Homeopathy is a holistic approach to treatment and its origins can be traced back to the late eighteenth century.
The main principle upon which the discipline is founded is that the administering of substances that can cause symptoms in healthy people will be able to alleviate those very same symptoms in sick patients if administered in very dilute quantities. This approach has been found to have some merit and has become increasingly popular because of the lack of side effects. It is believed that homeopathy treatment act as a stimulant for the body’s own healing mechanism. Homeopathy is therefore a holistic medicine that is closely related to many of the natural and alternative treatments like herbal medicine and naturopathic medicine.
To give you a better perspective of homeopathy medicine we can say that it rests on three basic principles.
Cold Kills Cold: This is a philosophy similar to the treatment of certain allergies today. According to this belief, if the symptoms of your sickness, whether a flu or a cold, are similar to the symptoms manifested from mercury poisoning, then it would serve as your homeopathic remedy.
Infinitesimal Dose: According to this principle the potency of homeopathic remedies increases, the more diluted it is. Homeopathy remedies are therefore almost always highly diluted to the extent that the average proportion would be 1: 1,000,000,000,000.
Medical Monotheism: It is always a single remedy that is administered, even in the presence of multiple symptoms, and this single remedy is aimed at all the symptoms.
These principles are in fact displayed in conventional treatments today for allergies and a number of vaccines as well, where the allergen is administered in a miniscule dose or an impotent sample of the virus is administered to strengthen and prepare the immune system against that very same virus. Homeopathic cures therefore have a firm scientific basis that has been tested.
The second principle also lends a great deal of merit to the discipline and adds to the notion of homeopathic natural remedies and homeopathic home remedies.
This is because no matter how toxic the remedy might be the remedy administered is in so diluted a form that it may leave no chemical trace whatsoever. According to practitioners of homeopathic therapy the remedy is still so potent because of the retention of the original substance’s electromagnetic energy alone. This means that while the toxic side effects are eliminated the healing effects are still present as these electromagnetic forces alone are enough to stimulate natural healing.
An important aspect of the single remedy principle is that every illness is regarded as individual specific, which means that the remedy for the same illness may not necessarily prescribed to both patients experiencing the same condition. This aspect of homeopathy is a lot more important than it appears to be. It requires intense investigation and research on the part of the doctor, so that he can profile the patient’s lifestyle, diet and character traits, as well as gather illness and symptom specific information.
This is therefore tedious and time consuming and requires great attention to detail, for any thorough case building. This is what makes homeopathic treatment so challenging – an inaccurate profile, results in an inaccurate diagnosis and improper treatment, while meticulous profiling and the appropriate prescription can work like a miracle.
There are a number of homeopathic herbal remedies that have been found to be quite effective, like Chamomilla, which is an extract from chamomile, and Allium cepa, a red onion extract, among many others. Some of the other effective alternative homeopathy treatments include Apis, made from bees, and Arsenicum album, an arsenic derivative, to name a few.