Homeopathy is the second most widely practised therapy in the world, is the preferred medicine of the Royal family and was praised by Gandhi and Mother Teresa, but sadly is still largely misunderstood.
Homeo means similar
Pathy means illness
Homeopathy works on the principle of “like heals like”or the “law of similars”. During the hour or two consultation with a homeopath, the sole objective is to find a remedy as similar as possible to the illness you are presenting with. Homeopaths understand that two similar illnesses cannot exist in the body at the same time. The introduction of a similar remedy to the symptoms of the illness, stimulates the body’s vital force so that healing can take place. The cells of the body have the intelligence within them so that when you cut your finger, you know that it will heal itself if given the time. Homeopathy merely speeds up the process. It’s the same with all or most systems within the body, including:
(a) The mind when dealing with anxiety or depression
(b) Organs that are not functioning as they should be
(c) Hormonal imbalances.
The bottom line is that homeopathy stimulates and raises the frequency of vibration in order to speed the process of healing. You may choose to believe it or not, but you don’t need to believe it in order for it to work; otherwise veterinary homeopathy would have been abandoned a long time ago.
How does homeopathy work?
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that can be likened to the tuning of a piano, just like a tuning fork can influence a guitar or piano string. Often the string needs to be adjusted before the correct tone is found. Homeopathy works in a similar way in that you may begin to feel worse temporarily before you will feel better. By matching a homeopathic remedy to the unique state of a person’s health, it is possible for them to heal on many levels simultaneously: mentally, emotionally and physically, by balancing the intricate mind/body connection. Homeopathy triggers an energetic stimulation, influencing the vital force and changing the very chemistry of the cells with an energetic imprint much like the energetic imprint of water molecules in the work of Masaru Emoto (2005). Emoto discovered that when water is exposed to positive emotions, such as love and gratitude, beautiful crystals form once the water is frozen as though the emotions have had an influence on the water. Negative words such as “I hate you”produced grotesque shapes and would not form crystals at all. Homeopathy works in a similar way in that the water “remembers”and is influenced by the original substance that was placed in the water before it was highly diluted, even though none of the original substance remains.
Picking up good vibrations
Homeopathy is a vibrational medicine and science is only just beginning to understand and discover what that implies. All of life, everything you see, feel and touch is made of vibration. The low, dense vibrations are heavy matter, the higher, more refined vibrations make up what you see as light. Your own body is a vibration, animated by life force energy. High and low vibrations either create life force energy to keep us in a state of health or drain life force energy causing illness. Every thought and feeling you have has an effect on this life force and if you subscribe to the philosophy of people such as Louise Hay (1999), the thoughts you have influence the health of your body. But there are also other factors that need to be taken into consideration, such as what are your inherited predispositions to disease? What kind of foods are you ingesting to influence your life force energy? While eating healthy food helps make homeopathy more readily effective, the beauty of homeopathy is that it is forgiving of past mistakes and will help to balance the effects of a previously poor diet. And while susceptibilities can be acquired or inherited, homeopathy is capable of balancing and correcting that state also, particularly in chronic disease.
Why is homeopathy misunderstood?
The reason homeopathy is misunderstood is because it is viewed as being some sort of “mystical hocus-pocus”rather than having a scientific basis. I believe this view will gradually change, as more and more evidence is accumulating to show that homeopathy has a positive effect (British Homeopathic Association), and is an evidence-based practice. Homeopathic remedies are rendered non-toxic by the ultra-high dilution process, whether it be derived from animal, plant or mineral sources. However, the very fact that homeopathic remedies are prepared in this way means that science does not yet understand how it could possibly work when it no longer contains any of the original substance. A study conducted in 1998 stated that, if this phenomenon were not so controversial, the scientific community would be convinced of homeopathy’s effectiveness (Vallance 1998), as there is enough evidence to show a positive outcome beyond the placebo effect. Even though the mechanism of action of Paracetamol is also unknown (Bonnefont et al. 2003; Toussaint et al. 2010), it is accepted as being effective. Scientific exploration means that the answers are not always self-evident, but that we need to keep searching. Thankfully, new advanced studies have provided a foundation to the theories behind homeopathy by discovering “nanoparticles”(Bell & Koithan 2012) and the role they play in the mechanism of homeopathic remedy actions. These are ultra-fine particles finer than an 8,000th of the width of a strand of human hair, which have been discovered to be present in these ultra-high dilutions. However more studies are needed in this area before it can be fully accepted by the majority of scientists.
What to expect when taking a homeopathic remedy
For a homeopathic remedy to work it must have an affinity to the illness being treated and it must also influence the root cause of the illness. There are many scenarios as to what may happen after taking a homeopathic remedy. You may:
- Improve rapidly
- Temporarily worsen before beginning to improve
- Have a return of old symptoms
- Experience nothing
- Produce new symptoms, attributed to the remedy itself
- Deteriorate in health
Ideally, the first three responses are preferred and are the signs of a correctly chosen remedy. The last three responses are signs that the remedy did not resonate with that particular person’s frequency and a new remedy needs to be chosen. In a chronic case, the return of old symptoms is a positive sign. It can be likened to pealing back the layers of an onion, one at a time. These symptoms can take the direction from inner to outer organs, such as from the liver to the skin. They can also take the direction from the upper to the lower body parts or in the reverse order of the symptoms manifesting in the first place. This is called “Hering’s Law of Cure”. Quite often the skin can be the last symptom to clear, especially if the symptom was originally suppressed by drugs in the past.
Can a placebo do all of this? I think not, and it amazes me how so many people can accuse a homeopathic response as being nothing more than the placebo effect. When a homeopathic remedy is administered repeatedly to a healthy person, they will begin to show signs and symptoms of that remedy. In the world of homeopathy, this kind of drug trial is called a “proving”that is conducted with the addition of each new medicine. The purpose is to build a repertoire of information that has been recorded for over 200 years (Teut et al. 2010) as a valuable resource for homeopaths. This is filled with symptoms which are referred to when choosing a remedy, offering clues as to which medicine will heal the patient when applied to illness of a similar nature. The very fact that these provings produce symptoms of the remedy, provides evidence that much more is occurring than merely a placebo effect.
Homeopathy is a powerful, effective, yet subtle form of healing. Although we are seeing the beginnings of a health revolution in the evolutionary path of mankind, we have not reached the goal of perfect health just yet. The answer to the “war”we have waged against many modern illnesses may lie in the wisdom of an ancient philosopher called Hippocrates (460-375 BC) on which Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, based these principles over 200 years ago—wisdom that focused first and foremost on “doing no harm”. With the many toxins and stresses we are exposed to in this day and age, balance and equilibrium is what is needed to bring us back on track to live a life that is not only free from disease, but a life with boundless joy, vibrancy in health, happiness and well-being. This is a vision of a future that I believe homeopathy will be a part of.
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