Homeopathy
Samuel Hahnemann, Homeopathic Remedies, Medicine, Law of Similars, Provings, Dilution, History, Definition

"Likes must be cured by means of their likes, and not by their contraries"
(Valentine, De Microcosmo 1410)


Introduction

Hi Everyone,

We do not know if Homeopathy works or not - we think clinical trials are the best method of determining efficacy of this treatment. The point we wish to make is that matter resonates with other matter causing subtle changes in wave patterns. Thus it is quite reasonable that water can retain memory of molecules within the water, even after those molecules are removed. The reference to the 'spiritual / mystical' aspects of homeopathy is probably more to do with lack of knowledge of the wave structure of matter, thus they give these names to things that they do not understand (based upon current discrete 'particle' conceptions of matter).

* See also our webpage on vaccination and homeopathy.


What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy from the Greek words hómoios (similar) and páthos (suffering) aims to treat "like with like." The term "homeopathy" was coined by the German physician Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843).

Homeopathic treatment involves giving a patient with symptoms of illness extremely small doses of substances that produce the same symptoms in healthy people when given in larger doses. A homeopathic remedy is prepared by diluting the substance in a series of steps. Many homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that no molecules of the original substance are likely to remain. Homeopathy asserts that the remedy will retain a memory of the diluted substance and the therapeutic potency of a remedy can be increased by serial dilution combined with succussion, or vigorous shaking. (Edited from Wikipedia)


Main Ideas

* In homeopathy, a key premise is that every person has energy called a vital force or self-healing response. When this energy is disrupted or imbalanced, health problems develop. Homeopathy aims to stimulate the body's own healing responses.

* Homeopathic treatment involves giving extremely small doses of substances that produce characteristic symptoms of illness in healthy people when given in larger doses. This approach is called "like cures like."

* Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness.

* Treatment involves giving very small doses of substances called remedies that, according to homeopathy, would produce the same or similar symptoms of illness in healthy people if they were given in larger doses.

* Treatment in homeopathy is individualized (tailored to each person). Homeopathic practitioners select remedies according to a total picture of the patient, including not only symptoms but lifestyle, emotional and mental states, and other factors.

Hahnemann added two additional elements to homeopathy:

* A concept that became "potentization," which holds that systematically diluting a substance, with vigorous shaking at each step of dilution, makes the remedy more, not less, effective by extracting the vital essence of the substance. If dilution continues to a point where the substance's molecules are gone, homeopathy holds that the "memory" of them - that is, the effects they exerted on the surrounding water molecules - may still be therapeutic.

* A concept that treatment should be selected based upon a total picture of an individual and his symptoms, not solely upon symptoms of a disease. Homeopaths evaluate not only a person's physical symptoms but her emotions, mental states, lifestyle, nutrition, and other aspects. In homeopathy, different people with the same symptoms may receive different homeopathic remedies.

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy/


Law of Similars - Treat Like with Like

'Where the prevailing medical system in North America generally works on the natural Law of Opposites (antibiotic's, anti-depressants, anti-histamines), homeopathic medicine works on the Law of Similars, which has been identified since Hippocrates' time as the natural law of cure. The use of medicine on the basis of opposites only gives temporary relief or simply suppresses the disease, driving it deeper into the organism - it cannot cure.

Where allopathic (conventional) medicine does use the law of similars, it is inadvertent and the dose given is too strong, causing iatrogenic (meaning "doctor-caused") diseases. For example, Ritalin is an amphetamine (speed) chemically identical to cocaine. Conventional medicine gives this "speed" to children they feel are "speeding," or hyperactive. Radiation is one of the most horrific carcinogenic agents, yet it is used in cancer treatment. The concept is sound, but the dosage can be deadly at worst, or dangerous at best.

