What is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a system of medicine, which was founded by the
German physician Dr. Hahnemann in 1790. Dr. Hahnemann was a very
famous physician of the then dominant school of medicine. He was
a successful practitioner, but deep within he was very troubled
by the limited amount of useful medical knowledge of his times.
He realized that, very ironically, the 'medical science' is not
based on any fundamental scientific laws. And the theories on
which, the medicine of his time was based were vague and hypothetical.
And the treatment often caused more harm than good. So he left
his medical practice and started translation work instead.
While translating Cullen's Materia Medica, he decided to probe
into the action of Cinchona bark, which was known to have curative
power in malarial fevers. To do this, he took some extract of
Cinchona bark himself. To his utter surprise, he soon developed
symptoms similar to those of malaria. It occurred to him that
Cinchona bark can cure malaria because it has the power to produce
similar state in a healthy human being. To test this idea further,
he did similar experiments with various substances on himself
and others. And he found all his experiments confirming to his
idea. And so he concluded that this is a general law and called
it 'Similia Similibus Curaentur' , i.e.; 'Like
Cures Like' - the fundamental principle
on which Homoeopathy is based.
This law has been confirmed
by thousands of people since then and has been found to be rock-solid.
Dr. Hahnemann then further developed this idea, proved hundred's
of new medicines, developed methods of preparation and administration
of medicines and also gave many guidelines regarding health and
disease. Thus giving birth to a complete and new system of medicine.
This was a strong foundation and lot of work has gone into further
development of Homoeopathy in the past 200 years. The work and
growth of Homoeopathy is still going on and at a very rapid pace.
And as the physical basis of this science is becoming clear, it's
acceptance is growing in all ranks of society. It won't be wrong
to say - 'The Future Belongs to
What ailment can be treated by Homoeopathy?
Almost all ailments are amenable to Homoeopathytreatment. But
Homoeopathy is best known for its ability to treat chronic ailments.
The reason for this is that Homoeopathy is the only system of
medicine which offers curative treatment (not palliative) in many
chronic ailments which have been declared 'incurable' by other
schools of medicine. Be it skin disease, chronic gastric and intestinal
disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine, asthma, allergic
disorders, menstrual complaints, other hormonal disorders, arthritis,
psychological disorders etc etc. All these and many more chronic
ailments have been affected curatively by Homoeopathy. The only
major limiting factors are 1. Gross structural and pathological
changes. 2. Very low vitality of the patient. 3. Unavoidable presence
of certain causative or maintaining factors.
Then Homoeopathy is also known to make
surgery unnecessary on many occasions. Many a tonsils, adenoids,
appendices etc have been saved with Homoeopathy. Benign tumors
and renal stones also respond well to Homoeopathytreatment.
Even in cases where curative treatment
is not possible in all cases, like advanced cases of arthritis,
malignancies etc management and palliation with Homoeopathymedicines
is very effective and improves the quality of life of such patients
without making them suffer with the side-effects of the modern
wonder-drugs ( ! ).
Homoeopathy is also very-very effective
in acute ailments. And the action of a rightly selected medicine
is usually faster then any other medicines. Not only this, under
proper Homoeopathytreatment the tendency to frequent recurrence
of acutes and their tendency to become chronic is aborted.
One last thing! In Homoeopathy
it is said that Homoeopathy never fails, it's the Homeopath that
fails. And although Homoeopathy has it's limitations, most 'curable'
cases that do not respond to Homoeopathy are due to improper selection
of medicine or potency and case management.
can Homoeopathy treat? First aid: accidents
and injuries of any shape and size. Once you have seen Arnica
work like magic to heal a bruised muscle or a sprain, you will
be convinced of its power! If you have a serious injury then you
may need orthodox medical treatment, for instance to set a broken
bone. And ... Homoeopathy to speed the healing of that bone and
alleviate the pain at the same time. Acute illness: infections
anywhere in the body, from colds and flus, to middle ear, urinary
tract and respiratory infections. Chronic illness: from arthritis
and migraines to varicose veins and depression.
do homoeopaths treat the whole person? Homeopaths have a great respect for
the physical, emotional, and mental levels of the body, and their
interconnectedness. We treat the whole person thereby affecting
these three levels, rather than separating them and treating the
symptoms separately. For example, the
emotional stress of childbirth has a big impact on women and some
can suffer with postpartum depression. This depression may lead
to further physical problems. A homeopath will look at the complete
picture, and take into account the cause of the depression, how
that woman is feeling emotionally and any physical symptoms she
may be experiencing at the same time. We call this constitutional
Homoeopathy medicines safe? Yes, Homoeopathymedicines are prepared in a
special way that makes them safe even for small babies and pregnant
women. If the wrong medicine is taken, it simply has no affect.
You must use basic common sense, however, and consult with your
primary care provider if your child is sick or if you are pregnant
to make sure your complaint is minor.
quickly will a Homoeopathy remedy work? Quite
quickly ... if it is the right remedy! Improvement can be seen immediately or it may
take up to 24 hours, but you should see some improvement within
that time with the correctly chosen remedy. A good Homoeopathyfirst
aid book will cover the basic guidelines you should follow, as
well as precautions to take, when treating yourself for acute
happens during a Homoeopathy consultation? The initial Homoeopathyconsultation typically
takes between 1 to 2 hours. There is a lot of talking on your
part and a lot of listening on the part of your homeopath! You
will be asked questions about your main complaint, as well as
many other physical, mental, or emotional problems. Your homeopath
will take a full medical history that takes into account your
physical milestones and traumas as well as significant emotional
stresses. Patients often say they have never been asked so much
about themselves at one sitting, and they have a different sense
of themselves ... more as a whole person than ever before, because
of this wide range of questioning. This in itself can be very
there side-effects from the use of Homoeopathy remedies?
No and yes... Homoeopathymedicines are non-toxic, but, in stimulating
your body to heal itself there can be a temporary worsening of
your symptoms initially followed by improvement. This usually
only occurs when treating chronic illnesses rather than acute
or first aid situations. This is one reason it is important to
seek out a qualified homeopath when treating chronic complaints
who can monitor your progress carefully and reassure you at each
stage. These aggravations as they are called are often accompanied
by a general sense of well-being and are a positive sign that
the treatment is correct.