WHAT IS HOMEOPATHY?
Since the formal inception of homeopathic practice by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1805, thousands of medical doctors have dedicated their lives to careful medical experimentation and observation of the effects of homeopathic remedies.
This ever-expanding understanding of the essential principles of the organization of life and the intricate interconnection between mental postures, emotional tendencies and physical symptoms is recorded in a vast Materia Medica of homeopathic research.
Homeopathy offers an understanding of how body, mind and emotions are all expressions of one “soul” (as defined by Plato), or one “state”. Every individual experiences his or her illness differently. A homeopathic remedy is not prescribed based on a set of symptoms or pathology, but to the unique state or experience of the individual. A homeopathic remedy strengthens a person’s particular constitution, assisting the body’s innate capacity for healing. Classical Homeopathy is, and always was, a holistic therapy, considering the body, mind and soul as a whole, rather than treating a disease and its symptoms.
Homeopathy, through its Materia Medica of possible remedy states, provides the most extensive spectrum of body-mind constitutions of any traditional, non-traditional, medical or psychological system. This modality is the most finely-tuned instrument of intervention available, and perhaps the most demanding on its practitioner. Homeopathy requires its practitioners to understand not only the dynamics of disease and the dynamic process of healing, but also the roles of consciousness and emotions in health.
To participate fully in this dynamic process, the homeopath must be able to perceive the individual’s essential nature, so that the right remedy can be chosen. This is also the most personally rewarding aspect for the practitioner, as the homeopath must be very conscious of his/her own nature or “soul” before being able to perceive and guide others to the depth where homeopathic healing occurs.
Homeopathic training at MICH involves careful and insightful observation. Students learn to be receptive to the body-mind state in themselves and in others. “Body-mind-soul” is an ever-present and extensively elaborated theme.
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What is “Classical” Homeopathy?
Here is a definition by David Little, from his article “What is classical homeopathy?”:
The term “Classical Homoeopathy” should refer to the philosophy and praxis founded in the “classics” of the homoeopathic healing art. These classics begin with the Organon of the Healing Arts, The Chronic Diseases, and the Lesser Writings of Samuel Hahnemann. All of the methodologies that originate in these works certainly qualify as being “classical” in the true sense of the word.
At the same time, the term classical refers to the period of great renaissance when our revolutionary art of healing was developed. This was the time of Samuel Hahnemann, Baron von Boenninghausen, Constantine Hering, G.H.G Jahr and the first generation. It is these individuals who developed the philosophy, recorded the first provings, wrote the first materia medicas, constructed the first repertories, and did the earliest experiments with potentized medicines.
Every established classical system is associated with certain maxims that express its core values. The four cardinal aphorisms of traditional Homoeopathy are Similars Cure Similars, the single remedy, the minimum dose and the application of the potentized remedy. These cardinal principles are then applied a number of ways that can be tailored to suit a wide variety of clinical situations.