Homeopathic medicine uses minute amounts of substances that are similar to the symptoms of the disease. In this way the artificial disease of the medicine will annihilate the natural disease. In a patient with hayfever symptoms, for example, an infinitesimal amount of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) be used to cause a slight initial exacerbation of symptoms, followed by relief of the symptoms.'

http://www.homeopathyhome.com/reference/fluwatch.shtml


History of Homeopathy

Homeopathic ideas were used by Hippocrates (460 BC) and Paracelsus (1493 - 1541 BC) before Samuel Hahnemann, but it was Hahnemann who gave it a name and laid out its principles in the late 18th century. Basil Valentine, a pseudonyme of a Benedictine monk, believed to have lived 1410 BC also wrote:

"Likes must be cured by means of their likes, and not by their contraries, as heat by heat. Cold by cold, shooting by shooting; for one heat attracts the other to itself, one cold the other, as the magnet does the iron. Hence, prickly simples can remove diseases whose characteristic is prickly pains; and poisonous minerals can cure and destroy symptoms of poisoning when they are brought to bear upon them.

And although sometimes a chill may be removed and suppressed, still I say, as a philosopher and one experienced in nature's ways, that the similar must be fitted with its similar, whereby it will be removed radically and thoroughly, if I am a proper physician and understand medicine. He who does not attend to this is no true physician, and cannot boast of his knowledge of medicine, because he is unable to distinguish betwixt cold and warm, betwixt dry and humid, for knowledge and experience, together with a fundamental observation of nature, constitute the perfect physician." (Basil Valentine, De Microcosmo)

Theophrastus von Hohenheim, commonly known by the name of Paracelsus flourished in the sixteenth century.

"What makes jaundice that also cures jaundice and all its species. In like manner, the medicine that shall cure paralysis must proceed from that which causes it; and in this way we practice according to the method of cure by arcana." (Archidoxis, vol iii, pt.v. p.18)

http://homeoint.org/morrell/clarke/dudgeon.htm


Samuel Hahnemann

In the late 1700s, Samuel Hahnemann, a physician, chemist, and linguist in Germany, proposed a new approach to treating illness.

The first major step reportedly was when he was translating an herbal text and read about a treatment (cinchona bark) used to cure malaria. He took some cinchona bark and observed that, as a healthy person, he developed symptoms that were very similar to malaria symptoms. This led Hahnemann to consider that a substance may create symptoms that it can also relieve.

This concept is called the "similia principle" or "like cures like." The similia principle had a prior history in medicine, from Hippocrates in Ancient Greece - who noted, for example, that recurrent vomiting could be treated with an emetic (such as ipecacuanha) that would be expected to make it worse.

Provings

Hahnemann tested single, pure substances on himself and, in more dilute forms, on healthy volunteers. He kept meticulous records of his experiments and participants' responses, and he combined these observations with information from clinical practice, the known uses of herbs and other medicinal substances, and toxicology, eventually treating the sick and developing homeopathic clinical practice.

This procedure later became known as "homeopathic proving". These time-consuming tests required subjects to clearly record all of their symptoms as well as the ancillary conditions under which they appeared. Hahnemann saw these data as a way of identifying substances suitable for the treatment of particular diseases. The first collection of provings was published in 1805 and a second collection of 65 remedies appeared in his book, Materia Medica Pura, in 1810.

Dilutions

Hahnemann believed that large doses of drugs that caused similar symptoms would only aggravate illness, so he advocated extreme dilutions of the substances; he devised a technique for making dilutions that he believed would preserve a substance's therapeutic properties while removing its harmful effects, proposing that this process aroused and enhanced "spirit-like medicinal powers held within a drug". He gathered and published a complete overview of his new medical system in his 1810 book, The Organon of the Healing Art, whose 6th edition, published in 1921, is still used by homeopaths today.

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy/

Miasms

Hahnemann found by 1816 that the patients he treated through homeopathy still suffered from chronic diseases that he was unable to cure. In 1828, he introduced the concept of miasms, which he regarded as underlying causes for many known diseases. A miasm is often defined by homeopaths as an imputed "peculiar morbid derangement of [the] vital force".

