About homeopathy


Homoeopathy is a therapeutic system that works on the formula of treating “like with like,” (similia similibus curentur). It principally uses potentised remedies to stimulate the body's own sanative functions.

The name homoeopathy derives from the Greek words homios (similar) and pathos (suffering), and works on the law of "similia similibus curentur" - likes heals like. The foundation was initiated during the end of the 18th century, however some rudimentary principles have been known since long in Indian and Oriental Medicine. The fundamental theory of homoeopathy was already initiated by Hippocrates and Paracelsus.

Nevertheless, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is considered the father of homoeopathy. Samuel Hahnemann was working 9 years as a medical physician, but grew progressively accusatory towards a variety of aspects of the prevalent health care of the day. When Hahnemann was translating William Cullen's lectures on Materia Medica, he marked that the symptoms caused by quinine in a fit body, were similar to the symptoms quinine used to relieve. He reasoned that efficacious drugs must cause symptoms in fit people alike to the sicknesses they are supposed to handle.

He commenced with practical research into the area, with the departure point that certain substances effect particular physical process in the human body. During a twenty-year period, the effect of around seventy essences from the flora, animal and mineral kingdoms were mapped out. Hefty people tested one matter at a time, and all reactions and symptoms were noted. In 1796, Hahnemann phrased the formula similia similibus curentur (like cures like, also known as the Law of Similars), and in 1810 he made public his research findings in the work Organon der rationellen Heilkunde.

The view behind medicines being tried, today as they were then, on humans and not animals is that the former can register all their symptoms so that both physical and mental consequences can be entered. Remedy trials has carried on since Hahnemann's era, and now revised variations of his Materia Medica (remedy science) lists around 2000 homeopathic remedies, of which 200 are the most typically used. Constantin Hering laid the foundations of one of history's foremost homeopathic works, "The Guiding Symptoms of Our Materia Medica", which brought in several valuable new homeopathic curatives such as Glonoinum, Lachesis, and Psorinum. One of the most significant homoeopaths was James Tyler Kent who was working on to try medicines and identify different homoeopathic medicines. Kent is known also known for two other creations: "homeopathic philosophy" published in 1900, about basic homeopathic philosophy and "Lectures on Materia Medica" presented in 1904, with ideas on various homeopathic preparations.

Homeopaths considers the human being as an incorporated whole which at any given time operates on three different levels: the mental/spiritual, the emotional/psychological and the physical grade. The organism continuously operates as a whole, whether well or affected by disease-generating factors. A disease is a divergence from the ordinary health condition and not something which is an detached phenomenon in and of itself. If a stimulus is further powerful than the opposition of the being, it leads to unbalance and a number of signs. The homoeopathic medicament bases its entire treatment on an analysis of subjective symptoms - it is the total of signs which makes up the patient's very own sickness, and hence every event of disease must be treated individually. The essential concept in homoeopathy is to stimulate the body's self-healing powers.

Remedies exploited in homeopathy are normally highly diluted.

As declared before, the homeopathic basic law is that like cures like. That matters which can produce illnesses also can heal these, is presumed to be the case since these substances activate the organization's defence systems. The patient's curative organisation can solely manifest its activity by the expose of symptoms. That is wherefore a favourable reaction to a homeopathic remedy can be preceded by an apparent “worsening” of symptoms, a so called “primary deterioration”. This can thus be seen as a appropriate reaction: the patient primarily gets worsened in order to then get better. However if an medication is repeated too frequently without being called for, the impairment can be unhealthy.

Hering's law, named after the historical homeopath Constantine Hering, results in just this: that maladies which do not get adequate (in other words homeopathic) intervention may proceed from an acute to a chronic status. They also have a disposition to proceed from the outer parts of the body to the internal parts, from unimportant to more significant organs and from the lower elements of the body to the higher. A genuine curative process goes in the reverse way: upwards and down, the most important organs getting relief initially, inside and out. This process frequently denotes that previous stages of illness get eased. As homeopathy emphasizes that all diagnosis and treatment must encompass the whole body, only unwell cells is considered to react to the medication ordinated. The reason is that the resistance of these cells is lower and that the cell's vital pattern is suggested to hold with the key model of the curative's compound. Precisely as of this, and due to the deficiency of solid substantial essences in the homoeopathic medicine, the peril for unhealthy side effects or harmful effects of an incorrect curative is low. Despite of this, the preference is for the lowest workable dosage of a medicament.

In order to define which homeopathic medicament that needs to be prescribed, the homeopath analyses the patient's signal impression with various substances' symptom pictures to determine the best match. The ground of the homoeopathic prescription is selecting that alike substance.

For each remedy in the Materia Medica is a commentary of the symptoms and signs correlated with the element in question, listed under bodily symptoms and signs. Listed are also factors which have an impact on the patient's signs, such as kind of pain and what improves and makes worse. Apart from localised signs, generic symptoms affecting the whole individual and expressions of emotions and tempers are mentioned. But, it is not the sign or symptoms in themselves which are then treated. The symptoms are cues - it is the concealed disease behind them which is sought to be attain and treated.

Homeopaths as a rule commence with an expansive medical history, including inquiries concerning their bodily, mental and emotional states, their life condition and any physical or emotional illnesses. The homoeopath then searches corresponding symptoms and signs. Each symptom or sign is then linked to a particular amount of homeopathic remedies of separate likelihood. By collecting these conclusion with a software or an on-line repertory, the outcomes of likely remedies can promptly be introduced to the homeopath. Originally, before the computer age the homoeopath could exhaust several hours just searching for one remedy.

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