Homeopathy is a medical science which is based on true and experimented facts and laws of nature. Homeopathy is a natural therapeutic medical science which is based on stimulating body’s own healing ability to cure the disease through highly diluted and potentized medicines. Being a symptom based medical science, a Homeopath selects medicine on the basis of the patient’s symptoms and individualizes the case on the basis of those specific symptoms. Originated in Germany in 1796, Homeopathy has been used world over since more than 200 years now and it has been extremely popular in countries like Europe, United Kingdom, India, South America with millions of users worldwide.
Dr.C.F.S.Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy himself was a physician of conventional medicine when he got fed up with the conventional system of medicine. He gave up his practice of conventional medicine as he found it faulty. He started translating medical books and that’s how he came across a law called Similia Similibus Curentur. The basic principle of Homeopathy – Like Cures Like (Similia Similibus Curentur) is based on this only. He coined the word Homeopathy from the Greek words meaning ‘similar sufferings’ which means a Homeopathic medicine has the power to cure those symptoms which appear in a healthy person after administering that drug from which the medicine was made. In other words, a drug in its crude form if given to a healthy person in large quantities will cause the same symptoms which can be cured by the medicine in a sick person, if the medicine is prepared from that same drug by homeopathic ways. Suppose a drug when given in its crude form to a healthy person causes head ache, vertigo, dizziness and vision disturbance. So these same symptoms can be cured if a medicine is prepared homeopathically from the same drug and given to the sick person with these symptoms.
In Homeopathy, it is believed that symptoms are the way body describes about the disease. That is, symptoms are the language of the body suffering from a disease. Thus, Homeopathy being a symptom based treatment gives importance to the symptoms of a patient and that medicine, which has those symptoms, is administered to attain cure.
Interestingly, the conventional system of medicine got the name Allopathy by Dr.C.F.S.Hahnemann after he found Homeopathy.
Second principle of Homeopathy is The Minimal Dose. It states that Homeopathic medicines are prepared after super diluting the drug substance. Simply diluting a drug will never result in a Homeopathic medicine. At every level of dilution, mechanical jerks called Successions are given which is how the Homeopathic medicine is prepared. Although the scientific explanation on how succession changes the properties of a super diluted substance at every step is not known, that is why Homeopathy often faces harsh criticism by skeptics. But the absence of proof is not the proof of absence.
Homeopathic medicines being infinitely diluted and succussed, probably attain stimulatory forces which stimulate the diseased body to cure itself. On the other hand, conventional medicines contain large amount of drug substance which is why they produce side effects. Homeopathic medicines are the stimuli which direct the body to attain cure and so there are no side effects produced. This is why Homeopathic medicines are non-addictive as they do not contain heavy drug substances and contain just the stimulatory forces to buck up the body from fighting the disease itself. The treatment of Allergy and Immunization are somewhat based on and derived from this principle only. Though, Homeopaths use even minute doses than the vaccines. Besides the basic principle of ‘Like cures Like’ and ‘The Minimal Dose’, Homeopathy has many other aspects.
Holistic approach of Homeopathy versus Conventional approach– With new researches and developments, it is becoming clear that mind and body influence each other strongly. A person’s mental, physical and emotional aspects are interrelated. In Homeopathy, it is not believed to take different parts of body with their diseases differently. There are no diseased parts but a diseased body. We never say “My stomach has got pain in it”. Rather we always say “I have got pain in my stomach.”
Conventional medicine breaks down whole body in different parts for its convenience and then for each symptom of each suffering part, a drug is given to suppress it. This anyway affects the other parts of body and causes side effects. To counter the side effects, a new set of drugs is given and the diseased body, having a low immunity and trying to fight itself from the disease, is bombarded with heavy drugs, sometimes even steroids.
For instance, a person suffering from IBS (Gastroenterology), Migraine(Neurology), Renal Stones(Urology) having some skin allergy(Dermatology) will have to go to four different physicians to get rid of his problems. All four physicians will have their own set of medicines with their complimentary side effects.
Homeopathy, on the other hand, treats the entire body including mental, physical and emotional aspects of the body. Here, all the symptoms – IBS, Migraine, Renal Calculi and Skin rashes (from above example), are noted down. Not only the symptoms, but the entire family history, past history, attitude, intellect, nature, habit and other issues are noted. The Homeopathic medicine, covering all these symptoms is then carefully selected by the knowledge of the physician and given to the patient. This selection and application of the medicine (Homeopathic Remedy) is an art. While preparing a remedy, it is potentised and diluted at every step. Thus, all the toxicity of the drug substance from which it was made gets removed and the remedy is prepared having only the stimulatory forces to direct the body to cure itself entirely.
Homeopathic approach of Health – When a person suffers from a disease, the body and its immunity immediately start the first response to try and cure the cause of the disease. A disease results in appearance of related symptoms. This way, the body tries to speak about the disease. The body’s healing response never tries to remove the symptoms but tires to remove the cause. Rather symptoms are the result of protective measures taken by the body to try and heal itself. Cough being a way to throw out any irritant, Diarrhea being a method of body to flush out the alimentary canal from the organism infected, discharges being a way to throw out dead bacteria, viruses and pus cells, inflammation being a process to kill the infection and heal the body. This is the body’s natural way to fight the disease. After all, the body itself knows the best how to cure itself. For example, during gastroenteritis, the body responds by increasing the WBC count and flushes out the alimentary canal causing diarrhea. So the body tries to treat the root cause and not the symptoms. Though, the body is often not able to do this self repair work for which comes the Homeopathic medicines to boost up the body to accelerate and pick up the incomplete healing process.
Homeopathic medicine follows the same path which the body chooses, that is the treatment of the cause and not the symptoms. Though, the Homeopathic medicine is selected on the basis of symptoms only. But the medicine stimulates the body and strengthens its self curative powers. This way, the healing is always natural and permanent. This also builds up the body for future disease situations. Just like the body’s way, Homeopathy never suppresses the symptoms and lets the body to heal itself. Just like during gastroenteritis, Homeopathic medicine will never suppress the diarrhea but hasten up the body to attain cure faster.
On the other hand, conventional medicine will always target the symptoms. This will always suppress the symptoms and the root cause will remain untouched. This is the only reason the symptoms reappear when the effect of the medicine gets over as the root cause is untouched in chronic cases as well as in some acute cases. Sometimes, such suppressions of acute cases can even lead to a chronic problem. Unless a life threatening emergency, the body should be boosted and allowed to cure itself.
Just the removal of symptoms by conventional drugs cannot be called a cure. Bombarding the diseased body, suppressing the symptoms the body wants to exhibit unless fatal, is not necessary. Suppression of symptoms also prolongs the cure and delays it. Moreover, these conventional drugs not only suppress the required symptom but also show effect on different body parts which are the so called ‘side effects’.
Thus the symptoms of a body in disease are important to notice rather than their suppression. As suppressing the symptoms is like coming in way of body from its natural process of healing and thereby prolonging the problem. This is why there has been a rise in the occurrence of more and more chronic diseases, general infections and psychological problems as compared to the earlier times when even the medicine was not so advanced.