What is Homeopathy

Homeopathy’s Ancient Roots

Homeopathy is the central branch of the three branches of western medicine as described by Hippocrates, the founder of Western medicine in 500 BC.

What is homeopathy

Hippocrates posed that medicine be based on the three laws of cure. The first law of cure, “Vis Medicatrix Naturae”, involves the necessary actions when the first signs of symptoms appear, such as: resting, drinking water, breathing fresh air, doing light movements, and supporting bodily functions. Today, this branch is known as Naturopathy.

When these measures are not enough to bring about a total cure on their own, then the second mode of cure must be applied: “Similia Similibus Curentur” meaning “like cures like”, or what is known today as Homeopathy. Hippocrates described this method as finding something similar in nature to the individual, by taking into account the entire body-mind constitution of the individual, as one does in all traditional medicines such as Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He proposed taking ⅛ of ⅛ of ⅛ of a drop of these natural tinctures which had been observed to act as a tonic, supporting the entire organization of the organism.

The famous Hippocratic Oath, which all medical practitioners must take, is the promise that one “Does No Harm” in the practice of medicine. One must be useful and most importantly, not interfere: “Primum non nocere”. 

Therefore it is only when the body’s efforts to throw off the disease, such as fever, diarrhea, and other upheavals threaten the life of the individual, that one resorts to the third branch: “Contraria Contraribus Curantur” meaning the use of Contraries, and what is called “Allopathy”. Because of the action of stopping the body’s processes, allopathic interventions often have the prefix “anti” such as anti-biotics, anti-depressants etc., to denote that they interfere with, suppress, or stop the natural healing response of the body in order to manage symptoms. Since the advent of antibiotics and their expanded use post WW1, this one branch has unfortunately become the mainstay of western medicine.

But allopathy was never intended to be applied without the support of the first two, Naturopathy and Homeopathy.

Without the two other branches, cure is often incomplete, and the mere suppression of symptoms by allopathy can lead to undesirable side effects.

The Development of Classical Homeopathy

The principle of “Similia Similibus Curentur” continued to be practiced by the herbalists in the monasteries that served as hospitals throughout the middle ages.

By 1805, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, after years of translating ancient texts describing cases where Similars Cure Similars, understood the importance of putting emphasis on the single remedy and the minimum dose. He systemized the ancient practice of extracting the energetic signature, by creating a process of dilution and dynamization, yielding “potentized” medicines able to resonate with the “vital force” or “vital field” of the individual, and testing them in double-blind experiments.

Since homeopathy’s formal inception by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, thousands of medical doctors have dedicated their lives to continuing the careful double-blind experimentation called ”provings”. These, combined with clinical observations of the effects of homeopathic remedies, have created the largest existing understanding of the intricate interconnection between mental postures, emotional tendencies and physical symptoms of any traditional, non-traditional, medical or psychological system. This ever-expanding holistic resource is recorded in a vast Materia Medica of homeopathic research.

Samuel Hahnemann

Classical Homeopathy offers an understanding of how the body, mind and emotions are all expressions of one internal “state”, one organizing holistic principle or “soul” (as defined by Plato).

A homeopathic remedy is prescribed based on the unique state or experience of the individual, and NOT on a random set of symptoms or pathology. 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.

An Ancient Medicine with Quantum Effects

Over 200 years of double blind experimentation and clinical experience have proven homeopathy’s efficacy. But how does it work?

What is homeopathy

The mechanism by which these energetic extractions elicit miraculous healings remained elusive until the advent of Quantum Physics and the understanding that everything, down to the smallest atom owes its particular characteristics and behavior to ‘Field Properties’. Dr. Hahnemann compared the action of the remedies to that of the only known quantum fields of his time: the magnetic field and the gravitational field; explanations, which, in the early 1800’s, were long before science had begun to understand energy, waveforms, and quantum physics.

Current research in Biology, and in particular, Quantum Biology have confirmed the existence of an underlying field of organization which informs and directs the activities of cells and of organisms. Quantum phenomena are associated with the subatomic activity of metabolic processes, the sense of smell, photosynthesis, and many processes fundamental to life. These processes are synchronized and organized through the intelligent action of the mitochondrial network in every cell, and throughout the body.

It is the mitochondria that inform and direct the activities of every cell in the organism. It is through signals picked up by the mitochondria that the Homeopathic remedy, with its field properties, holistically supports the realignment and renewed coherency of the body’s Vital Field, restoring the body to its natural state of homeostasis and health.

A homeopathic remedy operates as a sort of “tuning fork” for an organism’s vital field, resonating at a specific frequency that must match the individual’s vital field. Homeopathy is the most finely-tuned form of intervention available, integrating not only the dynamics of disease and the dynamic process of healing, but also the roles of consciousness and emotions in health.

Because homeopathy acts on the whole system, when a simillimum – or match – is found, changes are felt on all levels, not only at the site of the symptoms. Clients feel better physically and emotionally. Their attitude shifts towards greater optimism, their mental clarity increases and they have more energy.

The vital energy that was caught in the disturbance is released and liberated, and a new level of vitality and health emerges on every level of being. During this subtle yet profound process, we are working together as collaborators and partners, to serve the whole person. The body rebalances, and the mind is freed, with a renewed sense of purpose in the individual. General well being increases, and relating to life becomes more meaningful.

What is in a Homeopathic Remedy?

Homeopathy has the broadest pharmacopeia of any medical modality in existence with over 5000 clinically proven remedies, each with distinct characteristics. The remedies are made from whole and healthy plant, mineral, and animal sources in nature.

Homeopathic medicines, apothecary bottles

Everything in existence has a waveform frequency, or energetic signature. Water molecules vibrate at a specific frequency as well, but this frequency can be modified in a laboratory process called “potentization” or “dynamization”, in which the waveform frequency of a natural source is imprinted onto the base frequency of water molecules.

Unlike an herbal remedy, a homeopathic remedy contains no molecular or atomic substance. What remains of the original plant, animal or mineral source once a remedy is potentized, is only its particular waveform frequency or “energetic signature”. Thus, unlike herbal preparations, homeopathic remedies can be used alongside any pharmaceutical prescription without any contra-indications.

Let’s look at a common remedy as an example
- Pulsatilla

Anemone Quinquefolia, or Wind Flower, source for the homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla Nigricans

The Pulsatilla flower pictured above grows in very high, rocky, and mountainous areas where there is little soil, much wind, and little moisture. In order to survive these austere conditions, it never totally disconnects from the mother plant.

From the provings of Pulsatilla, a compiled list of physical, mental and emotional symptoms are reported, for example:
  • Can be manipulative to get attention;
  • Places responsibility on others;
  • Seeks CONSOLATION, clinging to others, mother;
  • Chilly, yet absolutely INTOLERANT of any form of HEAT;
  • Better OPEN AIR;
  • Craving for open air [wants windows and doors open];
  • Changeable, shifting symptoms;
  • Better GENTLE MOTION. Better walking slowly.

From the Materia Medica for Pulsatilla, we learn that the individual who will benefit from this remedy has little thirst and is often chilly, yet likes open air and open spaces. A child will tend to be very clingy, holding onto his or her mother fearfully. Adults will show signs of clinginess by seeking consolation or the attention of others.

A patient who experiences asthma attacks in a warm, closed room, which are somewhat relieved when the window is opened and fresh air is allowed in, or when outside in the fresh air, and who also shows signs of neediness – needing a lot of attention from his or her partner and family, constantly seeking reassurance and consolation – may be greatly helped with a single dose of homeopathic Pulsatilla.

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