physician's highest calling, his only calling,
is to make sick people healthy --- to heal ---
as it is termed. The highest ideal of therapy is
to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently;
to remove and destroy the whole disease in the
shortest, surest, least harmful way, according
to clearly comprehensible principles."
Samuel Hahnemann, Father of Homeopathy
Organon of Medicine, 1810.
is a complete system of natural medicine that has been
in worldwide use for over 200 years. It is a profoundly
effective, safe and gentle system of healing which works
by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal
itself. It will not just drive away the symptoms but
addresses the cause of the illness. It views the illness
as more spiritual in nature, much as Chinese and
India’s Ayurvedic medicine espouses the idea that
illness results from an imbalance within the body.
is a holistic medicine as it treats the whole person on
mental, emotional and physical levels. It sees all
symptoms of disease as expressions of disharmony within
the whole person and recognizes that it is the
individual who needs treatment, not only the disease.
For a cure to occur, an internal single remedy for the
whole person will be needed, rather than a number of
different remedies for each ailment.
concepts have existed for thousands of years but
it was the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann who in
the 18th century first made these concepts into
a comprehensive system of healing principles and
practices. The most fundamental of these
principles is the Law of Similars or ‘like
cures like’. The law of similars states that
the symptoms that a substance causes in a
healthy individual are the symptoms that the
same substance in a small dose can cure in a
person’s diseased state.
onion for example. We know that when cutting a strong
onion we often experience a discharge from nose, a
particular soreness in the throat and stinging, runny
eyes. A homeopath will prescribe Allium cepa (the
homeopathic remedy made from onion) for the patient who
has a cold and bad sore throat with these particular
session with a homeopathic practitioner is a unique
experience for someone accustomed to conventional
medicine. The first task of the homeopathic practitioner
is to record all physical, mental, and emotional
symptoms that will determine the patient’s remedy.
the homeopathic consultation you will be asked to talk
not only about your complaints, but also about the
individual way in which you experience them, your
reactions to them and how they affect your life. As the
homeopathic doctor sees every disease as a mind-body
process, your personality traits are as important as
your physical symptoms.
remedies are non-toxic, non-habit forming, free from
side effects and gentle in their action. They are easy
to take and pleasant to the taste.
homeopathic remedy acts as a signal, which stimulates
body’s self-healing powers, mobilizing the defense
systems and working on the mental, emotional and
physical aspect of the body.
remedies may be prescribed in a number of different
strengths, or potencies as they are called, and in
different ways. The homeopathic doctor chooses the
method to suit the patient and the nature of the
depends very much on the individual characteristics of
your disease, age, and energy level.
Potential of Homeopathy
is used by hundreds of millions of people
worldwide. It has enjoyed the patronage of the
British royal family for the past four
generations It is particularly effective in
treating chronic illnesses that fail to response
to conventional treatment.
who have had homeopathic treatment generally find that
their state of health and well-being has improved. They
are better to resist infection and have a greater sense
of stability and individual purpose in life.
long-term benefit of homeopathy to the patient is that
it not only alleviates the presenting symptoms but it
reestablishes internal order at the deepest levels and
thereby provides a lasting cure.
Can Homeopathy Treat?
can have a therapeutic effect on almost any disease or
following are just some examples of conditions that can
be prevented or helped with homeopathy:
common diseases: cold, flu, migraine, hay fever,
bronchitis, allergic conditions
eruptions, rashes, acne
bowel syndrome, bladder problems, eating disorders,
conditions: PMS, periods and menopause disorders
conditions, anxiety, depression, stress reactions,
sleeping disorders, epilepsy
fatigue, auto immune diseases, arthritis
diseases: colic, teething, bed wetting, learning
Homeopathy has Proven Effective
can be used in first aid or emergency situations, acute
illness, and long-term chronic conditions, as well as
emotional problems, obstetrical and pediatric
conditions. It also can be extremely useful as a
preventive medicine for constitutional strengthening. It
is also safe to use during pregnancy and for infants and
In all cases, the remedy is selected on the totality of
the symptoms you express, along with the uniqueness of
each personality and the information you give to the
First Aid or Emergencies
Includes treatment and / or speeds up the healing
process for such injuries and emergencies as sprains and
bruises, broken bones, minor burns, skin irritations,
insect stings / bites, and teething or tooth pain.
Generally defined as symptoms that will eventually go
away on their own. Includes colds, flu, coughs, sprains.
Homeopathy can also be used to assist sensitive but
acute conditions such as morning sickness or other
illnesses during pregnancy.
