Homeopathy ~ healing using the principle of curative allergy
Homeopathy was developed by the great German chemist and doctor, Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843)
Although the system of homeopathy he refined and developed is over 200 years old, the healing principle upon which it is based is universal and goes back thousands of years to the time of Hippocrates - the founder of modern medicine.
Likes cures like
Homeopathy may be summed up as, ‘Treat like with like.’
In other words, instead of ‘attacking’ or ‘fighting’ disease, homeopathy focuses on building health and strengthening the immune system with individualised, carefully selected remedies which assist the person to heal themselves. Homeopathy does not treat 'diseases' - it treats the whole person, mind & body.
The Homeopathic Prescription
Remedies are prescribed, not on the basis of a single symptom, but on a much larger picture, which includes the person’s constitution, past medical and life history, mental and emotional state, life-style and much more. Disease is not a single isolated event but is an expression of disharmony in the whole person. This disharmony expresses itself through various psychological and physical discomfort which we call symptoms.
In order to make a successful prescription a homeopath needs to spend time with the patient. A homeopath needs to know as much as possible about the patient and their medical and life history.
In fact the initial consultation can take up to two hours. Homeopathy does not treat diseases as such – rather it treats the whole person. This explains, for example, why six people diagnosed as having ‘arthritis’ may each receive a different homeopathic remedy.
Unfortunately, trials investigating the effectiveness of homeopathy by using only one remedy, such as Rhus Tox, do not reflect the true healing potential of homeopathy as each patient is unique.
A deep understanding of the relationship between symptoms and the person’s life expression is essential in order to make an effective prescription.
Individualised treatment is the essence of homeopathy
The minimal or smallest dose
‘If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.’ Michelle Walker, artist
‘The atom is very small – but split it and see what power is released.’
'With the ability to smell the equivalent of one drop of blood in two Olympic-sized swimming pools of water, dogs like Daisy could be our most powerful weapon yet in the fight against cancer.' (Newspaper article 7th August 2016)
Many people will accept that the principle of treating like with like can be an effective method of healing. In fact some substances that are used by homeopaths are also used in modern medicine; such as gold in the treatment of arthritis or the herb Ipecacuanha in cough medicine. The real stumbling block to a larger acceptance of homeopathy is the disbelief that such small doses can be effective.
However, experience repeatedly shows us that a single dose of the remedy Chamomilla can quickly relieve a child with symptoms of painful teething and Arnica is well known for it's effectiveness in the effects of physical trauma and bruising.
'Everything is energy, and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy, this is physics.'
~ Albert Einstein
How can such small doses possibly work?
How can the small doses used in homeopathy be effective?
The answer to this question is all to do with sensitivity (or susceptibility) to the remedy and may be compared to the phenomena of ‘allergy’.
When someone is allergic to something, such as house dust, shellfish, wheat, milk, nuts etc, it only requires a very small amount of the allergen in order to provoke an exaggerated and violent response, sometimes even death, as in the case of nut allergy. Animal hair producing an asthma attack is another example.
The response is out of proportion to the quantity of the substance and is due to the fact that this particular individual is extremely sensitive to this substance.
In a similar way, we are all extremely sensitive to our individual healing agent (indicated homoeopathic remedy).
That is why we only require the smallest dose to generate a healing response. The remedy stimulates self healing.
Under the action of the correct homeopathic remedy we heal ourselves.
Remedies are prepared using a unique process of progressive dilution and physical agitation. This is called ‘Potentisation’.
This is not simply the dilution of a substance.
Homoeopathic remedies, properly prepared and prescribed, are safe and can be given to pregnant women, babies, children & animals.
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