Patient information about Classic homeopathy
Homeopathy is an alternative remedy, which is based upon the " Similarity Principle". The name is derived from the Greek words "homoion" (=similar) and "pathos" (=complaint) and comes from the founder of scientific homeopathy, the physician, pharmacist and chemist, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (born1755 in Meissen and died 1843 in Paris). During many years of experimentation and close observation he established 2 extremely important facts about cures.
- 1. When you give a healthy individual certain natural substances regularly and in small doses, then they show symptoms which are typical for the substance taken. Many people already made similar observations themselves without probably thinking any more about it: Coffee makes your heart beat fast and causes insomnia, and when you chop onions they make you cry and sniff. It is also well known that different poisons produce different poisonous reactions than others. If you are poisoned by deadly nightshade you have different symptoms than someone poisoned by arsenic or by toadstools. In 1790 Hahnemann began to scientifically examine these symptoms by taking Peruvian bark, from which quinine is derived. After taking small amounts of Peruvian bark powder he became "ill" and had malaria type symptoms. As a result he gathered a group of volunteers and over many years proved both to them and to himself how many remedies worked and noted the exact symptoms that appeared. And so the Organon of medical art was created which explained what effect certain substances had on the human organism.
- 2. In further experiments, conducted over many years, he established that only the one medical substance is able to heal a sick individual. This medical profile must be similar to the symptom profile produced by a sick individual. Basically this means that e.g. a certain kind of headache can only be cured by one medicine, which would produce a similar type of headache in a healthy individual, a runny cold can only be improved by a medicine which would cause a runny cold (not a thicker mucus-like one) and so on. " Choose to be cured by a gentle, fast sure and lasting remedy which can cause the same complaint (homoion pathos) as well as cure it!" With this sentence Hahnemann summarised the basic principle of the cure that he discovered. Or in the words of the famous Hippocrates ( an ancient Greek doctor): "Similia Similibus curentur"=" similar should be cured by similar"
It is the responsibility of the homeopath to find for his patient a "Simile"(=similar) or even a "Simillimum" (= the most similar). For this he needs an accurate detailed description of the symptoms and signs, if possible including all previous medical findings. A great deal of time is required for this and in many cases of chronic illnesses it is even necessary for the patient to fill out a detailed " homeopathic questionnaire" . Here they must not neglect to mention not only previous illnesses but also where there is a family history.( parents and grandparents )
This individual case history, about which the homeopath must take, written notes, is absolutely essential for a detailed overview of all occurrences of illness in the life of the patient. The patient is asked to support this work to the best of his ability and never to keep quiet about something even if it is embarrassing, seems funny or insignificant. From this complete symptom profile the homeopath must find the most important symptoms which are similar to a certain remedy profile. He will then prescribe this remedy to the patient. In many long-term chronic illnesses, which have already been treated, with many medicines, it is extremely difficult to find this remedy- a real whole cure "Art". This requires a great deal of time and concentration and the homeopath must take his time going through many remedies in his books and notes and even enlist the help of the computer.
Hahnemann discovered in his research, which spanned over 50 years, that the places where the illnesses appear, the " symptoms and signs", are not the illness itself but only an expression of where it is seen and felt. In reality there is a force at work deep in the centre of an individual which is no longer in harmony and order and which then makes them ill. He calls this the "Vital Force" . This force gives life to the material part of our organism, which is made up of atoms, molecules, individual cells, groups of cells, organs etc. It preserves and controls all events in life (when we die it disappears) and to a certain extent "tells" all building blocks of this organism what to do and what not to do. This is how the vital force provides harmony and order. If signs of illness appear anywhere then it is a sign that the vital force is out of harmony. Under these circumstances bacteria or viruses may attack. The task then of a true healer must consist of bringing order and harmony back into the vital force by using suitable remedies. It is the only correct place where healing can really occur. This has 2 really important implications for the homeopath:
The acute and chronically ill are suitable for homeopathic treatment in so far as they are able to be cured at all. Once destruction of important tissues and organs has taken place no sensible person can expect a full recovery to take place, although even then partial success is possible.
- 1. When a patient has a specific localised illness (e.g. a stomach ulcer, tonsillitis, cystitis, a migraine, asthma, a leg ulcer etc.) then the homeopath knows that these are only outer signs of a disturbance in one's vital force. As such a disturbance can manifest itself elsewhere in the organism at the same time, he tries to discover such signs in the person as a whole (even how he is feeling). Only when he can comprehend all these signs and symptoms will he find the correct remedy. Classic Homeopathy is " A Complete Medicine which treats the Whole".
- 2. As the vital force is not anything material, but rather something energetic and dynamic, the medicines which return harmony to the body must not be material either. Accordingly Hahnemann developed, over many years of research, a definite procedure by which the remedies would be dematerialised and yet keep their effectiveness. Their effectiveness would in fact be increased. This is called "Potentisation" The original substance of the remedy is gradually diluted ( with alcohol or lactose) and at each step vigorously shaken or succussed. In this way many substances receive their deep curative power such as e.g cooking salt, iron, gold, copper etc. Many people mock these homeopathic "high potencies" and claim there is " nothing in it." Such a person only betrays the fact that he has not spiritually left the 19th century. Our space physicists control space stations weighing many tons with a single small radio signal. There is not a single material part in the radio signal It all depends on him using the correct radio signal otherwise nothing works. And so in homeopathy it depends upon the correct remedy being used otherwise no cure can take place.The homeopath never prescribes chemical poisons which often have such devastating effects on the human organism. In spite of their "harmlessness" homeopathic medicines can sometimes have considerable reactions, the so-called "initial change for the worse". These are for the most part an advantageous sign. The patients are asked to observe these and where possible to note them down as they are extremely important when assessing the progress of the cure. In many cases of chronic illness one does not get along with a homeopathic remedy and further steps must be taken.
Complete confidentiality, which applies equally to both doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine, ensures that the patient is treated with absolute discretion.
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