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July 1, 2011 at 12:37 PMComments: 0 Faves: 1

About Homeopathy (Part 1)

By Erin Froehlich More Blogs by This Author

A testament to medical advancement, homeopathic modality was recently cited by the World Health Organization as:

“…the second leading system of medicine for primary health care in the world.”

These days, homeopathics are available most everywhere conventional medicine is sold and the majority of people have at least heard of homeopathy. Still, even those who use homeopathic remedies may know little more than the fact that the ingredients are natural.

The fact is, “natural ingredients” only scratch the surface of what makes homeopathics so appealing. There is more to homeopathy than its ingredients.  Homeopaths have their own unique views on illness, symptoms and the best approach to healing. Furthermore, homeopaths follow their own laws and principles based on these views as they produce and administer their remedies. 

Revolutionary yet simple, two laws guide homeopaths in everything they do:

The Law of Similars

Give the sufferer a remedy which will simulate symptom patterns similar to those they are experiencing.

Just over 200 years ago German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, on a search for new medicines found the bark of the South American cinchona tree, decided to test it himself, and though he did not realize it at the time, discovered what would be the foundation for a new, safe, and effective treatment alternative – homeopathy. The bark created symptoms patterns identical to malaria and the idea that “like cures like” was born. Today, the quinine produced from this bark is still used to treat malaria and the studies of Hahnemann, inspired by this discovery, are the foundation of homeopathy. 

Since its discovery in the 1790’s, Hahnemann’s “Law of Similars” has been proven over and over again.  In fact, “The Law of Similars” was adopted for use within allopathic or “conventional” medicine, as well. The vaccines allopathic doctors use to prevent illness are actually formulated with a small amount of the illness they are meant to protect against!

Vaccines are a treatment approach that is often compared with homeopathy. However, because a homeopath’s first concern is to ensure their medicine is completely safe; they do not use viral ingredients which may cause unintended side effects. Rather, they rely on their comprehensive knowledge of medicinal plants and natural substances to mimic disease symptoms in the same way a vaccine would. Thus, “The Law of Similars” allows homeopathics to relieve and prevent symptoms while they spur the body’s natural protective, healing abilities – providing users with the same benefits of a vaccine - but safely and without risk of negative side-effects.

 

The Law of Microdosing

Quantitative dilutions of active ingredients should be used to eliminate the possibility of any negative side effects they may have while “succussions”, or systematic force striking, are applied to retain and even increase its potent properties.

Another key component of homeopathy is Hahnemann’s “Law of Microdosing”.  In Hahnemann’s time, many people would die not from the disease itself, but from the medicine meant to cure it! Today, concerns about conventional medicines and the risks that come with them make this issue as relevant now as it was then. “The Law of Microdosing” allows homeopaths to remove the risk of adverse side effects while retaining the therapeutic properties of the natural ingredient being used. Truer to the Hippocratic Oath than most medicine can boast, “The Law of Microdosing” allows homeopaths to support patient health while their medicine “Does no harm.”

These two simple laws are the real power of homeopathy, the reason why though homeopathic medicine may begin the same as allopathic or “conventional” medicine, homeopathics provide a different sort of relief; relief that happens as the body’s natural healing process is spurred into action and relief that comes without negative side-effects.

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