Homeopathy is often described as a form of natural medicine, which uses “The Law of Similars”. The Law of Similars basically states that a substance, which causes a illness can also be used to treat that illness. Synthetic vaccinations are based on the same premise that, “like cures like”, as they derive from the same virus that they are intended to prevent. However, homeopathic remedies derive from natural elements to include plants, minerals and animals.
Classical Homeopathy is based on the teachings of Samuel Hahnemann who at the end of the eighteenth century set out to use natural elements to treat illness. Hahnemann believed that the remedy for an illness must elicit the same symptoms of the illness in a healthy person. By combining information regarding the client’s mental, physical, and emotional symptoms the practitioner should be able to determine a single remedy to treat the illness. Based on Hahnemanns teachings classical homeopaths only believe in administering one remedy at a time.
Constitutional homeopathy focuses on treating the person as a whole. Symptoms of acute illnesses come and go and manifest in various ways. However, homeopaths believe that there is only one disease, which causes an overall constitutional weakness. Based on this assumption they seek to determine the primary constitutional weakness of an individual and match those symptoms with the appropriate remedy. The practitioner selects one remedy based on the mental and physical symptoms of the client that have developed over an extended period of time. The remedy does not account for symptoms associated with an acute illness. The practitioner is more concerned with the general constitution of the individual not especially in the
variations associated with acute illnesses.
Determining the Correct Remedy
In order for the homeopathic practitioner to determine the most appropriate remedy for a client they must conduct a very thorough assessment. An assessment of a client begins with a visual observation of the client upon arrival, how they present themselves (i.e.: are they anxious, talkative, withdrawn), and a thorough evaluation of the illness itself including symptoms, onset, and any contributing factors such as stress or diet. The practitioner will refer to the homeopathic materia medica, which is based on the provings of thousands of remedies. Provings derive from giving healthy subjects small doses of a single substance every day until symptoms appear. Based on the “law of similars”, the substance would be used to treat whatever condition elicited the same symptoms.
Treating the Person as a Whole
As was stated earlier homeopathic practitioners don’t just treat the client’s symptoms, they treat the person individually and as a whole. This approach is based on the belief that everyone’s biological terrain is as different as each individual is different. There is not one generic remedy for a person or an illness. The practitioner must conclude painstakingly through the assessment which remedy is specific for each individual.
Choosing Homeopathy for Primary Care
One of the many benefits of choosing homeopathy for primary care is that the remedies work rather quickly if chosen and administered properly. If the correct remedy has been administered it is likely that the client may never need to return for a follow-up. Because homeopathic remedies work to stimulate the bodies own natural healing powers they elicit very few if any side effects. Homeopathic remedies also have the added benefit of being easy to administer. Most remedies are applied to a very small sugar pill, therefore, people who would normally have a difficult time taking pills or capsules find this method much more acceptable.
Homeopathy is based on empirical data that has been collected for centuries. Despite the extensive assessment homeopathy is a practical choice because it is easy to administer, safe and effective.
© Natalie Vickery, 2007