Herbs & Contemporary Homeopathy

What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a scientific system of health care which activates the body’s own healing processes, allowing the body to heal naturally, gently and promptly. Homeopathy is a natural pharmaceutical science that uses very small or infinitesimal doses of substances from all three realms of nature — plant, mineral and animal, to activate the body’s system to initiate the healing response. The word homeopathy is derived from the Greek “homoios” meaning singular and “pathos” meaning suffering.

The science of homeopathy was founded in the early 1800’s by a German physician and chemist, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, while doing research into the toxicological effects of the medicines of his time. Dr. Hahnemann discovered that a specific dilution of a substance would remove the very symptoms that same substance was capable of provoking when undiluted. Through numerous experiments he advanced the theory that “likes are cured by likes” and today it is a verified law of pharmacology: “The Law of Similars.”

For example, if one drinks too much coffee, the mind races and prevents sleep; the nervous system gets on edge and trembling may even result. A specifically prepared dilution of coffee will gently and promptly reverse these types of symptoms.

Ipecac in a large dose causes nausea and vomiting. An ill person suffering from the same or similar symptoms improves after taking a specifically prepared homeopathic dose of Ipecac.

Another example would be cooks slicing onions. The eyes will burn and water profusely and the nose, too, may water and sneezing may occur. However, if they had not been handling onions, they would probably be thought to be suffering from the symptoms of hay fever. As you might expect, one remedy for this condition is the onion, specifically diluated by exact homeopathic instructions.

What Type Of Disease Can Homeopathy Treat?

Homeopathy does not treat diseases per se. Homeopathy activates the body’s own healing processes in both the physical and mental/emotional levels. The range of problems in which homeopathy can be effectively utilized is extensive and includes first aid, acute illnesses, and all manner of chronic conditions.