Principles of Homeopathy

Posted by Pradeep Maurya on

    Homeopathy is a rational science with respect to its concept of health, disease and cure. There are many principles that homeopathy follows and some of them are described below
    Principal 1 – The Law of Similars
    ‘Similia similibus curentur’ or in other words, like cures like. According to this principle, drugs which can cause symptoms in a healthy person can cure those symptoms in the sick person regardless of the cause. Hippocrates wrote of curing ‘like with like’ more than 2,000 years ago but it was formally systematized by Hahnemann. He viewed health as a dynamic process tending to maintain a state of optimum equilibrium. Homeopathic medicines are aimed to direct and stimulate the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms.
    In other words, the specific curative property of a drug lies in its power of producing similar symptoms in a healthy individual i.e. the drugs have sickness-making as well as sickness curing properties, the sickness being the same [33].What a drug can cause it can cure ; and that if you want to know what a drug can cure, you have only to discover what it can cause [48].Homeopathy maintains that there is a constant relationship between the effect of drugs on the healthy and the curative reactions they call forth in the sick, so, clearly, you must test drugs on healthy people [48].
    For example, coffee which helps us stay awake can, in homeopathic form, give us a way to relax, unwind, find sleep and ease piercing headache.
    Principal 2 – Law of minimum dose
    Also known as the smallest effective Dose
    The doses used in homeopathy range from those that are similar in concentration to some conventional medicines to very high dilutions containing no material trace of the starting substance – the latter are referred to as ‘ultra-molecular’ dilutions.
    Vigorous shaking of the solution together with impact or ‘elastic collision’ (known as succussion) during the manufacturing process is a key element in the production of homeopathic medicines. The action of a drug may be toxic, or curative, depending upon the size and strength of the dose, the susceptibility of the patient and the principle upon which it is given.The therapeutic dose must be capable only of producing a slight temporary aggravation or intensification of already existing symptoms, never of producing new symptoms. Only the similar remedy, in the smallest possible dose, is capable of bringing about this highly desirable result.
    Principal 3 – Individualisation
    Each person is unique. One size doesn’t fit all
    A particular symptom will always be cured by a particular remedy, no matter who the patient is. But no two patients can have the same set of identical symptoms (physical+mental+emotional). Therefore two people suffering from the same disease may or may not be prescribed the same remedy. This is the principle of individualisation.
    No two individuals are alike in health or in disease. Individualisation helps homeopaths in tailoring medication and posology according to the needs of the patient. Thus homeopathy is not ready-made but tailor-made in terms of selection of remedy and posology.
    These are three main principles on which homeopathy works. There are many other principles which play an important role in homeopathy and they will be discussed in the next blog. Watch out for part 2 of this blog.

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