A Quick Introduction to Homeopathy
Homeopathic products are classified as drugs within the meaning of Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and are regulated as drug products (medicines) by the Food and Drug Administration. Although the precise mechanism of action of homeopathic drugs is not well understood, homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of medicine based on the observation that the body has the potential to heal itself.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy uses natural substances, specially prepared, to stimulate the body towards homeostasis.This is in direct contrast to the typical Western approach of suppressing the symptoms. This system of medicine was first postulated by a pioneer in medicine, disillusioned at that time with the current medical system available ( e.g., blood letting, high-dose heavy metals,etc.). Dr.Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is credited with the discovery and advancement of the principles of Homeopathy. He quit his medical practice and through translating medical texts and studying some of the then current theories, identified three main principles of Homeopathy.
Three Principles of Homeopathy:
- The Law of Similars(“like cures like”)
Substances that cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can be used to relieve those same symptoms in someone suffering from them.
For example,exposure to red onion (Allium cepa) causes runny and watery nose and eyes. In a homeopathic form, a microdose of Allium cepa is used to relieve cold or hay fever symptoms of runny and watery nose and eyes.
- The Minimum dose
Homeopathic substances can be attenuated (tapered) to render them stronger as the potency increases, at the same time that the original substance is diluted. The result is a microdose of medicine, which triggers a healing response in the body.
- The Treatment of Symptoms or Symptom Complexes, Instead of Disease States
Homeopathy views the body in a holistic manner, understanding each individual has unique characteristics-physical, mental, emotional and unique responses to illness. Thus, each person’s own set of symptoms guides the practitioner to the correct medicine.
Despite having over 200 years of history, a wealth of evidence in medical literature, and being one of the most widespread system of medicine today, Homeopathy is still the object of some controversy. Its detractors refer to it as ‘placebo medicine’ that do not work nor cannot work as they base their claim on the fact that ‘there is no molecule left in the final product’, whereas its believers refer to it as ‘medicine of the 21st century’ that should be explained and validated by emerging and converging sciences from quantum physics, nanopharmacology to bio and electro energy (where energy and matter are one). We invite anyone to educate themselves on both sides of the argument to make their own unbiased opinion and of course to try a few of the remedies available on the marketplace.