(NaturalHealth365) Over the years, Jonathan Landsman and I have had some great conversations about Homeopathy and now I will be sharing what I know with you every week. This week we are going to take a very quick look at what Homeopathy is and how it works. Next week, we’ll take a look at why it is the most controversial of all the healing modalities.
Homeopathy is pronounced home-ee-op-athy. It is a Greek word that literally translates as ‘similar suffering’. The central idea of homeopathy is the fact that if a substance can make a healthy person ill, it can also be used to make a person who is ill, in a similar way, get better.
Nature to the rescue
So for instance Apis (made from bee sting) treats angry red, hot swellings; Lachesis (snake venom) treats blood poisoning; Coffea (coffee) treats over-excitement and sleeplessness; Alium Cepa (onion) treats hay fever.
Hippocrates first identified Homeopathy, as a concept, around 2000 years ago. He recognized two types of medicine ‘contraries’ or ‘similars.’ ‘Contraries’ use the opposite suffering (‘antipathy’ in Greek) to restore wellbeing. An example of this is using a laxative to ease constipation.
Hippocrates noted ‘contraries’, over time, make the original problem worse, so that more medicine is needed to maintain the same effect. Most people who’ve taken antacids or sleeping pills would agree. Hippocrates favored the use of ‘similars’. They already had a long and successful history in traditional, herbal medicine.
A medical doctor ahead of his time
Homeopathy made the transition from a concept to a fully functioning medical modality about 200 years ago. A German doctor named Samuel Hahnemann noted quinine protected people against malaria. He took some himself and found that he got all the symptoms of malaria. He realized then that quinine could cure malaria because it could produce malaria-like symptoms in a healthy person.
Hahnemann was thrilled by this “Eureka” moment and spent his life testing diluted substances on volunteers, carefully recording their effects. This work continues today with thousands of substances already tested and new ones being introduced all the time.
The best in ancient medicine
Homeopathy has its roots in traditional herbal medicine, but with three major improvements:
1. the original substance is only used in an extremely diluted, safe form
2. any substance, not only plants, can be used
3. all substances are tested on human volunteers to see what symptoms they produce
Homeopaths use sophisticated computer software to carefully match your symptoms to an individually selected remedy that we know is capable of producing the same symptom picture when taken by a healthy person.
So why does Homeopathy cause huge controversy? Because we now know that most of the remedies used in Homeopathy have less than a molecule of the original substance in them.
Next week, we’ll take a close look at the argument between those that say it can’t possibly work and those that say in their experience it works wonderfully well.
About the author: For over 17 years, Mary Aspinwall has been a full time Registered Homeopath and is the founder of HomeopathyWorld.com. Mary offers a best selling range of homeopathy kits and you can read her blog at: HomeopathyWorld.com/blog. In addition, Mary has created a free e-book, “Basic Guide to Homeopathy”. Click Here for a consultation with Mary Aspinall.