What is homeopathy?
Homeopathic is a word very often misunderstood! People often use it as synonym for the word holistic or natural. While Homeopathy is both, it is actually the second most popular system of medicine used in the world today.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine (460-377 BC) recognized that there were two distinct approaches to healing. The first approach known as the law of opposites is the method used in conventional medicine i.e. antiseptic, antibiotics, anti-seizure etc… The second approach is the law of similars or ‘like cures like’.
This tenet is the very foundation of homeopathic medicine. A substance in nature that creates symptoms when taken in nano doses (prepared homeopathically) will bring back balance. For example, we know that ingesting too much coffee may cause insomnia and agitation; therefore, according to this principle when prepared homeopathically, coffee can be used to treat people suffering from insomnia and agitation!
We sometimes see this concept being used in today’s conventional medicine. For example, the stimulant Ritalin is used for patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As well, small doses of pollen are sometimes used to desensitize patients’ allergic reactions to that very substance. The difference with Homeopathy is that the medicinal doses, known as remedies, are so small that toxic side effects are nonexistent.
The holistic individualized system of medicine by which we know Homeopathy today was founded by German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago. Hahnemann desperately sought to reduce the harmful side effects associated with medical practices in his day which included the frequent use of noxious substances. He began experimenting on himself and a population of consenting healthy volunteers giving smaller medicinal doses, discovering that as well as eliminating toxicity, the medicines became more curative as the dosages were lowered or diluted.
Hahnemann’s tenacious, meticulous methodology has been practiced, researched with volunteers (Provers) and clinically applied now to include over 8,000 available remedies. These diluted nano-particles of substance from the plant, mineral or animal kingdoms are prescribed to evoke a person’s own healing mechanisms in addition to stimulating their immune system. Healing is possible!
When the correct homeopathic prescription is selected, it can support a person in becoming the healthiest, balanced, most joyful version of themselves, regardless of their age or their current state of physical, emotional, or mental health. Homeopathic medicine can be used to treat ANY acute or chronic condition because it treats the whole person, not just the ailment.
This beautiful holistic system of medicine has an extraordinarily rich history of healing and saving lives, most notably during worldwide pandemics and on the battlefield. Today, one person at a time, Homeopathy continues to change the lives of everyone it touches.