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1. How is homeopathy different from allopathy?

Allopathy limits the physical complaints to the physical level and, when treating the complaints, it only observes the result of the complaints [1] whereas homeopathy, also takes the mental and emotional plans into consideration when treating a disease.  A homeopath physician tries to understand if the person is healthy or not, and if a tissue is sick, what the cause is.  Homeopathy looks at the origin of a disease, not just what happened to a problem organ or tissue.   Allopathy usually limits the sickness to what can be seen by the eyes or touched and felt with fingers; the overall health of the person on other levels  such as minds (emotions and mental), are not considered.  “The organs are not a man, the man is prior to organs” [2].  Homeopathy views man as a unit and it does not separate the parts of the body from the being [3].  When vital force, which keeps the organisms at a harmonious state, gets disturbed whether on emotion, mental or physical level, it put the organism at an unharmonious state and disease symptom can manifest on various levels (physical, mental and emotional). Therefore, diseases are caused by a disturbance of the vital energy[4].

To illustrate in an example our physical body is connected or our total being, my son who is 15 months old, broke his leg on a Saturday around noon time and the following day started coughing very badly to the point that when we took him to the emergency for his broken leg the doctors thought that he had pneumonia.  They took x-rays of his chest and broken legs. The chest x-rays indicated that there was no pneumonia and it was an upper respiratory infection (e.g., a flu ). This was a perfect example of how an accident that was an external event leading to a leg injury put his vital force at an unharmonious status by making him more susceptible to viruses and him getting a strong flue within 24 hours of his injury because of the leg injury his vital force was distressed and off balanced.  It took two weeks for both his coughs to stop and four weeks for his leg to heel.   In allopathy, the chest/coughs and broken leg are viewed as two different and separate (not connected) issues: the broken leg and the strong cough due to a lung infection.   Where as in homeopathy, everything from mind/emotions to body are connected and when the vital force is distressed the total being is not well.  Needless to say, there are certain things that can be healed only through allopathy medicine and in many cases they are life saviors.

References:

[1] Hanhemann, 1996
[2] Kent, 2010, p.XXXVII
[3] Roberts, 2010, p.26
[4] Roberts, 2010, p.27

2. Concepts of susceptibility and suppression? 

Susceptibility means the degree to which an organism (both body and mind) can be affected by external or internal influence.  For instance, the most susceptible a being is, the more likely to catch a disease or a virus when there are external or internal reactions.   This concept is applicable to all beings:minerals, vegetals, animals, and humans.  As an example for animals, the polar bear is strong and immune when in cold weather but susceptible to warm weather [1].  Humans are susceptible to bacteria’s and infections but the degree varies in individuals:  one person may get infected when in contacted with an infected person while another person will not experience any illnesses. All of this has to do with the degree of susceptibility of each person.  Susceptibility can be increased, decreased or at times even destroyed.  It is decreased when a sick person takes the correct remedy for the disease, which will then strengthen the immune system.   It can be increased when we suppress our illnesses, for instance the more vaccines given to young healthy children, the more their vital force is affected an in turn the more susceptible they become.  In homeopathy, mind can affect vital force which, in return, will make the being more susceptible to illnesses.  “Susceptibility in organisms is equivalent to state which involves the attitude to internal causes and to external circumstances” [2]

Why can symptoms be suppressed:

Suppression is the key to sickness and releasing it is the key to health.  In Allopathy, when something is suppressed, the sickness moves from the surface to inside. For instance, in a case someone has a rash or itching skin, maybe an allopath can remove this but then the energy of the person is low.  There are external forces which can have an effect on the vital force by putting it off balanced and when the normal functioning of the human being are not in harmony, there is no state of perfect health and irregular functions of the body [1]. There are various forms of suppression which are:

