Homeopathy and PC1

What is Homeopathy?

Hippocrates was a Greek physician born in 460 BC on the island of Cos, Greece. He became known as the founder of medicine and was regarded as the greatest physician of his time. Many doctors in the world today when receiving his or her licence takes the Hippocratic oath, based on the original text that is included in the Declaration of Geneva.

What not all doctors in the world know is that Hippocrates already in his time mentioned that there are two principles that can be used to cure symptoms. Substances can be used that create opposite symptoms - Contraria Contraribus Curentur - and substances can be used that can cause similar symptoms - Similia Similibus Curentur. The contraria principle is what underlies regular medicine that is based on suppressing symptoms and killing microbes that cause diseases. The similia principle is the one used in homeopathy. This principle is based on resonance, and it is this healing principle of resonance that according to Hippocrates is the superior one.

Homeopathy is now used world wide in most countries and there are around 100,000 practicing homeopaths, thousands of journals and pharmacies, and tens of thousands of books on it. Homeopathy is based the Law of Similars, or Like cures Like. This law is based on the observation that substances that are capable of causing disorders and symptoms in healthy people can be used in dilute form as medicines to treat similar disorders and symptoms in someone who is ill.

Arsenic can be taken as an example. Arsenic poisoning causes many symptoms, like diarrhoea and vomiting. The homeopathic remedy Arsenicum album, diluted far below toxic levels, can therefore be prescribed to patients that suffer from diarrhoea and vomiting together.

The key to successful homeopathic treatment is identifying the similarity between the effects of the original substance in healthy people and the pattern of the illness in the individual who is ill.

Homeopathic medicines are not so much chosen to match the disease but rather to match the individual with that disease and the unique way in which the disease expresses itself in this person. This process is called individualisation. The very same disease in another patient will most often be cured with an entirely different medicine. Thus we could have two different medicines that cure two different patients diagnosed with the same problem. This principal of individualisation is emphasized because any particular disease or illness manifests itself differently in individual patients. The pattern of clinical symptoms and signs will differ in some details from person to person. This is true of the actual condition itself, but even more so if other characteristics of the patient like changes in mood, thirst, appetite, reaction to temperature, and other body functions are taken into account. The actions of the homeopathic medicine must match these individual characteristics of the illness if it is to have a therapeutic effect.

Homeopathy is based on the philosophy that the body, mind and emotions are not really separate and distinct, but are actually fully integrated. Based on this perspective, a homeopath seeks a medicine that fits all of a patient's physical and psychological symptoms.

The action of homeopathic medicines is to enable the natural self-regulating mechanisms in the mind and body to function more efficiently, and to mobilize and reinforce the healing resources, which already naturally exist. Actually, instead of defeating or covering up diseases, it facilitates healing. Choosing the right prescription is like choosing the precise key needed to switch on this process. Homeopathy does not seek to remove or suppress symptoms. Its goal is to recognize and remove the underlying cause of these symptoms. This is why a homeopath will work towards understanding the whole person - including their body, mind and emotional state - before prescribing a medicine.

When accurately implemented, homeopathic treatment can elicit a profound healing response. Homeopathy can be extremely effective in treating acute conditions as well as chronic and long-term health problems.

Homeopathic remedies can be prepared from a wide variety of sources, mainly of mineral, plant or animal origin.