Beneficial for many auto-immune diseases,
gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, recurring
ear infections, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines,
asthma, allergies, hormonal disorders, depression,
grief, behavior disorders, and arthritis. Since
homeopathy treats the person, not the disease, it can be
useful in addressing a wide range of disorders. Even in
advanced cases, where curative treatment isn’t
possible, homeopathic medicines may prove effective in
improving quality of life.
In this category, the patient’s goal is improvement or
strengthening of his or her general overall health.
Homeopathic treatment on a constitutional level can
boost the weak constitution and decrease its
susceptibility to disease or illness.
Over 200 years ago, a German physician, Dr. Samuel
Hahnemann (1755-1843), developed a system of medical
treatment called Homeopathy. Based on his observations
and experiments, he formulated the Principle of
Similarity, which states that substances which cause
reactions in a healthy body or mind can be used in an
extremely diluted form to treat the same reactions when
part of a disease process.
He devoted his life to developing this system, in part
by performing Provings, in which healthy humans are
given small experimental doses of the substance to gauge
the effects. Hahnemann proved almost every remedy of his
time on himself while he was alive.
In 1810, Dr. Hahnemann published the first edition of
the Organon. Five more editions appeared during his
lifetime; the sixth was written in 1842 and published
posthumously. Even today, every serious study of
homeopathy begins with the Organon. The most advanced
homeopaths base their practice on the 6th Organon. See
in the U.S.
In 1825, several physicians who had studied in Europe
brought homeopathy to the United States. Soon, other
doctors followed their lead. By the mid-1800's, several
medical colleges taught homeopathy, growing to 22 within
a few decades. Faced with a popular rival, the medical
establishment soon drove homeopathy into the background.
By the 1940s, homeopathy was no longer officially taught
in the U.S.
In recent decades, homeopathy has enjoyed a resurgence.
Physicians don’t have treatments for many diseases.
Some patients find homeopathy when forced out of the
medical world. Others seek more holistic approaches to
healing or don’t want the side effects of drug
therapy, a common western way of suppressing symptoms.
read Dr. Joseph Mercola's excellent article entitled,
Economics, and Government
on the history of
Homeopathy in the U.S.
Samuel Hahnemann's revolutionary system of healing is
based on the four fundamental principles:
• the law of similars
• the single remedy,
• the minimal dose, and
• the potentized remedy
Law of Similars
The total picture of the patient should be as similar as
possible to the drug picture of the selected remedy.
This is known as “similia similibus curentur” or
“likes cure likes.” This principle states that any
remedy that can make you ill also can cure you – if
customized to fit the individual. That is why the same
illness in two patients may call for two different
"Unitary" or, more often termed,
“classical” homeopathy means that only one remedy is
given at a time because only one remedy can correspond
properly to a patient’s complete condition. A
prescription that doesn’t aim for this totality
isn’t homeopathic. Homeopathy is based on provings,
and there have never been provings done on a combination
Remedies are diluted to extremely small or infinitesimal
doses. That’s because in homeopathy, less is more.
This also allows almost any substance to be used as
remedies without any side effects. Homeopathic remedies
are thought to work on a deep plane and resonate with
the body, triggering a positive healing response from
the person’s own vital force.
Disease occurs on an energetic level. So does
homeopathy. All remedies undergo a process to increase
their healing energy — first, dilution of ingredients,
then a vigorous shaking (succussion). It is believed
that when a remedy is succussed or shaken vigorously,
the water molecules take on a photographic memory of the
original substance. The more a remedy is diluted, the
stronger its ability to stimulate healing becomes.
useful principles of homeopathy to understand:
A carefully chosen homeopathic medicine stimulates the
body’s healing process. The idea is to gently
encourage the movement toward health. A remedy that is
too strong or given too often can result in an
aggravation, where symptoms are temporarily intensified.
While some homeopaths believe an aggravation is
necessary to procure a healing, this isn’t so.
However, aggravations are sometimes unavoidable if there
have been many years of suppression of symptoms with
A homeopathic remedy must be customized to fit the
individual with that disease, an approach called
"individualization." The totality of the
symptoms gathered -- physical, emotional and mental --
will guide the homeopath to the correct diagnosis and
Each homeopathic medicine is first tested in healthy
volunteers and their symptoms recorded to develop a
complete profile of the remedy. Such trials are known as
"provings." Since all remedies have been
proved before used clinically, we can predict the kind
of symptoms they will cure in advance. This is one of
the great things about homeopathy.
According to homeopathic thinking, a disease originates
from a disturbance of the patient’s "vital
force." This is the essential energy that sustains
life. Homeopathic remedies seek to restore balance and
fundamental strength to the life force.
Nobel Scientist Discovers Scientific Basis of Homeopathy
not only treats diseases but it can also
maintain health and prevent illness. It can
correct imbalances long before the appearance of
the more serious symptoms, which denote a
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