Homeopathy is non-toxic system of medical science originated in Germany by Dr. Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) (the founder and father of homeopathy). He was M.D. in conventional medicine. He realised his own school of medicine (conventional) was not helping the patients and spent years researching on homeopathy. The term “homoeopathy” was coined in 1807.
The fundamental pillars of Homeopathy are: -
1. Law of similars (1796): Like cures like
Disease can be cured by a medicinal substance given in micro doses that produces similar symptoms in health people when given in large doses.
a. An onion is a substance which makes your eyes water and your nose burn. If you are having an attack of hay fever with watering eyes and a burning nose, a homeopathic remedy made from onion can relieve it.
b. Poison ivy causes redness, intense itching, burning, blistering and sometimes stiff muscles. Homeopathically it has been used for everything from herpes and burns to eczema and arthritis.
c. When you are stung by a bee you feel a burning, stinging pain and the tissues surrounding the area swell up. Some relief is gained from applying cold to the area. If you had swollen tonsils with burning and stinging pain relieved by cold, a homeopathic remedy prepared from the same source could cure.
2. Law of minimum dose (1801): Less is More
Since the homoeopathic medicines act at a dynamic level, only a minute quantity of the medicine is administered which is enough/sufficient to stimulate the dynamically deranged vital force/innate healing powers to bring about the necessary curative change in a patient, not more that that, that means no overdosing.
3. Law of simplex (1810): At any given time, only one remedy can be the exact similar to the presenting disease condition of the patient. So a single remedy (one remedy at a time) is given based upon their constitution/totality of the symptoms which includes physical, mental, and emotional aspects/symptoms. This results in individualization i.e. it may require different medicine for different people suffering from same disease
4. Theory of Miasms (1829): psora, sycosis, syphilis
5. Doctorine of Vital Force (1833): Energy as Medicine
Life is a vital force that has its own inherent energy. These energies exist in balance and harmony in nature. But certain circumstances may lead to certain imbalances that may disturb the harmony between these energies. It is through this that homeopathic medicine believes will lead to diseases. Homeopathic remedies then aim to restore the balance of the vital force that is life.
6. Potentisation/dynamisation (1833): Potentisation is serial dilution and succussion/trituration of the drug to the point at which they would be therapeutic, but not toxic. This increases collative medicinal powers
Infinitesimally small dose of potentised medicine.
7. Hering’s law of five directions of cure (1845): Cure progresses from above downwards, from within outwards, ceter to periphery, from more important organ to less important one, in reverse order of coming of the symptoms