Homeopathy: an Alternative & Complementary Medical Practice
Homeopathy, a medical science developed by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), is based on the principle that “Like cures Like”. Simplified, it means that if a substance can produce symptoms in a healthy person, it can also cure similar symptoms in a sick person.
This is referred to as the “Law of Similars“, well understood by Aristotle, Hippocrates, with a mention in ancient Hindu manuscripts. However, it was Hahnemann, who turned it into a healing science.
Here, the focus is not the diseased part or the sickness, rather the totality of the individual, as homeopathic medicines stimulate body’s self-regulating mechanisms to initiate the healing process.
Philosophy behind Homeopathy
When a person becomes ill, it is the whole system that is sick: Body, Mind, and Spirit. The origin of illness lies in an imbalance of the “Vital Force”. The body manifests symptoms of illness but is not the origin of the illness. Upon death, the physical body remains, but it is no longer curable since the “Vital Force”, has left the body.
By matching the illness symptoms with an appropriate homeopathic remedy, the “Vital Force” returns to balance and symptoms disappear as the person heals themselves.
Homeopathy is scientific, logical, safe, quick and extremely effective method of healing, treating the disease from its roots, for most of the ailments. It does not treat superficially by just driving away the symptoms but heals the patient from within. It treats the patient as a whole and not just the disease, it believes in holistic, totalistic and individualistic approach.
Homeopathy medicines are prepared from dynamic agents influencing body’s energy, sources such as vegetables, animal, minerals, chemicals, etc., by a special mode of preparation called “Potentization”, its ultra-minute dose are non-toxic, absolutely harmless and bring about safe and sure cure.
Homeopathy is an effective alternate to antibiotics in many infectious diseases, such as Sinusitis, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Meningitis, Otitis media (pus from ear), Gastroenteritis (vomiting-diarrhea), Dysentery, Urinary Infections, etc. producing no toxic side effects and bringing about rapid recovery. Homeopathy, however, is not the best option for critical infections such as cerebral malaria, typhoid, and acute tuberculosis, sever infection, etc.
Homeopathy offers wonder treatments for viral infections such as Common cold, Influenza, Measles, Chickenpox, Mumps, Viral Hepatitis (Jaundice), Viral Meningitis etc., are very well treated with homeopathy.
Homeopathy is ideal for infants and children ailments like Cold, Cough, Fever, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Colic, Tonsillitis, Bronchitis, Asthma, Measles, Chickenpox, Mumps, Dentition problems, etc., without producing any side effects whatsoever. Besides, homeopathy is effective also in temperament and behavioral problems seen commonly in children like irritability, obstinacy, temper-tantrums, fears, phobias, destructiveness; and thumb- sucking, nail biting, bed-wetting; as well as in mentally and physically backward children.
Homeopathy is not anti-surgery. Surgery in itself is an art and science, called forth in the conditions where medicines have limited or no role, and where surgical aid only can cure or improve the condition. In some diseases, homeopathy works curatively and can avoid surgery, such as; Septic recurrent Tonsillitis, Piles, Fissure, Fistula, Appendicitis (except gangrenous), Chronic ear discharge, Vocal cord nodules, Polyp in nose-ear, Kidney and Biliary (small) stones, small size Uterine Fibroid, Ovarian Cysts, Warts, Corns, etc.
Homeopathy is not a last resort, one should resort to it in the early phase of sickness to obtain the best results. Lacking awareness in general public about its usefulness, many patients approach homeopathy late. By this time the disease process advances to an incurable stage and homeopathy can offer little then, however timely given homeopathic treatment could be a blessing to the ailing humanity.