Homeopathy is natural, nontoxic system of medicine used by
hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
It is known to be particularly effective with impacting chronic illnesses that fail to respond to conventional treatment as well minor health conditions.
The World Health Organization has cited homeopathy as one of the systems of traditional medicine that should be integrated worldwide with conventional medicine in order to provide adequate global health care in the 21st century.
It is a vitalist philosophy which interprets diseases and sickness as
caused by disturbances in our vital life force or Qi.
It sees these disturbances as manifesting themselves as unique symptoms.
Homeopathy maintains that the vital force has the ability to react and adapt to internal and external causes, which homeopaths refer to as the law of susceptibility.
The law of susceptibility implies that a negative state of mind can attract hypothetical disease entities called miasms to invade the body and produce symptoms of diseases.
The word HOMEOPATHY derives from the Greek words homios,
meaning ‘similar’ and pathos, meaning “suffering”.
Homeopathic remedies are generally dilutions of
natural substances from plants, minerals, and animals.
Based on the principal of “like cures like”,
these remedies specifically match different symptom patterns
or “profiles” of illness and act to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.
This system of medicine developed by
the German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the1790s,
was introduced in the United States in the 1820s by Hahnemann’s colleagues and students.
One of these, Dr. Constantine Hering,
founded the world’s first homeopathic medical school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1835.
With Hering and his students in the vanguard,
American homeopathy became the world leader in the field
for the rest of the nineteenth century
Hahnemann rejected the notion of a disease as a separate thing or invading entity and insisted that it was always part of the “living whole”.
A second fundamental principle is the minimum dose: homeopaths have found that the most effective medicinal dose is the smallest one capable of causing a curative response. Homeopathic medicines are manufactured by potentization,
a process of serial dilution and agitation that produces
microdoses of the natural substances from which the medicines are derived.
A final principle of homeopathy is holism and individualization: the medicine is selected on the basis of the total symptom picture of the particular case.
In homeopathy, the process of healing begins by addressing the immediate symptoms, then progressing to the “older”, underlying symptoms.
Many of these “layers’ are residues of fevers, trauma, or chronic disease that were unsuccessfully treated or suppressed by conventional medicine.