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The name Homeopathy is derived from the words “homeo” for similar and “pathy” for disease. It is a system of medicine based on the Law of Similars or better described as a healing method grounded on the premise that Like cures Like. The principle behind this system of care is that the substances that cause specific symptoms in a healthy person can cure these symptoms in one who is sick. This treatment is unlike any other system of medical care as most modern medicines use substances that force chemical changes upon the body to work against or reverse the actions of a particular symptom or disease.
Homeopathic Remedies utilize extracts from plants, minerals and animals; diluting them in specific ways, increasing their potential (or potency) to cure with no side effects, danger of toxicity, overdose or drug interactions. In fact, a primary principle in Homeopathy is “Less is More”, as these remedies are prepared using a method of alternating dilution and vigorous shaking. These Homeopathic Remedies can come in a variety of forms such as powders, tablets, wafers and liquids based in alcohol. Many over-the-counter combination remedies are now available for common ailments such as Flu, Sore Throat, Headache and Insomnia making self-treatment an option since they are labeled according to the ailment. However, it is wise to place your care in the hands of a trained professional as more knowledge is required to address chronic ailments.
The symptoms of a wide variety of conditions that we’ve been convinced we just need to live with can be eased utilizing Homeopathic Remedies. The natural substances used in these remedies, do not actually suppress the illness or kill anything like bacteria or viruses. Instead they stimulate self-healing on very deep levels within the body as a natural reaction to the substance. Homeopathic Remedies address the Vital Force (the force that animates and perpetuates organisms and living beings), thus Homeopathy is often referred to as “energy” medicine. When the vital force is healthy, healthy functioning is found throughout the body.
The use of properly prescribed Homeopathic Remedies produces increased health physically, mentally and emotionally overtime. Improved mood, better resilience, increased immune function and more energy are often some of the changes people initially notice when starting good Homeopathic treatment. They may become more hopeful and just feel happier, indicating that the Homeopathic Remedy is working on a very deep level to produce real change. These changes may be invisible or subtle, but they are good signs that the physical symptoms will improve given time. A chronic or long standing physical illness may take a while to resolve. Just like pealing the layers of an onion to get to its core, healing happens in layers or stages. The return of energy, increase in mental function and improvements in emotional well being are definite indicators that physical symptoms will improve as well over time.
The Law of Similars – “Let Like Cure Likes”
The truth of this law has been verified experimentally and clinically for the last 200 years. To understand it, a homeopath has to study and understand the Organon of Medicine written by the founder of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. To explain how it works, we offer this example by the National Center for Homeopathy. Please read the following:
If your child accidentally ingests certain poisons, you may be advised to administer Syrup of Ipecac to induce vomiting. Ipecac is derived from the root of a South American plant called Ipecacuanha. The name, in the native language, means “the plant by the road which makes you throw up.” Eating the plant causes vomiting.
When a group of healthy volunteers took this substance to determine the effects of this drug, they found that the drug induced other symptoms as well. The mouth retained much saliva. The tongue was very clean. There was a cough so severe that it led to gagging and vomiting. There was incessant nausea. While it is expected that vomiting would usually relieve the nausea, this was not the case.
Such an experiment, using healthy volunteers, is called a proving, and it is the homeopath’s source of information about the action of a drug.
Of what use could this plant be? If a person were suffering from a gagging cough after a cold, or a woman were experiencing morning sickness with incessant nausea that is not relieved by vomiting, then Ipecacuanha, administered in a minute dose, especially prepared by a homeopathic pharmacy in accordance with FDA approved guidelines, can allay the “similar” suffering.
Samuel Hahnemann described this principle by using a Latin phrase: Similia Similibus Curentur, which translates: “Let likes cure likes.” It is a principle that has been known for centuries. Hahnemann developed the principle into a system of medicine called homeopathy, and it has been used successfully for the last 200 years.
Meghna Thacker, NMD