What is homeopathy

The word Homeopathy, which comes from the Greek, through Latin into English, literally means “like disease”.  This means that the medicine given is like the disease that the person is expressing, in his totality, not like a specific disease category or medical diagnosis

Homeopathy is a holistic, natural and safe form of medicine recognized by the FDA that treats the person as a whole -body, mind and emotions, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness. It works on the principle that ‘likes cure likes’ using highly diluted substances which stimulates the body’s own natural system of healing. Homeopathy do not interact with conventional drugs and can be use on its own or supplement a conventional allopathic treatment.

The first principle:  Let Likes Cure Likes

The guiding principle of Homeopathy is stated as “let likes cure likes,” similia similibus curentur.  While the concept of “like curing like” dates back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), it was German physician Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who first codified this principle into a system of medicine.  Starting with experiments (called “provings”) on himself,  Dr. Hahnemann administered medicinal substances to healthy volunteers (called “provers”).  Symptoms that developed in the provers while taking a specific substance gave the homeopathic “picture” of, and indications for, that remedy.  Over the years, by means of provings, toxicological data, and clinical experience, the homeopathic drug pictures of over 2000 substances have been derived.

In the practice of Homeopathic Medicine, a detailed, comprehensive interview of the patient, called the homeopathic case-taking, is undertaken to reveal the physical, psychological and emotional characteristics and complaints of that individual.  The homeopathic practitioner then finds the homeopathic remedy whose materia medica (drug picture) is the most similar to that of the patient’s characteristic totality.  That homeopathic prescription (the similimum) is given to the patient to stimulate his/her being to heal:  likes cures likes.

The second principle:  The Minimum Dose

The second principle of Homeopathy is that of the minimum dose.  Dr. Hahnemann began using medicinal substances known to work in his day, such as Cinchona or Peruvian bark, for relapsing fever, in a homeopathic way. That means that he administered a medicament with a known remedy picture to a sick person who had a similar symptom picture.  But, in the beginning, he was using crude substances, for example, full strength herbs.  He observed that, while the patients got well, they also had side effects.  To minimize those side effects, through further experimentation, he came upon the idea of potentization.  Homeopathic medicines are prepared through a series of dilutions, at each step of which there is a vigorous agitation of the solution called succussion, until there is no detectable chemical substance left.  As paradoxical as it may seem, the higher the dilution, when prepared in this dynamized way, the more potent the homeopathic remedy.  Thereby is achieved the minimum dose which, none the less, has the maximum therapeutic effect with the fewest side effects.  In fact, Homeopathy has an enviable centuries old history of safety in use of its potentized oral medicines among patients of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant and nursing women, and senior citizens.

Federal recognition of Homeopathic Medicine 

Officially recognized under the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the 1965 Medicare Act, and the 1987 FDA Compliance Policy Guidelines, these safe, gentle but deep-acting medicines can be used to treat persons experiencing many kinds of medical conditions. Homeopathic remedies are under the purview of the FDA and most remedies are classified as over-the-counter drugs.

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