Homeopathy is a unique, natural, holistic system of medicine which stimulates the body’s healing responses with no known side effects.
1. LAW OF SIMILARS
Any substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure similar symptoms in a person who is sick. This idea is referred to as the ‘Law of Similars‘
Here are the examples :
An onion is a substance that makes your eyes water and your nose burn. If you are having an attack of hay fever causing watery eyes and a burning nose then a homeopathic remedy made from onion can relieve it.
Poison ivy causes redness, intense itching, burning, blistering and sometimes stiff muscles. Homeopathically, it has been used for everything from herpes and burns to eczema and arthritis.
When you are stung by a bee you feel a burning, stinging pain and the tissues surrounding the area swell up. Some relief is gained from applying cold to the area. If you had swollen tonsils with burning and stinging pain relieved by cold, a homeopathic remedy prepared from the same source could cure.
In England, France, Germany and the Netherlands, homeopathy is included in the National Health Service. Hahnemann observed from his experiments with cinchona bark, used as a treatment for malaria, that the effects he experienced from ingesting the bark were similar to the symptoms of malaria. He therefore decided cure proceeds through similarity, and treatments must be able to produce symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the disease being treated. Through further experiments with other substances, Hahnemann conceived of the ‘law of similars’, otherwise known as “let like be cured by like” (Latin: similia similibus curentur) as a fundamental healing principle. He believed that by using drugs to induce symptoms, the artificial symptoms would stimulate the vital force, causing it to neutralise and expel the original disease and that this artificial disturbance would naturally subside when the dosing ceased. It is based on the belief that a substance that in large doses will produce symptoms of a specific disease will, in extremely small doses, cure it. Hahnemann’s law of similars is an ipse dixit axiom, in other words an unproven assertion made by Hahnemann, and not a true law of nature.
2. THE MINIMUM DOSE
Hahnemann directed that the least amount of substance that would evoke a healing process be used. This is called the ‘Minimum Dose‘. We all know that normal medicines can cause side effects, leading to much suffering or even death. In an effort to prevent side effects, Hahnemann began successive dilution with agitation of his medicines, to find the point at which they would be therapeutic, but not toxic.
Currently there are three thousand substances used as homeopathic remedies to treat everything from colds and cough to arthritis and cancer.
3. THE TOTALITY OF SYMPTOMS
According to World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental or social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
While addressing the physical condition homeopaths consider the state of mind as well as social relations. Different people have different moods during some imbalance in the health, some are angry, some are dull and some weep. One may weep with the pain he is experiencing, others may let go this as anger. A very bold person becomes depressed with some health condition . That indicates the hormonal levels of that person which maintain Psychology, Physiology and immunity system. Each hormone takes care of many functions by regulating many organs. In order to know the cause, classical homeopaths take the ‘totality‘ into consideration and not each symptom separately so that the person will have balance at complete health not just the relief.