Homeopathy: Valid or Placebo?
The theory and practice of Homeopathy may seem strange to those of us who are accustom to conventional medicine. Homeopathy was founded by Dr. S. Hahnemann, the eminent 19th century physician.
Law of Similars
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann believed that large doses of remedies creating a particular sets of symptoms, could in minute doses relieve those same symptoms. The therapeutic amount is so small that no molecule of the original substance remains. This is called the law of similar of like cures like. Any substance that can cause symptoms when given to healthy people can help to heal those who are experiencing similar symptoms, if given in minute doses.
Exceptional Age Old Medicine
Homeopathy is a 200-year-old medical system used to treat a wide spectrum of health problems. It offers a way to gently enhance our inner healing resources through recognizing and reinforcing the adaptive reactions of our natural defense process. By choosing the correct, individually suited homeopathic medicine from the plant, mineral, animal or chemical kingdom, we can successfully work with the body’s own natural defense mechanism.
Deep Healing without Harmful Side Effects
Homeopathic medicines are exceptional because as they can so markedly enhance deep healing without harmful side effects. As violinist Yehude Menuhin once said, “Homeopathy is one of the rare medical approaches which carries no penalties only benefits.” Another diversion in Homeopathic and Naturopathic thought from that of Western medicine is the ideal that physical symptoms represent positive adaptive responses to the various stresses and toxic challenges which the body experiences.
Avoid Suppressing the Symptoms
This is in contrast, assuming that symptoms represent illogical, improper or unhealthy responses of the body and thus should be treated, controlled and suppressed. Instead of suppressing symptoms, therapy can enhance the body’s ability to heal itself. Symptoms are not the disease, symptoms are simply the overt or obvious manifestations of disease processes. Symptoms are evidence of disease, thus suppression of symptoms is analogous to “shooting” the messenger for bringing bad news. The body makes amazing and impressive efforts to heal itself but it often needs a catalyst. Homeopathy is one of the finest and safest of these catalysts.
Homeopathy is One Key to Health Resolution
The miraculous life force within each of us, constantly strives to correct, restore and maintain every single cell, tissue and organ system in our body. Failure to succeed, more often than not, represents an interference to our innate healing energies, which has not been eliminated. The field of natural medicine harbours many keys to the resolution of such interference. Homeopathy is one such key.
This article is for educational purposes only and does not advocate self-diagnosis. Due to individual variability, consultation with a licensed health professional, such as a naturopathic physician is highly recommended, prior to starting a natural treatment plan.
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