MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HOMEOPATHY
There are many misconceptions about homeopathy. A frequently asked question is the difference between homeopathy and herbalism. Herbs have chemical actions based on pharmaceutical constituents. For example, the oestrogenic steroidal glycosides in Dioscorea, the wild yam, form the basis of many menopausal preparations, and the bitter alkaloids in Taraxacum, dandelion root, stimulate bile production and thus bowel movement in the treatment of constipation.
However homeopathy is based on the scientifically reproducible homeopathic principle called ‘the Law of Similars’. This means that the remedy for any individual illness is that very substance that can produce a similar symptom picture and pattern of illness in a healthy person. The drug Ritalin is an allopathic example. Ritalin is used to calm down hyperactive children, but can have a stimulating effect in normally active children and adults. Apis mel, made from the potentised honeybee, cures ailments that have redness, burning, stinging and swelling, whether on the tonsils, joints or skin, based on the similarity of the symptoms to the bee sting. The genius of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, had developed a methodology that made the principle of similarity safe and effective.
Current research indicates that homeopathy works based not on chemical processes, but in terms of the energies of electrons, the miraculously changing shape of the water molecule, and quantum physics, a scientific paradigm that is already a century old yet barely integrated into our training and thinking. Nuclear magnetic resonance experiments with potentised homeopathic remedies have shown them to be energetically and electrically active, despite the high dilutions. In time we will possibly see how our body ‘resonates’ at particular frequencies of energy when in balance versus when ill, and how these correspond to various energetic homeopathic remedies. So the 200-year-old system of homeopathy continues to grow and develop, and is being shown to be an extremely effective modern answer to our illnesses of psyche and body.
A MODERN ANSWER TO RESTORING BALANCE
Homeopathy is holistic in concept and aims at eliminating all ‘obstacles to cure’. Treatment with a homeopath incorporates correct dietary principles, vitamin therapy when necessary, medical tests, and referrals to practitioners of psychotherapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, or even surgery in individual cases. For example, in iron-deficiency anaemia, iron may well have to be supplemented to the patient’s regimen, but the causes of iron loss or the lack of absorption of iron requires the correct remedy chosen according to homeopathic principles. Homeopathy as we have mentioned before is not herbalism, naturopathy, radionics, cult or religion, and it is not a placebo. You do not have to believe in it for the correct prescription to work. Outstanding results can be achieved with herds of cattle, domestic animals, babies and children. Homeopathic diagnoses are based on the Law of Similars.
By now, it is hoped that the scope for self treatment is clear, and with the aid of many of the self-help books available such as Homoeopathy for the Home,1 safe and effective. Homeopathy is a highly sophisticated multidimensional healing modality restoring an individual to his or her own inner balance.
1. Bloch R, Lewis B. Homoeopathy for the Home. Struik Publishers, 2003