Why Homeopathy?

What is homeopathy, How Does It Work?

Homeopathy is a system of medical therapeutics based upon a fundamental law of nature known as The Law of Similars, a law that is unchangeable and constant, such as the law of gravity. This law enunciates that those symptoms that a substance can cause when administered to a healthy person, are the very symptoms, which that substance can cure when administered to a sick person. This law was coined by Hahnemann and accurately expressed in Latin “Similia Similibus Curentur" which translation means ‘let like be cured by like’.
The correct application of the law enables the physician with the ability to bring about a cure in curable conditions and to bring relief to those cases that are beyond cure. Hence, homeopathy is a system of therapeutics, which is not suppressive or palliative, nor it is a replacement therapy.
Homeopathy acts by restoring the patient’s constitution to a state of on-going vigour, health and balance, experienced both mentally and physically. It achieves this by utilising, stimulating and enhancing the body’s own curative, defensive and recuperative powers. The remedy that fulfils this criterion is the one that best matches or mirrors the patient’s mental, emotional and physical condition, best known as the homeopathic ‘simillimum’ – the remedy most ‘like’.
The word itself Homeopathy derives from two Greek words, homoios, meaning like or similar and pathos, meaning disease or suffering, joined together in one word – homeopathy – thus indicating ‘like suffering’ which applies and summarises the fundamental law on which homeopathy is based.
In modern times, disregard for the healing law of similar leaves orthodox medicine therapeutically helpless in face of widespread viral epidemics such as the December 2012 outbreaks of monovirus infection with severe vomiting. This severe viral gastroenteritis is characterized by marked nausea, projectile vomiting, watery diarrhoea and strong abdominal cramps, with associated prostration, weakness, muscle pains, headaches and low-grade fever. This  condition is highly contagious, infects thousands and has led to schools and hospital wards to be closed. All modern medicine can offer for such cases is symptomatic palliation and in severe cases, rehydration.
The symptom picture of this particular gastroenteritis, is identical to that caused by crude arsenic poisoning, pointing to Arsenicum album (Ars alb) as the homeopathic remedy of choice for this incapacitating condition. This specific remedy is a well known remedy for gastroenteritis in homeopathic households and a remedy never missing from any homeopathic self-aid medicine kit.
When correctly chosen homeopathic remedies act promptly, both clinically and prophylactically, bringing about a gentle, speedy and permanent cure as well as halting contagiousness (prophylactically).

Is Homeopathy Safe?

Remedies are "proved" on healthy people. Typically a group of 50 to 100 volunteers receive a mild dose of the remedy daily, for 6 weeks and all their reactions are recorded, whether physical, mental or emotional. Clinical experience revealed that the remedy can then be used effectively curing the same symptoms in-patient. This is the only scientific way of knowing the action of a remedy (rather than the conventional methods of testing medicines either on sick people whose energy is already depleted, or on animals that can not report, and are different from humans in many ways, including on their reactions to medications).

Curative and Safe

When correctly applied, homeopathic treatment can assist the body in restoring its health so completely that over time, medical treatment for most “conditions" can be discontinued. It is not uncommon for patients to recover from serious disorders such as high blood pressure, allergies, depression, asthma, diabetes, rheumatism, and many other chronic disorders as a result of individualized homeopathic treatment. Moreover, homeopathy can help the body overcome lesser ailments like sore throats, coughs, flu, acute respiratory and other infections, menstrual problems, ingrown toenails, headaches, insomnia and more. In fact, homeopathy can provide help towards any condition or ailment!

Highly diluted remedies that act gently and safely. Rather than inhibiting natural functions (i.e. using “anti-inflammatories" to suppress inflammation) homeopathy works by enhancing the whole body’s innate healing powers to restore one back to health. Homeopathic remedies stimulate curative responses in the body that can be measured by scientific means and tests whilst not known to produce any side effects.

History of Homeopathy

Long before Hippocrates, (460 – 350 BC), the idea of the importance of similarity between remedy and disease was inherent in the medical folklore of many cultures throughout the world. Hippocrates stated, “The symptoms of the disease are the expression of Nature’s healing powers“. 
The philosopher Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) and Galen allude the curative principle of similar too. Galen (130 – 200 A.D.) an immensely egotistical, irascible man, was the physician to four successive emperors and was appointed physician to the Roman gladiators, in which role he honed his surgical skills and expanded his vast knowledge of anatomy. He held various medical sects of his time in deepest contempt and unsparingly employed his pen in scathing, derogatory attacks against the methodists, dogmatists and empirics then flourishing in Rome. He was the forerunner of two similarly abrasive, iconoclastic figures, Paracelsus and Samuel Hahnemann. Despite the enmity of the medical fraternity, it was Galen’s teachings that survived the barren dark Ages following the fall of Rome, and, together with those of Hippocrates became the orthodox creed of the Middle Ages, strictly laid down by universities.
Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) born in Switzerland stands in the transition between the medieval and the modern; a man, who intensely embodied the heritage of the past, the innovation of the present and the enlightenment of the future. He proclaimed the absolute authority of method and experience and recognised the divine authority of a supreme being. He held various medical posts throughout his life, including the hazardous position of military surgeon in Italy. He was particularly interested in diseases that afflict the mind and his approach revolutionary, he argued that epilepsy and mania were caused by disturbances of the “vapours in the Spiritus Vitae“. Here he anticipates Hahnemann’s postulate that it is the Vital Force, Spirit-like force alone that brings about disease; with only the terminology differing. He maintained that spiritual diseases need a spiritual cure, that what is intangible and unseen in disease, should be treated by that which is intangible and unseen in medicine. His medical insight penetrated the very depths of the human nature and he perceived a truth, which to this day remains unknown to most practioners of medicine, the essential cause of disease stems from the soul, therefore it is the soul that requires healing. He emphasised that soul healing and physical healing must take place in parallel and that Spiritual counselling should always accompany the prescribing of medicines.
 
