What is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a form of medicine that was founded over two hundred years ago by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann who devoted his life to its study. However, the origins of homoeopathy can be traced back to Hippocrates. The fundamental principle of homoeopathy is law of similars or 'similia similibus curentur' (like cures like). In other words, a person can be treated using a substance that, if given to a healthy person, would elicit symptoms similar to those of the illness. Hahnemann prepared remedies by a process of serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) to such a degree that not even a single molecule of the original solute is likely to be present. The use of extreme dilution renders the substance harmless to human body but the theory is that the remedy encourages the body’s self-healing response. The resultant remedy is completely harmless and non-addictive. Homoeopathy does not attempt to suppress symptoms but instead tries to cure the root cause of the pathology.
What is a Remedy?
In Homoeopathy, the extremely diluted solute from plant, mineral or animal products will penetrate into sugar pills. These pills are called remedies. As they are usually diluted to such a degree that not even a single molecule of the original solute is likely to be present, they can safely be used by anyone including babies and pregnant women. It is believed that remedies encourage the body’s vital force (natural healing power) by matching the unnatural resonance of the pathology. However, if the resonance does not match, the remedy will have no effect. Thus remedies are used to activate natural healing power to help the body to cure itself. An essential element of homoeopathy is the belief that the body can cure itself.
How Does Natural Healing Power Work?
The body can often recover from acute pathologies within a very short time without any intervention. In chronic cases, however, symptoms may increases as part of the recovery process. The remedies themselves do not adversely influence the body or mind but the body will become detoxified as its natural healing power increases. For example, secretion rates of mucous, sweat or urine may increase. Such changes may not always occur but there is a possibility that changes may be experienced as the body returns to a state of natural health.