Homoeopathy is the therapeutic system founded by the German Physician Samuel Hahnemann. The whole system is based mainly upon the three principles. They remain unchanged over the last 200 years as their truth is demonstrated through successful treatment of the sick. Let’s see what the three principles of homeopathy are.
The Law of Similars: like cures like
One of the three principles 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, let’s come up with the following example: if we have a cold with watery, itchy, and burning eyes, tickling in the nose, and sneezes 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 have all experienced the effects of excessive coffee consumption. Depending on individual sensitivity, various disorders will develop, such as nervousness, tremors, palpitations, and insomnia. Therefore, 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.
The individualisation of the case
Another principle of homeopathy is the individualization treatment, which states that in homeopathy we treat the person, but not the disease. The patient is seen as a whole. In homeopathy, the patients’ lifestyle also plays an important role. Factors of these lifestyles that are taken into consideration include genetic predisposition, physical and psychological aspects, action of external factors (such as everyday stress and weather conditions – wind, humidity, rain, cold, mountain, sea, sun), as well as food preferences/dislikes. When we are sick, symptoms that characterize 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 standardized 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 minimum dose
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 becomes 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. Not to mention, the official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia in the United States of America, which was supplemented in 1974, contains the standards on the raw materials, composition, and methods of preparation for 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 & nursing infants, children of various ages, and by the elderly.
Regardless of the origin of homeopathic remedies, – be it herbal, mineral or animal – all of them follow the principles 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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