Homeopathy, homoeopathy, and homeopathic medicine are terms used to describe a powerful yet non-toxic system of medicine. Dr. Hahnemann, a German physician, made the first discovery of the scientific principles known as homeopathy over 200 years ago. It is based on the premise that certain natural substances are able to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms, allowing the body to heal itself. After symptoms of a condition have been alleviated, homeopathic remedies can work to reestablish internal order at the deepest levels. Because very small doses are used, healing is accomplished without negative side effects.
TRADITIONAL HOMEOPATHIC PRINCIPLES
Like Cures Like
The principle of “Like Cures Like” means that a substance which can cause certain symptoms in a healthy individual when taken in large doses can cure those same symptoms when taken in small doses. As an illustration, a dilute yet medically active homeopathic medicine from onions can relieve the symptoms of teary eyes and a runny nose. Western medicine uses this principal often in vaccination therapy where small amounts of a toxin are used to stimulate the body’s reaction against that toxin.
The homeopathic concept of “Small Doses” means that very dilute doses of active ingredients are often all that is needed to stimulate the body’s healing processes. The recognized safety of homeopathic medicines is partially due to the fact that each ingredient is employed in the most dilute form that will produce the desired therapeutic effect. In homeopathy, the number in front of the letters X or C designates the number of times that an ingredient has been diluted. X indicates 1 to 10 dilutions and C indicates 1 to 100 dilutions.
HOMEOPATHIC INGREDIENTS WORK IN TWO WAYS:
Biochemical Interaction: Some ingredients in homeopathic products are relatively undiluted extracts of active ingredients, with the biochemical interaction between the active ingredient and the body being the primary method of therapeutic action.
Electromagnetic: During the homeopathic production process, some ingredients become very dilute due a manufacturing procedure of succussion. Succussion is a process of diluting and agitating ingredients systematically during manufacture. Using this method, a homeopathic ingredient can become so dilute that its method of action to stimulate the body’s rebalancing mechanisms is no longer biochemical, but electromagnetic. It is the energy of these highly dilute ingredients that positively impacts the body’s regulatory signals.
It is worth noting that homeopathic medicines are just that, medicines. They aren’t like supplements that you should keep taking every day in perpetuity. Homeopathics should be used for treating specific complaints, and when there is a resolution or a change, then it is time to discontinue the remedy, or seek an alternative one that fits the new set of symptoms.