Created by the German Physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, Homeopathy is a 220 year-old form of medicine with roots that extend into classical antiquity.
Founded during the Enlightenment, Homeopathy is a system of rational medicine, which emphasizes inductive logic over deductive, and operates on rational but fundamentally different principles than conventional Western medicine.
Homeopathic medicines (termed “remedies”) are given on the basis of “The Law of Similars” or “like treats like” and the medicines’ proven ability to create the same symptoms as those seen in the client receiving them. Conventional medicine operates mostly on the principle of opposites, that is drugs are administered in order to oppose disease states or suppress their effects.
Because human beings are not merely collections of separate parts -- homeopathic medicines are studied and prescribed for their effects on the entire person, body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
Rather than trying to intervene in a disease process, instead, homeopathic medicines work to coax the body's own healing mechanisms to respond appropriately to an existing disease. This approach fosters balance and long term healing and cure of disease.
Homeopathy does not treat diagnoses, it treats whole people. Homeopathy recognizes that people are different from one another, and that their subjective experience significantly impacts their health. This also means that homeopathic treatment starts with listening to YOU.
In homeopathy, three different people with a cold are likely to get three different homeopathic medicines. Even in pandemics, this is often true.
Homeopaths view illness as a maladaptation of the organism to its environment. That maladaptation occurs when three things happen:
1. The organism has a hidden inflexibility to adapt or recover from an insult. That inflexibility is called a susceptibility. (Get head colds a lot? Then YKWIM.)
2. The organism is exposed to an environmental insult, that throws it out of balance.
3. susceptibility + insult = illness.
Each of us has different susceptibilities, different vulnerabilities. When we get sick, our illness is not a separate thing from who we are. The illness becomes an unhappy part of us.
Homeopathic medicines are formulated to instigate a gentle and gradual healing response (homeopathic medicines are called remedies), whereby the body is heals itself. Surprisingly, in the case of acute situations, this action can be fast! Even a few seconds fast!
Because they are so diluted, and because they operate accessing different biological mechanisms than conventional pharmaceuticals, homeopathic medicines have no side effects.
Compared with conventional medicine and other forms of complementary medicine, homeopathy has consistently been rated a "best value" by health policy analysts around the world. Here's a summary of a recent study in Ireland. Homeopathic medicines typically retail between $8 and $30 for a month or more of doses. Most homeopaths charge about $200-$300 for an initial consultation, which sounds like a lot until you factor in that the consult alone lasts two to three hours and the homeopath must put in at least that much time generating a recommendation, which comes out to $50/hr or less for the homeopath. Garage mechanics typically charge at least $75/hour.
Because of their composition, homeopathic remedies do not exploit, pollute or contaminate the environment and are entirely biodegradable. In numerous studies, two branches of homeopathy, Agricultural Homeopathy and Veterinary Homeopathy, have shown in many instances, that farmers can successfully treating livestock and protecting crops without the use of polluting antibiotics or pesticides.
Along with its reluctance to accept the Metric System, the United States is unusual in the world for its resistance to homeopathy. Homeopathy is practiced in most EU member countries, virtually all of the countries of Central and South America, and in many Asian countries, most notably, India, which has over 250,000 practicing homeopaths serving hundreds of millions of patients each year.