Homeopathy is a separate system of medicine developed in the late 1700’s by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. Disillusioned by standard medical practices at the time which included bloodletting, emetics and toxic compounds such as mercury, Dr. Hahnemann quit his medical practice and devoted himself to research and translation. In older texts he came across the principle of the Law of Similars:
A substance that creates a certain condition in a healthy body, can also heal that same condition in a sick person.
This principle was illustrated by the use of quinine to treat malaria. Given to a healthy person quinine caused the symptoms of malaria, alternating fevers and sweats. But given to a victim of malaria, quinine helped to heal the condition.
Hahnemann began experimenting with different plants and mineral compounds and the science of homeopathy was born.
From Dr. Hahnemann’s work and that of many homeopaths since, we have developed pictures or patterns of how thousands of substances affect the human body.
The homeopath takes a very detailed description of the patient’s condition on the physical, mental and emotional levels. He/she also considers what happened at the onset of the problem and anything that makes it better or worse. A remedy is found that is the best match to the individual’s current state.
Homeopathy is a form of energy medicine. The remedies are formulated to remove all toxicity and to enhance the energetic properties of the substance. A correct remedy will match the energetic pattern of the patient and cause a shift, stimulating the body to heal itself.
Classical homeopathy is the art and science of finding the single remedy that best matches the whole picture of the patient. This can lead to very deep healing as the energetic state of the patient is corrected.
Complex homeopathy combines low potency remedies to address a certain general condition such as headaches, nausea, colds etc. Special combinations are also formulated to detoxify specific organs or tissues. See Biotherapeutic Drainage.