  1. External features that suppress normal functions of the vital force such as shock, fear, excessive joy, fear from loss of family or friends, business apprehensions, worries, disappointments, ambitions, extreme fatigue, extreme exhaustion etc.  All of these factors influence the vital force and its natural function as well as the manifestations of the imbalances which occur as a result varies from individuals to individuals depending on their susceptibility.  It is even said that a nursing mother can transfer her emotions to the baby through the milk and affect the vital force of their babies!
  2. Use of drugs such as opium for coughs, aspirin for headaches, other drugs for diarrheas, and various creams for eczema, all of these drugs suppress even further the vital force changing the picture and causing more chronic conditions.  This can very dangerous, for instance in a case of a coughs, if it happens to be a pneumonic cough that keeps getting suppressed for a long time, it can be deadly.
  3. A frequent form of suppression is the removal of the disturbed organs

Often is it seen that in allopathic medication, the conditions is alleviated by a brief period of time by giving as an example antibiotics but then later there is a follow up aggravation.  Instead, homeopathy attempts to address the fundamental cause of the illness, either direct or indirect.

References

[1] Roberts, 2010, p.148

[2] Roberts, 2010, p.151

3) Difference between Chronic and Acute illnesses?

A disease can be either acute or chronic. The definitions of acute and chronic diseases are described in Hanhemann[1].

  1. a.       Acute Disease

“Acute diseases are rapid illness-processes of the abnormally mistuned life principle which are suited to complete their course more or less quickly, but always in a moderate time.” Hahnemann added in a note that “acute diseases may be individual, sporadic or epidemic”.

  1. b.      Chronic Disease

“Chronic diseases are those which (each in its own way) dynamically mistune the living organism with small, often unnoticed beginnings. They gradually so remove it from the healthy state (…) that the automatic life energy (…) which was ordained to sustain health, opposes them”.

The main (opposite) characteristic for both cases is the speed at which the disease proliferates inside the Vital force is what gives life and movement to all beings and exists in minerals, vegetal, animals and humans.  An example of acute would be down with a cold, flu virus, pneumonia etc.  An example of Chronic  problems with Eczema, lower back pain, chronic fatigue, etc.

References


[1] Hahnemann, 1996, p. 118 §72


4) Principal of homeopathy: What is Vital Force, Law of cure and law of Similars?

  1. 1.       Vital force

Vital force is what gives life and movement to all beings and exists in minerals, vegetal, animals and humans.  Without vital force we are dead and there is no life[1]. It is like a soul that gives life to beings.  Vital force acts like an immune system not just for the physical body but for our total being.  When the vital force is distressed due to external factor such as stress (e.g., loss of a loved ones, or accident), it becomes off balanced making the total being weak and more susceptible to diseases.

Vital force influences the entire organism and being, and is connected to all part of the body and organs in such a way that even a smallest disturbance to any parts that seems not connected, creates a disturbance in the vital force.  When the vital force is disturbed the organisms is no longer at harmony[2].

Vital force is what makes all parts of a body function in a perfect way and keep the organisms in a state of general well beings.   Vital force can be disturbed by causes either external or internal[3].

  1. 2.       Law of similars

The law of similars is based on the simple concept of using “a medicine, which can itself, arouse a similar suffering to the [disease] it is supposed to cure“[4].  The approach of Law of similars consists in matching the symptoms to the remedy that will produce similar symptoms in a healthy person, and that remedy will cure the sick person.  This notion is an important distinction with the common view that a disease should be treated by opposite means. An example of law of similars would be to “cure a tendency to acidity of the stomach by a very small dose of sulphuric acid”[5].

 

  1. 3.       Law of cures

 

As part of choosing a remedy, it is important to highlight some key principles and more specifically that the order of sickness as well as the order of cure is from a man to his organs, from inside to outside, from top to bottom, from the most important organ to the least important organ, and in reverse order of appearance[6]. Therefore, when the correct remedy is given in a case of an acute or a chronic illness the symptoms of the illness disappears in the reverse order of their appearance[7].

References


[1] Roberts, 2010, p.38

[2] Roberts, 2010, p.26

[3] Roberts, 2010, p.31

[4] Hahnemann, 1996, p.48

[5] Hahneman, 1996, p.58 (quoting Stahl, 1738,8, p. 40-42)

[6] Roberts, 2010, p.34 & 47

[7] Roberts, 2010, p.33

 

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