Thursday, June 08, 2006

Principles of Homeopathy

Some of the basic principles of classical homeopathy as described by its founder are are:
Diseases represent a disturbance in the body you require only a small stimulus to begin the healing process.
Seven eighths of all chronic diseases are due to suppressed skin or emotional condition. Even before it manifests in symptoms, the disorder has begun.
The totality of symptoms has to be considered. Detailed history taking is important to get the complete picture of the patient.
Treatment is individualized. No two persons have exactly the same constitution. Though symptoms they may produce may be similar, their reaction to the same medication may be different. For e.g. No two individuals are same not their sitting pattern, nor their behavior is same, they respond differently to the same stimulus. Even the monozygotic twins do not react in the same way. Even the veins of the leaves of the same plant are not the same. So the disease picture expressed by each individual is also different .So the medicine which will be required is the one that suits to the constitution of the patient.

Treatment is aimed not at the suppression of symptoms or treatment of the symptoms but it is the removal of the disease from within outwards and permanently.

The Four Fundamental Laws

The Law of Similars
This is the core concept of homeopathy. The cure mimics the symptoms of the disease. This works on the understanding that a “symptom” is not something that has to be controlled, but is an expression that the body is making an attempt to cope with the disease.

We get a fever when the body is already in the act of fighting a viral or bacterial infection. Homeopathic medicines therefore will make the body react as it would naturally when it tries to fight a disease.

For instance, if Malaria produces fever and chills, the homeopathic medicine for malaria will produce similar symptoms in a healthy person, and in an affected person, it helps to cure the disease –which means like cures like.

The Single Remedy
According to homeopathy one simple medicinal substance/mixture is given to the patient at a time. We do not require too many or to complicated medicines to treat the disease condition. The medication and the dosage will depend on each patient’s constitution.The understanding here is that the disturbance in the Vital level and this manifestation is in the form symptoms. These symptoms express inner disturbance which need correction.

The Minimum Dose
The smallest possible dose of homoeopathic medicine, just strong enough to create the stimulation of the system which is considered adequate. The medicines are diluted mainly with water or vehicle to one in 99 parts of vehicle and often this is further and further diluted multiple times to release the energy.

As homeopathic medicines are human specific and that is the reason why it is so effective in treating the sick individual who also expresses his symptoms individuality.

The Direction of Cure
Cure takes place from above downward, from within outward, from a more important organ to a less important organ; symptoms disappear in the reverse order of their appearance, the first to appear being the last to disappear.
For e.g. if you have walked a particular way in a room you will follow the same way to go out.

Suppose you have suffered from cold followed by asthma .The when cure takes place the asthma will get alright first then the cold will reoccur and finally the cold get better and the patient cured.

Another e.g. if patient suffered from skin problem which was suppressed and the patient develops insomnia when treated homeopathic medicines first the insomnia will get alright and then the skin eruptions will come back and finally everything will settle down that is cure as it is termed.
Article is written by
Dr.Santosh Joshi
Homeopathic consultant
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