Hahnemann associated each miasm with specific diseases, with each miasm seen as the root cause of several diseases. According to Hahnemann, initial exposure to miasms causes local symptoms, such as skin or venereal diseases, but if these symptoms are suppressed by medication, the cause goes deeper and begins to manifest itself as diseases of the internal organs.

Homeopathy maintains that treating diseases by directly opposing their symptoms, as is sometimes done in conventional medicine, is ineffective because all "disease can generally be traced to some latent, deep-seated, underlying chronic, or inherited tendency". The underlying imputed miasm still remains, and deep-seated ailments can only be corrected by removing the deeper disturbance of the vital force.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy


Remedys

Today there are about 3,000 different remedies commonly used in homeopathy.

http://www.homeopathyhome.com/reference/articlesa-z.shtml

Most homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals. A remedy is prepared by diluting the substance in a series of steps. Homeopathy asserts that this process can maintain a substance's healing properties regardless of how many times it has been diluted. Many homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that not one molecule of the original natural substance remains. Remedies are sold in liquid, pellet, and tablet forms.

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy/

For a wonderful illustrated guide of remedies see:
http://homeoint.org/illustr/index.htm

Succession

In producing treatments for diseases, homeopaths use a process called "dynamisation" or "potentisation" whereby the remedy is diluted with alcohol or distilled water and then vigorously shaken by ten hard strikes against an elastic body in a process called "succussion".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy


Scientific Studies

'The results of individual, controlled clinical trials of homeopathy have been contradictory. In some trials, homeopathy appeared to be no more helpful than a placebo; in other studies, some benefits were seen that the researchers believed were greater than one would expect from a placebo.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses take a broader look at collections of a set of results from clinical trials. In sum, systematic reviews have not found homeopathy to be a definitively proven treatment for any medical condition. Examples of problems they noted include weaknesses in design and/or reporting, choice of measuring techniques, small numbers of participants, and difficulties in replicating results. A common theme in the reviews of homeopathy trials is that because of these problems and others, it is difficult or impossible to draw firm conclusions about whether homeopathy is effective for any single clinical condition.'

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/homeopathy/


Skeptical of Homeopathy

These two skeptical websites both show considerable ignorance of metaphysics, the wave properties of matter and thus resonance.

http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/homeo.html - Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake.
(Stephen Barrett, M.D.) Homeopathic "remedies" enjoy a unique status in the health marketplace: They are the only category of quack products legally marketable as drugs. This situation is the result of two circumstances. First, the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which was shepherded through Congress by a homeopathic physician who was a senator, recognizes as drugs all substances included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. Second, the FDA has not held homeopathic products to the same standards as other drugs.

http://skepdic.com/homeo.html - Homeopathy. "Unless the laws of chemistry have gone awry, most homeopathic remedies are too diluted to have any physiological effect." (Consumer Reports, January 1987)


Some Quotes on Homeopathy

"Homeopathy .... cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. It is beyond doubt safe, economical and the most complete medical science."
Mahatama Gandhi

“There have been two great revelations in my life: The first was bepop, the second was homeopathy.”
Dizzy Gillespie, great jazz musician

"Homeopathy is the safest and more reliable approach to ailments and has withstood the assaults of established medical practice for over 100 years."
Yehudi Menuhin, World famous violinist

"Homeopathy is wholly capable of satisfying the therapeutic demands of this age better than any other system or school of medicine."
Dr. Charles Menninger M.D.

http://www.homeopathy-cures.com/html/hear_what_others_say__about_ho.html


Resources, Links and Articles

http://www.homeopathyhome.com/reference/research_aids.shtml

http://www.homeopathy.com/clinic/resources.html

http://www.homeopathyhome.com/reference/history.shtml - Really great list of Homeopathy links and resources.


 

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http://lj.rossia.org/users/john_petrov/881996.html
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1857 (1857)
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Alexander Beydeman (1826—1869)

 


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