Dr. Samuel Hahnemann founded homeopathy over 200 years ago. Hahnemann was one of the most brilliant physicians of his day and had the wisdom and courage to develop a revolutionary new system of medicine. He has left a legacy through his writings and work that has helped to transform the face of modern medicine and has brought great health to millions of people around the world.
Today homeopathy is the second most common form of alternative medicine in the world and is the fastest growing. Homeopathy is practiced in every country around the world and is particularly popular in Europe, India, South Africa and South America.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that is holistic, scientifically based, safe to use, inexpensive and can cure chronic disease. It is a system of medicine that is unique and different from other therapies like naturopathic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutritional medicine and mind-body medicine.
Homeopathic medicines are often turned to when other systems of medicine fail to work effectively. Homeopathy works on completely different principles from that of conventional medicine. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the body’s own healing potential by stimulating the immune system and counteracting genetic predisposition. In contrast, conventional medical treatment is focused on diagnostic laboratory results and the discovery of the corresponding anti-biotic, anti-inflammatory, or anti-viral. Homeopathic medicines are safe and natural and have none of the life threatening toxic side effects of conventional medicines. Homeopathic remedies are very effective, and are regulated by the FDA and prepared according to the homeopathic pharmacopeia of the United States.
Principles of Homeopathic Medicine Homeopathy is based on six fundamental principles. These principles help to make homeopathy a distinct system of health care and guide the practice of homeopathic medicine. The Curative Power of Life: The physician’s highest calling is to cure. Homeopaths have found the key to achieve this by unlocking the healing power of substances from the natural world. All of life has the capacity to heal.
The Law of Similar’s: Homeopathic medicine matches the medicine to the patient. Patients bring a unique and integrated symptom picture that completely represents their disease state. Each medicine has a unique and integrated symptom picture. When the medicine’s picture is as similar as possible to that of the patient, the medicine acts curatively. This is the Law of Similar’s which is nature’s law of cure.
Energy Medicine: All of life is energy. The deepest level of expression of any organism is its vital force. The purpose of homeopathy is to restore the patient’s balance and harmony. In disease, what needs to be cured is the mistuning of the vital force. Homeopathic medicines directly affects the vital force. They stimulate the self-healing power of the individual.
Removing Obstacles to Cure: Healing can be impeded by obstacles such as drugs, diet, stress, and other emotional or physical factors in the environment of the patient. For this reason, the role of homeopaths include the task of helping patients identify and remove these obstacles. It is also important that while doing so, practitioners act in a non-judgmental and compassionate way.
Less is More: The quantity of action necessary to effect any change in nature is the least possible. The body heals itself with maximum economy. Homeopaths use the minimum dose necessary to effect cure. Treating the Whole Person: Each person is a unique, complete and integrated whole. Effective treatment considers all levels of being (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual). In doing so, it honors what is unique and characteristic about each person.
While founded by Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago, the principles on which it is based have been utilized in healing for thousands of years. Homeopathic remedies work through activating the body’s own powers of self-regulation and self-healing. Since its inception, homeopathy has benefited people from all walks of life and of any age, in countries all over the world.
An important principle in homeopathy is that each of us is unique. The same diet, the same advice and the same homeopathic remedy will not necessarily help everyone with the same disease. Homeopathy treats the individual and not the disease. Through striving to find the unique remedy that fits the individual, the door is unlocked to the client’s self healing. Homeopathy is not only effective in treating chronic disease, but also highly effective in treating acute disease and is used in first aid. There are more than three thousand homeopathic remedies from which to choose. These remedies are made from herbs, plants, minerals, metals and animal products that are prepared in such a way to bring out the healing power of the substance. They are quite safe, gentle and do not produce side effects. They are also quite inexpensive compared to the cost of standard medical treatment.