Homoeopathy is a system of medicine founded by physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
(1755-1843) of Germany.
Homoeopathy is gaining popularity worldwide because its one of the natural
health care systems. In homoeopathy the person with illness is treated as a
whole and not the sum of his symptoms. Since the remedies are already proved
on healthy human being its known to cure the exact state when presented in disease
states. The cure is gentle, rapid and permanent using minimum doses of the potentized
remedies. Homoeopathy heals all levels the physical, mental, emotional and the
spiritual as well.
Dr.Hahnemann found the basic principles of homoeopathy when one day he ingested
the bark of South American tree, (cinchona) which was being used to treat malaria-induced
fever. Dr.Hahnemann discovered that it caused symptoms similar to malaria.
This experiment gave way to one of the basic principles in homoeopathy, Similia
similibus curentur, the Latin phrase meaning "let likes be cured by likes.
A homeopath searches for a substance that produces in a healthy person those
same symptoms a patient experiences.
"Like cures like ": This means that a medicine capable of producing
certain effects when taken by a healthy human being is capable of curing disease
with similar effects.
Drug proving: The practice of Homoeopathy is based on certain fundamental
principles. Firstly, the remedies that are used are tested on human volunteers
to elicit the symptoms they can produce. The symptoms of each remedy experienced
by the provers are recorded in exact detail and they form the Homoeopathic materia
medica. The symptoms of the patient are matched with the symptoms of the various
remedies in the materia medica to find out the single remedy whose symptoms
are most similar to those of the patient (like cures like).
Potentisation: A step by step dilution and jerking of the drug makes
it extremely powerful and at the same time renders it harmless. This is in direct
contrast to the toxic drugs of modern medicine, and their "side effects".
Treating the whole: Another fundamental principle of Homoeopathy is
that it treats the patient as a whole and as an individual. There is no medicine
for any particular disease, but there is a medicine for the patient suffering
from the disease.
Homoeopathic remedies: The homoeopathic remedies are prepared by a process
called potentization. It consists of repeatedly diluting and succussing (shaking
vigorously) the main medicine in an inert medium like alcohol. This process
is found to increase the effect of the substance, i.e. the more diluted a medicine
is the more potent it is. The process is believed to release the vital energy
within the molecules of the substance as well the medium.
Sources of medicines: Plant kingdom, Animal kingdom, Mineral kingdom,
healthy and unhealthy tissues, (sarcodes and nosodes), imponderables (sun, moon,
magnets, radioactive rays and many more)
A minimal dose of these energized substances is sufficient enough to bring about
cure which is in a gentle, rapid and permanent way.