Two hundred and fifty years later the German doctor named Samuel Hahnemann (1775-1843) pronounced that disease being dynamic requires treatment in dynamic form. He developed a scientific method of medicine, as an alternative to the then pre-scientific conventional medicine of the day such as bloodletting, purging, emetics and other practices. He was disillusioned with the often-harsh treatments that were being used at the time and was looking for a more natural and gentle way to treat illnesses.

German doctor named Samuel Hahnemann

Nevertheless, worth noting, although it was Hahnemann who found a system of medicine capable of addressing disease at the causative or soul level through the use of highly dynamised, sub-molecular remedies, long before, Paracelsus had perceived that to act curatively remedies had to be in an unquantifiable and imponderable form.
Hahnemann was a Renaissance medical genius, gifted in many fields: fluent in 7 languages, pharmacy, psychiatry, public health, sanitation as well as medicine. As far as we know, he is the only person in history to have envisioned an entire system of medicine and fully developed it into a powerful tool, within the span of a single lifetime. He was a true visionary whose understanding of the energetic basis of health and healing anticipated by a century the paradigm of matter as energy in modern physics. Allopathic medicine has barely begun to incorporate an understanding of the mind-body connection, which Hahnemann delineated two centuries ago.
Considered a rebel in his approach to medicine, he caused much controversy in promoting homeopathy, which was never accepted by the wider medical community.
He exhorts us to seek in nature for the remedies that can cure disease and not to imagine that we can compound these in the laboratory.
The concept is that natural substances that cause symptoms in healthy people, such as raw onions causing sore, tearful eyes, can be used in extreme dilution to treat illnesses, which have the same symptoms. In this example, extract of raw onion could be used as an ingredient (extremely diluted) in a remedy to treat colds, flu, or other illnesses that produce the same symptoms. Hence, a homeopathic remedy creates a similar (not the same) “artificial disease" picture, which helps the body to organize its defenses. As the body’s vital energy pushes back like a rebound effect against the “shadow disease" created by the remedy, it also pushes the actual disease from the inside to the outside.
A homeopathic remedy is thus an almost infinitesimally small dose of a medication, which – if given in a substantially stronger dose to a healthy individual – would provoke similar symptoms to those presented by the patient.

Scientific evidence and Homeopathy

Although there is still much controversy around homeopathy, there is a vast amount of research and outcome studies available proving the validity of Homeopathy. Some of it is available bellow.

As a scientist with experience and publications in reputable International Scientific Journals, I believe I am qualified enough to testify, that homeopathy is indeed a scientific system of medical therapeutics. Nevertheless, please fill free to do your own research and learn what is best for you and your family.

More Resources below:

http://extraordinarymedicine.org/extraordinary-evidence-homeopathy-s-best-research/

https://www.integrativepractitioner.com/whats-new/news-and-commentary/harvard-study-has-good-news-for-homeopathic-medicine/

https://facultyofhomeopathy.org/homeopathy-the-evidence/

http://safe-medicine.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/science-supporting-homeopathy_25.html

https://www.britishhomeopathic.org/evidence/the-evidence-for-homeopathy/

http://www.wholehealthnow.com/documents/Homeopathic_Research.pdf

http://www.wholehealthnow.com/homeopathy_pro/research_1.html

http://www.wholehealthnow.com/video/dullman-2.html

http://www.wholehealthnow.com/video/asaine-5.html

 

Homeopathy versus Conventional Medicine

A pivotal distinction from conventional medicine is that homeopathy addresses the individual as a whole and not only the diagnosed disease. It stimulates the body’s own healing system (immune system) through remedies that carry energy imprints of natural substances and unlike conventional medicine (chemical drugs), it does not entail side effects, drug addiction, drug resistance or drug interaction.

At the present, many of the conventional drugs are failing. Bacteria have become more resistant, new viruses are still on the increase, diseases are occurring in spite of vaccinations, and the long-term side-effects of conventional drugs are being realized.

Conventional medicine is in a financial crisis, with hospitals going bankrupt and with millions of people lacking adequate health insurance; homeopathy can offer health care that is effective, free of side effects and extremely economical.

Thus, interest in homeopathy has seen an increase in recent years.  It is estimated that well over a million of patients worldwide are currently benefiting from homeopathic treatment. Moreover, there has to be a good reason for eleven U.S. Presidents, seven popes, other leading physicians and scientists who used and/or advocated for homeopathy, including Sir William Osler (the “father of modern medicine"), Emil Adolph von Behring (the “father of immunology"), August Bier, MD (the “father of spinal anesthesia"), Harold Griffith, MD (founding president of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists), Charles Frederick Menninger, MD (founder of the Menninger Clinic), and C. Everett Koop, MD (former Surgeon General of the United States), are amongst many who made use or openly supported homeopathy.

Having said that, I want to make clear that I am not opposed to conventional medicine. When used appropriately, it has so much to offer. Each has their seat and benefit to offer, according to the given condition. I think it is ideal to use the best of both worlds. Complementary medicine can be used alongside conventional medicine.