"Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment." ~ Mahatma Gandhi"There have been two great revelations in my life. The first was bebop, the second was homeopathy." ~ Dizzy Gillespie"Consider the effect of poison. Deadly though it is, it possesseth the power of exerting, under certain conditions, a beneficial influence." ~ Baha‘u’llah"The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration" ~ Nikola Tesla"I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies." ~ Paul McCartney“The introduction of homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopaths to destroy it.” ~ Mark Twain"Is it true that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has said that biochemical homeopathy, which is a form of food medicine, is in conformity with the Bahá‘í medical concept?" The beloved Guardian’s reply to this question in a letter dated 25th November, 1944 was as follows: "This statement is true, and the truth thereof will be revealed in the future."
What Is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism to promote health.
The use of homeopathic medicines – popularly known as remedies – is based on the discovery that natural substances are capable of curing the same symptoms that they can cause. By studying the symptoms that develop when a healthy person tests or “proves” a remedy, homeopaths can determine which symptoms the remedy is capable of curing. This is called the Law of Similars or “like cures like.”
A simple example of this principle can be seen with the common onion. Slicing an onion can cause symptoms of burning and watery eyes, as well as sneezing and a runny nose. Many hayfever sufferers with symptoms of burning, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose have found dramatic relief after taking homeopathic Allium cepa (the remedy made from red onion). Thus the substance that can cause symptoms can, as a remedy, also cure them.
How Does Homeopathy Differ From Conventional Medicine?
Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states that “like cures like,” or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person. For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.
The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms—rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, a cold or hayfever sufferer is given an antihistamine to dry up the runny nose and watery eyes artificially. But this medication often comes with unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation. With the correct homeopathic remedy, however, there are no side effects and a person is restored to health naturally.
Homeopathy also recognizes that each person exhibits his or her disease in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy. A cold sufferer with a stopped up nose and dry eyes would receive a different remedy than one with a runny nose and watering eyes. Unlike the “one size fits all” approach to prescribing often used in conventional medicine, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches the unique symptom profile of the individual. Conventional medicine seeks to control illness through the regular use of medications; if the medicine is withdrawn, the person’s symptoms return. For example, the daily use of drugs for asthma (or any chronic disease for that matter) alleviates the symptoms but does not cure the underlying problem. In homeopathy the ideal is that a person needs just enough of the homeopathic remedy to stimulate their healing response. In other words, homeopathy seeks to cure a person so that they do not need any medications—homeopathic or otherwise.
The History Of Homeopathy
References to the basic principles of homeopathy are found in ancient writings and in the traditions of native medicines. These principles were re-discovered over 200 years ago by German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who developed them into the science that he called Homeopathy – from the Greek words homoios (similar) and pathos (disease or suffering). This new system of healing quickly spread throughout Europe and beyond. Members of Britain’s Royal Family have used it since Queen Victoria’s reign. By the late 1800s, homeopathy had become one of the most popular healthcare systems in North America, valued by both doctors and families using home remedy kits.
The popularity of homeopathy declined in the early 20th century with the advent of pharmaceutical drugs and other modern therapies. In recent decades, however, as many people have turned to alternate forms of medicine to avoid side-effects from conventional treatment, the use of homeopathy has exploded throughout most parts of the world. It is now an accepted form of medicine in many European and Latin American countries, the UK, and India.
In North America, the most common approach to prescribing homeopathy is known as Classical homeopathy, which is based on the selection of a single remedy that most closely matches your symptoms at a particular time and then waiting to observe your response before administering another remedy. This method focuses on the underlying disturbance or dis-ease that causes the symptoms, rather than on the symptoms themselves. Classical homeopathic treatment is sometimes referred to as Hahnemannian or constitutional prescribing.
Is Homeopathy Placebo?
There are many who believe that Homeopathy is merely placebo because they cannot grasp the idea that though the remedies are sub-molecular (they don’t contain even one molecule of the original substance), they are charged with energy at the biophysical level.
If homeopathic remedies were just placebo then how does it work so well on animals & babies (who don’t understand that they’re being treated), on the elderly (some of which have lost their mental powers) and plants (which are bereft of mental powers)?
I’ve noticed YouTube videos of people “proving” that Homeopathy is merely placebo by consuming entire bottles of homeopathic remedies, all at once, in order to prove that they don’t have an effect. What they don’t understand is that homeopathic remedies don’t work in the same way chemical drugs do. If you take one pellet or the entire bottle, it’s the same dose, because these remedies carry biophysical information/energy and not chemicals. Not only that, but depending on the dose and the remedy, they can take up to 2 weeks to cause a reaction in the human body. In order to experience the effect of a homeopathic medicine, one would have to take that remedy frequently, many times a day for a period of a week or more. Only then will the remedy be proved and the symptoms corresponding to the remedy documented in the Homeopathic Materia Medica be experienced. This is how most homeopathic provings are carried out. Furthermore, most homeopathic remedies found at stores and made available to the public are weak potency versions (30c for example) which in most cases don’t cause a noticeable change unless taken repeatedly over a couple days. If you want to really prove a remedy I would suggest starting at 200c and only taking one dose (taking repetitive high doses will cancel out the action of the previous remedy), allowing the remedy to act on the vital force for 2 weeks. The resulting reaction or response from the body can be expected in the 3rd and 4th weeks following the single high-potency dose.
What To Expect From A Homeopathic Consultation
An initial consultation with me (which can take place over the phone or skype) usually takes about 1 to 2 hours. During our consultation, I assess the totality of symptoms that you are experiencing and match it with a homeopathic remedy that would produce a similar totality of symptoms in a healthy person (according to the Homeopathic Law of Similars). You would then take the initial homeopathic dose of the chosen remedy and we would then have a follow-up consultation no sooner than a month later (It takes approximately 1-2 weeks for the remedy to exert its effect on the vital force and the following 2 weeks for the vital force to respond to the homeopathic stimulus).