is a form of medicine in which illness and
disease are treated with dynamic remedies that
are derived from a substance that would cause a
similar illness in a healthy person who took
principle that "Like Cures Like" is one that is
found in ancient medical textbooks and is also
found in modern medicine, but it was formulated
into a complete system of medicine 200 years ago
by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann.
Homœopathy proved its efficacy during the many
epidemics, particularly of cholera, that swept
across Europe and America during the Nineteenth
Century. It has been developed and improved by
many outstanding thinkers and physicians but has
still remained true to its original principles
and philosophy. It is now practised in most
parts of the world and in some places,
especially India, it is a major medical
properties of a remedy are discovered by healthy
volunteers taking a dose of the remedy and
carefully recording the effect that it has upon
them. This process is called a proving and over
the years many hundreds of remedies have been
proved and are available to the homœopath.
remedies used in homœopathy are diluted and
purified in a special process that means there
is often none of the original substance in the
remedy. Although the mechanism of how they work
has not yet been completely described; there
have been a number of careful experiments that
consistently show that the remedies have a
principle of the Minimum Dose applies not only
to this purification of the remedy but also to
the fact that the cure is effected by the
patient and the remedy given by the homœopath
initiates the process but does not force it.
Only such intervention as is necessary to begin
the healing process and to encourage its
continuation should be given.
views illness in an holistic way and sees it as
affecting the entire person. Symptoms of all
types and in all planes: the mental, emotional
and physical, are all seen as the expressions of
a central disturbance. A Single Remedy is
therefore the ideal way in which to respond to
this disturbance and to return the patient to a
state of harmony.
consulting a homœopath the patient is asked to
talk about the details of his or her illness,
character and history. The homœopath is much
more interested in things that are unusual or
characteristic of the patient and his or her
disease and less interested in things that are
common to the disease or to humanity in general.
By discovering what is special about the patient
and the disease expressed by the patient, he or
she can find the remedy that most closely
matches the patient's disease and which will be
most likely to bring about a cure.
when practised well, achieves impressive
results. However, to practise well requires a
great deal of knowledge, experience and skill.
Many people are tempted to take shortcuts and
this usually results in a much lesser level of
success. There are also many people who use
potentized remedies (often referred to as
homœopathic) in a non homœopathic manner again
with varying degrees of success.
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