. For homeopathic preparation they need to be ultra diluted.
75 % is from Plant Kingdom
Whole plant, Flowers, root, leaves
Examples- Calendula, Arnica, Windflower
Examples-Honey bee, Spanish fly, snake venom
Example-Common salt, Borax
Examples- Gold, Silver, Mercury
Influenza virus, Staphylococcus
All medicines gone through a series of succession and dilution until there is no molecules of original substance left, but the energy imprints are transferred to the medium.
Homeopathic medicines are stored mainly in 90% alcohol.
Homeopathic medicines are dispensed in plain water, sucrose pills, tablets or in sugar of milk pills.
Homeopathy In Australia.
Homeopathy has been practiced by individual practitioners throughout Australia since the 1840s. The Australian Register of Homeopaths (AROH) registers homeopaths who have undergone training at Registered training organizations or universities, which comply with Commonwealth Government-recognized National Competency Standards in Homeopathy (NCSH).
For more information visit www.aroh.com.au