What is Homeopathy?

what is homeopathy What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicinal treatment that involves using extremely diluted substances, which are primarily ingested in tablet form; the goal is to trigger the body’s natural healing system. Depending on the symptoms that are presenting, the homeopath will then decide which medicine will be needed for the treatment of the symptom.

The basic idea behind homeopathy is treating a “like with a like” Let’s first look at how this concept is used in modern medicine. A treatment for many allergy patients is to introduce minute amounts of pollen into their system via medication. Overtime this will build up the patient’s resistance to the pollen and their severe allergies will become a thing of the past. Another example is that the common treatment for children with ADHD is to give them a stimulant, Ritalin. Time and time again the treatment of “like with a like” can be found in modern medicine. In the case of homeopathy let’s look at a common treatment. First let’s look at the symptom. Let’s say the patient is suffering from sleeplessness and agitation. What naturally occurring substance could cause this? Drinking too much coffee can cause this, caffeinated coffee that is. So the treatment for these symptoms is minute doses of coffee, which in turn alleviate the symptoms of sleeplessness and agitation. The key difference in homeopathy and traditional medicine is that the dilutions are in ultra high doses which make the medicines non toxic.

These remedies are prepared by pharmacists that specialize in homeopathy. They implement a process which carefully uses dilution and succession. Succession is a process of vigorous shaking. Modern science can not yet explain how these remedies work, yet time and again the effectiveness has been proven in laboratory conditions. For instance thyroxine, which is a hormone found in frogs can be prepared as a homeopathic remedy that can dramatically slow down the metamorphosis of tiny tadpoles into adult frogs.

It is theorized that through the dilution and succession of the homeopathic process causes an interaction with the water and alcohol and the original material that it is mixed with. By doing this now structures are formed, these structures called nanostructures are the active ingredient.

The German doctor Samuel Hahnemann discovered homeopathy. He was appalled at the treatments of the day such as blood-letting, purging, and wide spread use of poisons such as mercury and arsenic. The toxicity of many of the medicines of the day was of grave concern to him. He began experimenting on himself and other healthy patients with lower and lower doses of the medicines of the day. He found that many times, the lower doses caused fewer side effects and were more effective the lower the dose.

Further research found that medicines that were showing effectiveness of the day caused the same side effects of the disease they were treating, such as Mercury treatment for those suffering from syphilis. From these observation sprung the “like with a like” theory and homeopathy was born.

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