What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathic medicineHomeopathy is a modality, or a form of medicine which involves treating a patient with highly diluted substances,in tablet , pilule or liquid form, designed to stimulate the body’s own system of healing. Based on the patient’s specific symptoms, a homeopathic practitioner, by fully understanding the manner in which the patient experiences their illness, will accurately match a chosen medicine to stimulate the healing process.. ‘Like with Like’.

Homeopathy is based on the principle of treating ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.

For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms.

This concept is sometimes also used in conventional medicine, except that with homeopathic medicines the substances that are used are done si in ultra high dilutions, which renders them non-toxic.

The science behind the medicine of Homeopathy:

Homeopathic medicines otherwise called remedies are prepared by specialist pharmacies using a careful set process of dilution and succussion.

As yet, science has not been able to explain the mechanism of action of ultra high dilutions in the body, but scientific experiments have repeatedly demonstrated that homeopathic remedies prepared to a precise methodology can be shown to cause biological effects. For example, the hormone thyroxine prepared as a homeopathic ‘30C’ dilution has been shown to slow down the process of metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs.

One theory is that during the production of a homeopathic medicine, the dilution and agitation processes cause an interaction between the original material (e.g. a plant such as Arnica, Calendula or Belladonna ) and the water and alcohol (which opens the carbon structure of the water) it is mixed with, . This creates tiny new structures (nanostructures) which are the ‘active ingredient’ and remain present even when the sample has been diluted many, many times, even beyond Avogadro’s number.

There is also a growing body of research evidence that homeopathic medicines have clinical effects. It’s persistent use for centuries and it’s loyal following also bears testimony to the benefits experienced by it’s millions of users throughout the world.

The principle of treating “like with like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377 BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years.

It was discovered by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, who, horrified with the harsh medical practises of the day (which included bloodletting, purging and the use of poisons such as arsenic), sought a manner of treatment which would reduce reduce the damaging side-effects associated with medical treatment of his day

He began experimenting on himself initially and thereafter on a group of healthy volunteers, giving ever reducing medicinal doses, and found that as well as reducing toxicity, the medicines were actually proving to be more and more effective as he reduced the dose.

He also observed a direct correlation between the symptom picture caused by toxic ‘medicines’ such as mercury, were almost a mirror image, or very similar to those of the disease states they were being used to treat e.g. mercury to syphilis, which lead to the principle he described as ‘like cures like’.

Hahnemann, with rigorous scientific discipline, diligently documented his research and his texts formed the foundations of homeopathic medicine as it is practised today. A BBC Radio 4 documentary aired in December 2010 described Hahnemann as a medical pioneer who worked tirelessly to improve medical practice, insisting that medicines were tested before use, not a common practice in the application of early medicine.

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