What is Homoeopathy?
Homoeopathy (also: homeopathy) is a system of traditional medicine based on the Law of Similars ~ a natural Law always in existence, but ‘discovered’ by Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor, some 200 years ago. Since then, and as a result of his work, this natural Law can be more fully understood and therapeutically applied as Homoeopathy. Hippocrates (known as the Father of Western Medicine) referred to Homoeopathy some 2400 years ago, when he said that there are two systems of healing. One is using the Law of Similars, and the other is using the Law of Opposites. The Law of Opposites is used in Allopathic medicine – the approach/method employed in our current Western Medical system.
How does it work?
The Law of Similars (Similia Similibus Curentur, which translates “Let likes cure likes”) simply means that a substance given in a toxic dose to a healthy person will create a particular set of complaints in that person. If the substance is then prepared as a Homoeopathic formulation, (diluted and succussed, or potentized), and administered to a person suffering from similar complaints, they may improve or resolve. A simple example: if you drink excessive coffee, you may be wide awake at night, unable to sleep and have a euphoric or excited state of mind. If a Homoeopathic preparation is made from coffee (known as Coffea Cruda), following the necessary steps of dilution and succussion, or potentization, and then given to a person suffering insomnia, it may bring about a resolution of those symptoms – what is toxic in a large dose can be therapeutic a minute dose. You could also liken the same process to cutting up an onion, with the resulting watery, sore, stinging eyes and nose. Again, a homoeopathic preparation made from onion (known as Allium Cepa) may resolve such symptoms in a suffering person. An example could be someone suffering from Hay fever or a nasty head cold.
Where do Homoeopathic preparations come from?
Derived from the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms, Homoeopathic preparations are formulated by dilution and succussion (potentization) rendering the source materials and substances innocuous to the human (or animal) living system. The resulting potentized preparation retains the properties of the original source substance, and can stimulate the body’s healing or homeostatic power to overcome the imbalance or illness. The body will stay healthy through Homeostasis – meaning that it will always endeavour to restore the functioning of the body, and all its myriad complex systems, to complete balance. Homoeopathic preparations can assist in the restoration of wellbeing when the process of Homeostasis has become sluggish or ineffective.
Health is about balance
It’s useful to remember that your best possible health is always about balance … in mind, body and spirit. When balance is lost, so is one’s optimal health, and when balance is restored, your good health returns through the homeostatic process. Homoeopathy respects the wisdom of the body by gently stimulating one’s innate rebalancing or healing process.
When we look at science, and how little we actually understand about our physical and spiritual universe, the following quotes encapsulate where homoeopathy may sit in the scheme of things, or perhaps as a part of the lesser-understood larger picture:
“Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension. We see him only the way a louse sitting upon him would.”(Albert Einstein’s letter to Heinrich Zangger (10 March 1914), quoted in The Curious History of Relativity by Jean Eisenstaedt (2006), p. 126.)
“The most beautiful fate of a physical theory is to point the way to the establishment of a more inclusive theory, in which it lives on as a limiting case.”(1917) as quoted by Gerald Holton, The Advancement of Science, and Its Burdens: the Jefferson Lecture and other Essays (1986).
How might Homoeopathy help me?
A variety of complaints can be assisted through support and management with Homeopathy preparations, used in accordance with Homoeopathic Principles, and as a traditional medicine.
Millions of people worldwide regularly use homeopathic preparations, often as an adjunct to their medical healthcare treatment plan. Having a broad vision when dealing with ill-health is, without doubt, a wisdom you will never regret. Many people who recover from (often serious) illness can attest to the fact that they needed to incorporate a number of different approaches to recover their health and wellbeing, along with their medical healthcare treatment plan.
Integrative medicine is the medicine of the future, and we should not discount the many and varied traditional healing methods that have been in existence for millennia, as well as our very own Traditional Aboriginal Healing.
Please discuss any homoeopathic support and management you may be considering with your doctor or medical healthcare practitioner, if you are currently under their care. Generally there are no contraindications with Homoeopathic medicines, but check with your healthcare provider.
Homoeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.
Carolyn does not, under any circumstances, support the cessation or replacement of your medical healthcare treatment plan with traditional homoeopathic management, as it is outside of the scope of her Professional Practice and Code of Professional Conduct. Please advise Carolyn if you are currently taking any prescription medication.