Homeopathy is an art & science of healing that is based on the application of the law “similia similibus curentur” (sĭ-mĭ´le-ah sĭ-mĭ´lĭ-bus ku-ran´tur) means let likes be cured by likes. Classical healers have known this basic principle of “like cures like” throughout history. Hippocrates (460 – 350B.C.), regarded as the “father of medicine,” who authored the Hippocratic oath, wrote, “By similar things a disease is produced and through the application of the like is cured.” Aristotle (384 – 322B.C.) knew the principle as well, and wrote, “Often the simile acts upon the simile.” Or, as Dr. Samuel Hahnemann said, “Like cures like,” (or traditionally in Latin, “Similia similibus curentur”).
The word “homoeopathy” is derived from the Greek words homeos meaning “similar” and pathos meaning “suffering”.
It was discovered by a German physician, Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann(M.D), after getting disappointment from the result & harshness of old medical practices of the day (which included blood-letting, purging and the use of poisons such as arsenic,mercury in large amount), he looked for a way to reduce the damaging effects associated with medical treatment. He began experimenting on himself and a group of healthy volunteers, giving smaller and smaller medicinal doses, and found that as well as reducing toxicity, the medicines actually appeared to be more effective the lower the dose. He also observed that symptoms caused by toxic ‘medicines’ such as mercury, were similar to those of the diseases they were being used to treat e.g. syphilis, which lead to the principle he described as ‘like cures like’. Hahnemann started to document his work, and his texts formed the foundations of homeopathic medicine as it is practiced today.
Remedies used by homeopathic physicians come from natural sources and are prepared in such a way that they are devoid of all chemical toxicity. In conventional medicine, drugs are generally given for their effects on the organism, while in homeopathy, the specific remedy is given to arouse a healing reaction of the organism. Since only the living organism can heal itself, the homeopathic remedy is merely an influence used to provoke a reaction to bring the recovery. The greater the degree of similarity between the symptoms that are provoked by the remedy on a healthy person and the symptoms displayed by the person who is sick, the accurate will be the recovery reaction.
Strange but true, in homeopathy we do not treat diseases alone, but the whole person who is sick. Whether a person has an acute or chronic disease, all of their symptoms, whether physical, mental or emotional, form a whole representing a state of imbalance very specific to this individual. The goal of the physician is to recognize through the unique expression of symptoms of a patient the pattern of disorder and identify among a great number of remedies available the one most similar to the patient’s condition. Homeopathy is medicine of the individual!
It is probably the most difficult medical discipline to master because it is based on the pure observation of nature, and the strict application of a natural law. Until very recently, of all the physicians who studied homeopathy, only a very small minority succeeded in mastering their discipline. Today, with the general disillusionment with conventional medicine, homeopathy is beginning to bloom again and spread throughout the world. People find in homeopathy a medicine that not only displays more common sense by its respect for the whole person, but which is also more efficient in restoring health to the sick since it tunes the extraordinary innate self-healing powers of the organism.
Till now, science has not been able to explain the mechanism of action of ultra high dilutions in the body, but laboratory experiments have repeatedly demonstrated that homoeopathically prepared substances cause biological effects. For example, the hormone thyroxine prepared as a homeopathic ‘30C’ dilution can slow down the process of metamorphosis of tadpoles into frogs. Do those tadpoles believe in homeopathy & get placebo effect ?