The principles of homeopathy were developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a German medical doctor in the late 18th century (1796). He became dissatisfied with the toxic effects of certain drugs and disillusioned with ineffective and often barbaric treatments of the day. He resolved in finding a safer way of curing patients, and thus became the founder of homeopathy.
Presently, Homeopathy is known to be a safe and effective method of healing used by millions of people worldwide. Homeopaths treat people with remedies to gently stimulate the body’s own natural healing powers and defense mechanisms.
Homeopaths seek to understand each client, holistically in order to perceive the expression of their ailment on the mental, emotional and physical levels. Everyone experiences and expresses their disease in a very individual and unique manner and that is why we treat the person as a whole and not the disease. . The expressions of our disease through symptoms, physical, mental and emotional tell us what the body needs to restore itself to health. Due to the individuality of each person’s particular ailment, the selected remedy will be unique for that person. There is not a particular homeopathic remedy for one problem. The remedy is chosen for each client’s individuality.
There are four foundational principals of Homeopathy:
- Law of Similiars
- Totality of Symptoms
- Single Remedy
- Minimum Dose
Law of Similars
The Law of Similars can be easily understood. The Greek roots to the name homeopathy are homoios meaning ‘similar’ and pathos meaning ‘suffering’. Natural substances that produce similar symptoms in a healthy person can be used to heal those same symptoms in an ill person. In other words, what a substance can cause, it can cure or like cures like.
For example; when we slice an onion the eyes begin to burn, the tears come, our nose runs and there may be a burning sensation in the throat. Some respiratory allergies, including hay fever, express with symptoms such as itchy watery eyes, burning sensation and a clear runny nose similar to what one may experience when of slicing an onion. In this example the Homeopathically prepared remedy, Allium cepa, made from the red onion can provide relief.
Totality of Symptoms
The totality of characteristic symptoms is a beautifully broad idea yet is not meant to be a haphazard mixture of all symptoms; it is more of an individualizing characteristic set of the symptom complex so that it can point to the remedy with a similar symptom picture.
A single remedy carefully chosen by the classically trained Homeopath for the unique expression of the individual, stimulates the body to begin healing. The remedy selection is given in very minute doses. The minute dose means the remedy produces the least possible excitation of the vital energy and yet sufficient to effect the necessary change. The quantity is minimum, yet strength is appropriate for a gentle curative effect.
The minimum dose is possible due to the discovery of the potentization process of substances to make remedies. Remedies are prepared by homeopathic pharmacies from plants, mineral or animal substances found in nature. The original substances are diluted in liquid repeatedly and succussed (vigorously shaken) in a standardized method called potentization which is the hallmark of all homeopathic remedies. Through the process of potentization we are able to dispense remedies in different strengths called potencies. Because the remedies are potentized and devoid of chemical toxicity, they are extremely safe, yet when homeopathically indicated, potentized remedies retain their ability to heal people of all ages.
Finally, the principles are applied in a number of ways that can be tailored to suit a wide variety of conditions to heal and relieve suffering. The ways of adapting and applying the principles have progressed and changed to some extent as the techniques of remedy selection have developed, yet homeopathy is essentially the same today that it was two hundred years ago. The cement or foundation of homeopathy remains true and is preserved, passed on and perpetuated by trained homeopaths and those they serve to stimulate healing of body and mind gently, naturally and effectively.
I use nothing but homeopathic remedies, for my girls as well.
McCalls , April, 1993.