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The following material was adapted from the book Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide
How Homepathy Works
Homepathy was founded in the late eighteenth century by German doctor Samual Hanhnemann, known for his work in pharmacology, hygience, public healthy and psychiatry. Reacting to what he belived to be "barbarous practices" of his day, such as using leeches for bloodletting and toxic mercury-based laxactives, Dr. Hahnemann set out to find a more rational and humane approach to medicine.
Dr. Hahnemann's breakthrough came durin gan experiment in which he twice daily ingetsed cinchona, a Peruvian bark well known as a cure for malaria. He found that as a healthy person, cinchona induced the symptoms of malaria! Dr. Hahnemann theorized that if taking large doses of cinchona created symptoms in a healhty person, this same substance, taken in smaller dose by a person suffernig from malaria, might stimulate the body to fight the disease. His theory was born out of years of experiments with hundreds of substances that produced similar results. Based on his work, Dr. Hahnemann formulated the principles of homeopathy:
Likes cures likes (Law of Similiars)
The more a remedy is diluted, the great it's potency (Law of Infinitesimal Dose)
An illness is specific to the individual (a holistic medical model)
Likes Cures Likes
According to Dr. Hahnemann, the same substance that is large doses, produces the symptoms of an illness, in a veyr minute doses cures it. He referred to this phenomenon as the Law of Similars, a principle first recognized in the fourth century B.C., by Hippocrates, who was studying the effects of herbs upon disease. this Law of Similiars was also the theoretical basis for the vaccines of physician Edward Jenner, Jonas Salk and Louis Pasteur. They would "immunize" the body with trace amounts of the disease component to stengthen its immune response to the acutal disease.
The More Dilute the Remedy, the Greater It's Potency
Most people believe that the higher the dose of a medicine, the greater the effect. But the opposite holds true in homeopathy where the more a substance is diluted, the higher th epotency. Dr. Hahnemann discovered this Law of Infinitesimal Dose by experimenting with higher and higher dilutions of substance to avoid toxicv side effects.
Today, homeopathic remedies are usually prepared through a process of diluting with pure water or alcohol and succussing (shaking vigorously) Homepathic solutions can be diluted to such an extent that literally no moleculeds of the original sustance remain in the remedy. Yet, the more dilute it gets the more potent it becomes!
According to Trevor Cook, Ph.D., DI Hom., President of the United Kingdom Homepathic Medicine Association, the explanation of the therapeutic action of highly dilute homeopathic remedies appears to lie in the domain of the quantum physics and emering field of energy medicine. A study using nuclear magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated distincitive readings of subatomic activity in twenty-three different homeopathic remedies. This potency was not demonstrated in placebos.
Italian Emilio del Giudici has set forth a theory that helps explain homeopahty's mode of therapeutic actions. Del Giudici proposes that water molecules form structures capable of storing minute electronmagnetic signals. This proposition is given added weight by the findings of Dr. Wolfgang Ludwig, a German biophysicist, who has demonstrated in preliminary research that homeopathic substances give off measurable electromagnetic signals. These signals show that specific frewquencies are dominant in each homepathic substance.
The Healing Crisis and Hering's Laws of Cure
In homeopathy, the process of healing begins by eliminating the immediate symptoms, then progressing to the underlying sympotms. Manyh of these layers are residues of fevers, trauma, or chronic diseaes that were unsuccessfully treated or suppressed by convetional medicine. As the stages of homeopathic healing progress, the patient may get worse before feeling better. This is often referred to as the "healing crisis".
In the mid-nineteenth century, Dr. Constatine Hering, the father of American homeopahty, stated that healing progresses from the deepest part of the body to the extremities; from the emotional and mental aspects to the physical; and form the upper part of the body (head, neck, wears, throat) to the lower part of teh body (fingers, abdomen, legs, feet). Hering's Laws of Cure also state that healing progresses in the reverse chronological order, form the most recent maladies to the odest. By Hering laws, homeopaths are able to track the progress of their treatment and restore a patient's healthy, layer by layer.