Principles of homeopathy

Principles of homeopathy

Principles of Homeopathy

Homeopathy has certain fundamental principles which guide the whole system. They remain unchanged over the last 200 years as their truth is demonstrated through successful treatment of the sick.

The core principle of homeopathy is the law of similars: ‘similia similibus curantur’, which means ‘like cures like’. Put simply, a disease is cured with a substance that causes similar symptoms/disease in a healthy human being. To understand this principle better, we come with the following example: if we have a cold, with watering, itchy and burning eyes, tickle in the nose, sneezing bouts with watery irritant secretions, only one remedy will alleviate all the symptoms, namely the one that covers all these symptoms. We may see this picture of symptoms when cutting onions, so according to this principle, the remedy is Allium Cepa. Another example: we all have experienced the effects of excessive coffee consumption. Depending on individual sensitivity various disorders will develop, such as: nervousness, tremors, palpitations, insomnia, so according to the similarity principle, coffee will be prescribed to alleviate the above mentioned symptoms. The Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC.), and Paracelsus (1493-1541) talked about this principle back in the ancient time we can note this from the ancient scrolls, yet only Hahnemann transformed it into a healing method.

Another principle of homeopathy is the individualisation of treatment, which states that in homeopathy we treat the person, but not the disease. The patient is seen as a whole. In homeopathy, physical and psychological aspects, genetic predisposition, action of external factors (such as everyday stress and weather conditions – wind, humidity, rain, cold, mountain, sea, sun), as well as food preferences/dislikes are taken into consideration; the patients’ lifestyle also plays an important role. When we are sick, symptoms characteristic of a disease, as well as symptoms specific to the sick person can be observed. The latter symptoms are of no interest to an allopathic doctor, because the treatment is chosen in accordance with standardised templates: for pain analgesics and for fever antipyretics are prescribed, etc. In contrast, for a homeopath, the individual symptoms present great interest when prescribing the treatment. This is why if several patients with similar diseases, for example stomach ulcers, come to a homeopath, each of them will receive different homeopathic treatment. The homeopath will never prescribe medications based on a clinical diagnosis, but based on all the symptoms, specifically on individual and specific ones.

The third principle of homeopathy is that of the minimum dose – requiring the use of infinitesimal doses of and maximum concentrations. The homeopathic remedies are prepared by a physical method that enhances the healing property of the remedy, the gradual dilution of the substances results in infinitesimal doses, which however become truly effective only after the “succussion” (prolonged agitation). The modern French pharmacopoeia uses this method to prepare homeopathic remedies. The effectiveness of the infinitesimal dose has been demonstrated by the clinically validated results. There is the official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia in the United States of America, which was supplemented in 1974, and contains the standards on the raw materials, composition and methods of preparation of over 2600 homeopathy remedies. These remedies have no side effects, toxic reactions or allergies and are not addictive. As a result, they can be safely used by pregnant women, newborn babies and nursing infants, children of various ages, as well as by the elderly.

Regardless of the origin of homeopathic remedies, be it herbal, mineral or animal, all of them follow the principle of similars and that of the minimum dose to produce their therapeutic effect. The homeopath, in turn, acts in accordance with the principle of individualization of treatment, so as to ensure that the Hippocrates postulate stating that “Nature heals; the physician is only nature’s assistant” is eventually complied with.


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