Philosophy of Homoeopathy

 

A study of any field of alternative medicine such as homeopathy is likely to take the student into a whole host of derivative concepts ranging from ancient religious rituals to quantum physics. Almost any book on the subject is going to contain a full range of holistic jargon that has no agreed upon meaning by people in the field. "We are fields of energy with a reality separate from the mind" we might be told. There is nothing wrong here in the sense that any assertion can be proved or disproved. The problem is that people are answering a question that we don't know about yet. Does the answer tell us why we get sick and what the process will be to get better? Are we accepting the process on faith as a substitute for what we might discover is a principle that can be used to improve our current health practice?

The establishment doctors have stayed away from developing the same sort of holistic principles and rely on chemical effects and lab tests resulting in more detailed information. They look on the alternative field with cynicism and containing a lack of ability to provide the bridge that would they would like to arrive at so that the laws of healing would derive benefit to the unquestionably disordered bodies they see but have no hope of helping. The current popularity of mind-body study has not brought a solid bond between the need of logical inquiry and the desire to understand the murky connection between the curative powers of the mind and the illness. Instead it has opened the door to the dialog of internal mythologies which ends in belief or disbelief by a matter of faith. On this web site, there will be no mention of metaphysical concepts unless they are labeled as such and the known facts surrounding the important principles are revealed.

 

One of the basic tenets of homeopathic philosophy is the idea that a small dose of a substance will stimulate healing of symptoms that are the same or similar to those that the same substance creates in overdose. The potentially toxic plant, Belladonna, for example, causes a hot flushed face and dilated pupils in overdose, but is highly effective in treating fever when the face is hot and flushed and the pupils a bit dilated. This principle of like treats like reminds us of a similar principle in naturopathic philosophy. Nowhere is the philosophy of honoring and working with the wisdom of the body more present than in the practice of homeopathy. In administering a dilution of a substance that in a material dose causes the very symptoms we desire to cure, homeopaths acknowledge the symptoms as the body's attempt to cure. The minute, diluted dose of the similar substance enables the symptom to move on through and do its intended work. Symptoms disappear, not because they have been eradicated, but rather, because the healing process renders them no longer necessary. Homeopathic medicines are prepared by a series of dilutions.

 

The substances commonly utilized to prepare homeopathic remedies originate in nature. Plants, minerals and animal substances provide the raw material for most of the remedies that are used in everyday practice. Some less common remedies are prepared from diseased tissue. These special remedies are called nosodes. On an even rarer occasion, a remedy may be made from a drug. This last type of remedy is generally used to help a patient wean off of a drug that is causing withdrawal symptoms.