Homeopathy is a specialty of medicine that has been practiced since 1796. It was discovered by a physician that was dissatisfied with the, then current, medical practices. He believed that there was a better way to treat illness, prevent illness, and restore a person to good health. There are two types of practice; classical homeopathy and acute homeopathy. In classical homeopathy, we look at the person in their entirety and try to understand the imbalances that may be present in their body, mind, spirit and use those imbalances to paint a picture of the overall state of being. Each person's symptomology will point to their condition being one of many particular remedy states. By finding the state of the person's being at that particular moment, by giving them the remedy for that particular state, we are able to bring the person back into balance, thus improving their overall health. Many believe that a person may see, not only the elimination of long-standing health problems, but also may find that they are more resistant to future health problems. Some also believe that in acute illness, by giving the person their carefully selected remedy, their body is able to resolve the acute illness quickly. It is thought that illness, whether of the body or mind, is able to take root, or develop, only if there is a state of imbalance. If we are able to restore the body and mind to balance, then illness and disease may be unable to take root or develop. Acute homeopathy is the use of homeopathic remedies in a short-term acute situation. The person's specific remedy should be used in most cases but an acute remedy may be temporarily added as needed. For example, if a person sprains their ankle, a dose of Arnica may prevent swelling and pain. Acute remedies, however, are not intended to produce or restore health, they are, rather, intended for the short-term alleviation of a superficial symptom. One should return to the person's specific remedy as soon as possible.
Homeopathy, in today's terms, might be considered a sort of immunotherapy, or more specific, a physiological process modulating therapy (PPMT). It is believed by some that what homeopathy does, using what is called the law of similars, is to "trick" the body, frequently the immune system, into paying attention to something that it has been previously ignoring or, at the very least, not giving enough attention. The law of similars, which is the meaning of homeo (same) and pathy (illness), says that; if you give a minute dose of a substance that, in a healthy person, would cause symptoms similar to the ones being experienced by the sick person, this would "trick" the body into action against the illness state by "amplifying" the illness condition to the point that the body starts paying attention and taking action. This "amplification" however, actually takes place on an information level rather than on a physiological level, thus, it does not cause an actual aggravation of the symptoms or worsening of the illness. On the contrary, some believe that the properly selected remedy may alleviate the symptoms quite quickly without any untoward effects to the person or being.
One might say that there are essentially three processes within the body that regulate body function. The first process is the "software" process or the DNA/genetic code. This is the computer code that tells everything in the body what to do. Then there is the "hardware" process, or the organs and tissues. The organs and tissues are the end product of this process and carry out the instructions that were originally written in the genetic code. But there is a third process in between these two. This third process is the chemical and bio chemical modulating process. It is this chemical and bio-chemical process where it is believed that homeopathy does its work. It is thought that the properly selected remedy can introduce information into this third modulating process in between the software and the hardware and sort of re-write or reprogram the information and cause the hardware, or, the organs and tissues, to function differently than they would have otherwise. It is thought that perhaps by introducing modulating information into this third process, we can rebalance the organ and tissue function and cause it to function more correctly or in the way in which it was designed to function rather than the way that it is currently malfunctioning, causing illness and disease.
It was said by the 19th century physician
We all admit that everyone who attempts to act as a physician, should strive to qualify himself or herself, for the work, by obtaining the best education which our medical schools afford; for to physicians is intrusted, not simply the property or money, but the very lives of their fellow citizens. As the responsibility is great, so the duty of preparing oneself before commencing practice, and of keeping fully abreast of all new and valuable discoveries in the art of healing, is equally great. A physician should not be led blindly by his teachers and prominent medical writers, and so strongly confirm himself in the theories and views which they proclaim that he cannot, without prejudice, examine new views and theories with due care.
The treatment in allopathic medicine consists largely in giving and applying remedies in disease-creating doses and the use of remedies that directly or indirectly reduce the inflammatory or febrile action; but it is manifest that while it may lessen the activities of the diseased symptoms, it also lessens the vitality of the system as a whole, and consequently its power to resist and overcome the existing diseased action; so that it is a serious question whether in many cases more is not lost and gained.
To create disease of a well organ for the sake of curing disease in another organ, as is done, though the patient may sometimes be benefited, is certainly not a very satisfactory treatment as a whole.
But the greatest danger and evil that results from the allopathic treatment of disease lies, not in the direction of the sudden deaths that sometimes result from the use of its remedies, but by the liability of the patients to be led into habitual use of a drug that has afforded them palliative relief during sickness, and the countenance thus given for the use of such drugs by the laity during health. And they may believe that as a rule poisonous substances will palliate the symptoms which they caused, or which follow their use.
One of the great beauties of homeopathy lies in the fact that when correct remedies are given in accordance with the law of cure, they do not have to be given in disease-creating doses.
"Personal experience of a physician"...
These thoughts are as relevant today as in his time certainly.
A contemporary physician who practices homeopathy said...
We see disease as the disattunement of the dynamis (vital force)... which will show up in the person not merely in one locale, but may manifest in diverse manners that may not seem to be related to each other from the perspective of reductionist pathology. As such, a person presenting with... athlete's foot, gastroesophageal reflux and headache may have three diseases according to allopathic nosology; but for us, there is likely one disease of the person manifesting simultaneously in these three superficial expressions. Homeopathy address the individual case of disease as it manifests diversely in the whole person, rather than pathologically-defined diseases as things in themselves.
Will Taylor, MD