Homeopathy is a system of medicine that is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances that trigger the body’s natural system of healing
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a medical science developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician. It is based on the principle that “like cures like”. In simple words, it means that any substance, which can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure similar symptoms in a person who is sick. This idea is referred to as the “Law of Similars“, and was understood by Aristotle and Hippocrates and mentioned in ancient Hindu manuscripts. (See Examples of the “Law of Similars”.) It was Hahnemann, however, who turned it into a science of healing.
Currently there are more than three thousand substances used as homeopathic remedies to treat everything from colds and cough to allergies and food intolerances to arthritis and even emotional and mental imbalances.
A second principle of homeopathy is that you should give the least amount of medicine necessary to evoke a healing response. This is called the “Minimum Dose”. We all know that normal medicines can cause serious side effects. In an effort to prevent this, Hahnemann began a special process to dilute, purify and make his remedies more potent, finding the exact point at which they would be therapeutic, but neither aggressive nor toxic.
In simple words, it means that any substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person, can cure similar symptoms in a person who is sick.
(See Examples of the “Law of Similars” below.)
Examples of the "Law of Similars"
Poison ivy causes redness, intense itching, burning, blistering and sometimes stiff muscles. Homeopathically, poison ivy has been used for everything from herpes and burns to eczema and arthritis.
When a bee stings you, you feel a burning, stinging pain and the tissues surrounding the area swells. If you had swollen tonsils with burning and stinging pain, a homeopathic remedy prepared from bee poison could cure you.