Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was discovered over 200 years ago. It was discovered based on some very simple laws of nature that were discovered in the 5th century B.C. Homeopathy is practiced the same way it was then as it is today. Except today we have since discovered and proven many more homeopathic medicines. Four basic laws of nature that are the cornerstone of homeopathy are the Law of Similars, Principle of Individualization, Theory of Potentization and Law of Minimum Dose.
The Law of Similars says that disease can be healed by giving a substance that causes similar symptoms of that disease. A patient’s symptoms provide direct clues to what his/her body needs to get cured of their illness. For example, when one cuts up an onion, it may cause red, burning and watering eyes. These symptoms that cutting an onion may cause, is also how someone suffering from allergies may describe their allergy symptoms. In homeopathic medicine, the onion prepared homeopathically may cure these very allergy type symptoms of burning, red and watering eyes.
The development of the electron microscope led to the Genome Theory which categorically proves that every individual has a unique genetic map making him/her different from others. No two persons are alike. Similarly no two persons react alike in sickness. Though multiple people may have the same disease label, the symptoms of one patient differ from the symptoms of all others. A homeopath collects detailed information about each individual’s symptoms including mental, emotional and physical. This information is used to find a homeopathic medicine that matches the person’s unique “fingerprint”.
In an effort to prevent side effects, Dr. Hahnemann began successive dilution with agitation of his medicines, to find the point at which they would be therapeutic, but not toxic. This processing technique eliminates the toxic properties of a substance while retaining its deep healing qualities. Jacques Benveniste, was a French scientist, who in 1988 experimented to test the basic principles of homeopathy. He diluted a medicine with water until that substance was out of molecular existence and discovered that this dilution had the same effect on patients as the undiluted medicine. This is because water retains information of the substance and carries it through the cells of the body even after many water dilutions.
The homeopath calculates the minimum required dose of a specific medicine that is sufficient to stimulate the process of cure. The Arndt-Schutz Law states that small doses of medicine stimulate; medium doses paralyze, and large doses kill or suppress. Homeopathic medicines are thus given in extremely minute doses. Hormones and other physiologically active substances are present in the body in amounts so small as to have only recently been measurable – concentrations similar to those of low-potency homeopathic medicines.
These laws of nature that make up homeopathic medicine have not changed over the years unlike conventional medical theories which are constantly changing. Homeopathic medicine is just that ancient medicine that has not changed its way of practice. And it continues to be used all over the world with successful results. The only thing that has changed is adding new homeopathic medicine provings over the years.