The Philosophy of Homeopathy
Homeopathy begins its roots in Germany in the late 1700's with Samuel Hahnemann who was educated and practiced in allopathy conventional medicine. In practicing allopathic medicine Samuel was very unsatisfied with the way doctors were treating their patients. It was at a time in the medical field where they used practices like bloodletting and leaches to draw out blood from the skin, but Hahnemann thought of these methods to be causing more harm than good (Vithoulkas 2009, p. 91).
Hahnemann first began experimenting with concepts of homeopathy when there was a break out of malaria and people were discovering that consuming a tincture made from Cinchona Bark would heal them of their malaria symptoms. Hahnemann decided to try the tincture himself even though he was healthy and found himself exhibiting the same symptoms that were evident in a person who were diseased with malaria. This is when Hahnemann first discovered the Law of Similars. That the crude substance could cause a variety of symptoms in a healthy person that mimicked the same variety of symptoms as a person in a diseased state. This is where the homeopathic study of like cures like was born (Vithoulkas 2009, p. 91).
The job of a homeopathic physician is to heal those who are sick. It is not to delve into various theories about how healing works in an attempt to appear learned and educated, neither is his job to suppress symptoms so that they may return at a later date. The physician focuses solely on helping and healing the sick, in the most rapid, gentle and most permanent manner. The physician focuses more on preserving the health and removing the disturbances that affect it from within (Hahnemann 1982, p. 9,10).
Homeopathy focuses on healing the individual as an art and they do this by observing the characteristics of the patient's disease in which they offer a remedy based on the totality of the symptoms observed and not according to the name of the disease that has been diagnosed. Every patient is unique and taking into consideration the background and uniqueness of the patient, the homeopathic physicist is able to offer a remedy which when taken in a healthy person produces the same symptoms (Griffiths 2005, p. XVII).
It is evident in homeopathy that every living being, to exist in this material plane must have a vital force that animates it, which without, would force death upon the physical body. In order to experience oneself alive in health or disease the vital force is needed. When the body is healthy, free from disease, the vital force is at its most powerful. The vital force is able to harmonise all activity happening within the body so that the person may live a balanced fulfilling life (Hahnemann 1982, p 14,15).
The vital force is understood as having a dynamic nature. Examples of dynamism in nature would be the effects of gravity that the moon has on the oceans or the strong pure attraction between two magnets. No physical power is needed in these examples to create movement, but the natural dynamic forces in nature. We have also seen an example of dynamism in diseases like that of smallpox where no physical contact is actually needed for a healthy child to contract the disease from a nearby child with the disease. It is the dynamic nature of the vital force that we work with in homeopathy. We influence the remedies dynamically so that in the finished potent substance there remains little or no trace of the medical material substance. When these substances have been dynamised they produce far better results in the body's health than crude concentrated doses of the medicine. The invisible energy which is released from the crude substance works dynamically on the whole organism and its vital force in specific way's. This is how homeopathy differs from allopathy as disease is caused by the untuned vital force (Hahnemann 1982, p. 14,15).
Learning about dynamism and how it works with the vital force, I decided to try homeopathy myself. It was during a time I had decided to stop taking all other supplements in order to give homeopathy a fair trial. Aurum Metallicum had originally caught my attention because I was fascinated by the fact that remedies could be created from substances other than herbal tinctures and oils. After some further research and watching videos online, I came across the remedy Sepia which is derived from the ink of the cuttlefish. Sepia caught my attention as it has often been called the house wife remedy and recently I had been feeling overwhelmed by all the different responsibilities as a person with many roles and also had been lacking in energy.
After taking Sepia, I noticed that I found navigating these different roles was much easier than it had previously been. I had delved into feelings of indifference and was finding it hard to remain motivated, but after taking Sepia, my approach to these different responsibilities were more positive and I retained more energy and motivation to achieve the things that I wanted. It was my success with these remedies and learning how potency works which spurned me on to study the subject and do more work with medical sciences.
To understand how the different remedies affected patients, Samuel Hahnemann employed a method called 'proving'. Hahnemann discovered that by examining the effects the various substances had on a healthy people, he could understand which different ailments it could cure. Initially he experimented on himself, but he was also able to record information by studying different cases of accidental poisoning. Using this method, he was able to broaden his understanding. Hahnemann went on to create detailed descriptions about patients, symptoms and what they experienced and was able to gather this information to create the first Materia Medica which is a book containing all the remedies studied thus far (Wells 2000, p. 9).
We find in studying the cases of various disease that there are some of us that are more susceptible to catching a disease than others. Some individuals were born with very strong constitutions which we learn more about through studying the remedies. There are those that very rarely succumb to sickness even if they have an unhealthy lifestyle and there are others that pay close attention to their diet, exercise and overall health, but yet still find themselves very susceptible to disease and can take a lot longer to recover. One of the major indicators to look at when understanding the constitution of an individual is their genetics and we find that many illnesses are passed down from parent to child and could run through generations of the family (Wells 2000, p. 9).
The various remedies we find in the Materia Medica are created using a process called potentization. Taking a crude substance can help with healing, but can also create side effects and to get rid of the side effects caused by the crude substance Hahnemann diluted the substance. In addition to diluting the substance the remedies were also vigorously shaken and hit in the palm of the hand to dynamise the remedy in other words make more potent. The substance is then diluted further and the same dynamising method employed repeatedly until the desired potency is reached. This process can be repeated six times for a weak potency or even over 200 times for a more potent remedy. If this process has been done many times, we find no trace of the actual substance in the remedy. It was Hahnemann's belief that what was left after this process was a transfer of potent energy of the crude substance which would do more to heal a patient interacting with their vital force so that the cure was quick and permanent (Wells 2000, p. 9).
Although we seem to have made major progress in technology and science, science still fails to get to grips with the art of healing an individual rather than treating the disease. Homeopathy understands that every individual is just as unique as their facial features or fingerprints or personality and therefore, although no two people are the same, we are still able to recognise similarities and offer the remedy most suitable to any particular patient. Homeopathy is built on the comparison of similarities between people expressing their individual symptoms in unique way's. This can still be seen as a scientific process even though it's an unconventional one (Griffiths 2005, pXVII).
The dynamic plane in which all diseases originate which penetrates all levels of existence has a relationship with the body as the electromagnetic field has to matter. The human system contains within it a defence mechanism which reacts to stress by producing the best possible response of which it is capable in that particular human system. The state of health can contribute to how the stress manifests itself, but how susceptible an individual is also plays a role. Disease first occurs on this dynamic plane in the bodies electromagnetic field which in turn triggers the bodies defence mechanism. Every physician must co-operation with this process in order to achieve the best long-lasting results. Dealing with health any other way would lead to a suppression of symptoms which can only cause harm. Remedies act directly upon the electromagnetic field and therefore strengthens the defence system which can only be beneficial to the whole of the person (Vithoulkas 2009, p. 85).
Although allopathic and conventional medicine work in completely different way's there is still opportunity for the two to work together as in the case of when some-one needs to go into surgery after a broken bone or other internal injury and there are many homeopathic remedies that can be offered to take care of the vital force that will be impacted by the invasion of surgery so all in all the patient comes out of surgery with the best chances of healing and the quickest recovery.
Griffiths, C.G., 2005. The Companion To Homeopathy. Watkins Publishing. London
Hahnemann, S.H.,1982. Organon Of Medicine. Sixth Edition. Cooper Publishing. Washington: Alain Naude.
Vithoulkas, G.V., 2009. The Science Of Homeopathy. Seventh Edition. Grove Press. New York
Wells, R.W, 2000. Homeopathy, Neal's Yard Remedies. Aurum Press. London