Using Homeopathy to Treat Illness
Practising homeopathy is like detective work – remedies are prescribed according to the picture painted by the patient’s individual symptoms, desires and aversions.
Homeopathy was developed by German physicist Samuel Hahnemann. He discovered that a tiny amount of a substance that caused a disorder could stimulate the body’s defences to heal that disorder. Hahnemann believed that the signs of an illness were symptomatic of the body’s attempt to restore the harmony that had been lost, and so homeopathy treats the symptoms and causes rather than the disease itself.
A case for the individual – Therefore, it’s likely that people with the same illness may receive different remedies as the ailment caries from person to person. The case history of the patient, experiences of heat to cold, thirst or sleeplessness and any current desires and aversions are taken into account to help the homeopath decipher a healing remedy. Homeopathy doesn’t label disease, as it manifests differently in different people.
A little goes a long way – The effects of homeopathy are far more subtle than those of conventional medicine, but the remedies can have powerful effects. Still, the argument posed by detractors of the practice is that the remedies are too diluted to be effective; the active ingredients are so negligible that they couldn’t possibly produce a noticeable and lasting results.
Less is best – However, homeopaths have discovered that the more a substance is diluted, the more subtly it will act at a cellular and molecular level. Therefore, chronic illnesses are treated with a more diluted form while recent, acute illnesses are treated with a more concentrated one. That is not to say that you should double the dosage if the remedy had no effect after a week or so. Instead, you may need to select a different prescription.
There are no toxic side effects but a remedy can bring the illness to the surface for a day or two before the healing begins. Just one drop is all that’s needed to heal.