Homeopathy is an energetic form of medicine that was developed over 200 years ago by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. It is now the second most popular form of alternative medicine in the world today, and the fastest growing. It is holistic in the sense that it evaluates the whole picture of the patient – physically, emotionally, and mentally – to determine the best course of treatment, as it addresses the entire individual, not just the disease one is experiencing.
Its philosophy centers on the idea that each person has a dynamic energy force within him or her. When nothing is affecting one’s defense mechanism, their energy force is protected, and they are healthy. The troublesome symptoms people experience when suffering are nothing more than expressions of their defense mechanism trying to return their health and energy force to normal. For example, a fever is a symptom experienced when your defense mechanism is trying to rid itself of an infection.
The goal of homeopathic treatment is to strengthen and enhance the natural defenses of the patient to fight the imbalance it is experiencing, working with the body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve overall health.
The way homeopathic treatment accomplishes this is through prescribing a homeopathic remedy.
A homeopathic remedy is derived from a natural element of the plant, mineral, or animal kingdom. They can also be made from hormones, bacteria, and viruses. The original substance is diluted in liquid repeatedly and vigorously shaken with each dilution to produce a specific potency. Once the process is complete, only infinitesimal amounts of the original substance are present, which are thought to resonate with the energy imbalance within the patient’s body and stimulate the defense mechanism to bring everything back to normal, thus relieving and eliminating symptoms.
There are over 3,000 known homeopathic remedies used today. The role of the homeopath is to perform a thorough case intake that will help them identify the remedy whose picture embodies the totality of a patient’s symptoms and their essence on all levels – physically, emotionally, and mentally.
The word “homeopathy” is derived from two Greek words: homois, which means similar, and pathos, which means suffering.
As such, Homeopathy’s most notable principle is the Law of Similars, which states “Simila Similibus Curentur,” or Like Cures Like. Through various trials called provings, Hahnemann and his successors found that various substances in nature that produce certain symptoms in a healthy individual can cure those symptoms in someone who is suffering from them. The remedy accomplishes this by resonating with the energetic frequency of the patient, stimulating and providing support for the defense mechanism to eradicate the disturbance to their health.
A great example of this principle would be to look at the remedy Coffea cruda, or the coffee bean. When administered to healthy people, Coffea cruda makes them feel overexcited, active, wired, unable to sleep, and sometimes gives them a headache. If a patient comes in with symptoms of restlessness, excitation, and insomnia, the remedy that is most similar to their totality of symptoms would be Coffea cruda. The premise is that when this person takes this remedy, their symptoms will dissipate.
Another example of this would be the remedy Allium cepa, or red onion. If you think about when a healthy person is cutting a red onion, their eyes water profusely and their nose starts to run. If a patient comes in with these symptoms, often seen in hay fever, by administering a potentized dose of Allium cepa, their watery eyes and runny nose will improve. Of course, both of these are very oversimplified examples of what goes into homeopathic care, but they communicate the general principle.
Homeopathic remedies are known to provide some of the deepest levels of healing, as they strengthen the body’s innate healing abilities, improving one’s resilience so they do not experience the same ailments again in the future.
Further, when an individual feels as though he or she has tried everything to get well, a homeopathic remedy can provide their body with an energetic boost to unblock what is preventing them from making progress in their recovery. Additionally, other therapies the individual is employing will oftentimes begin to work better after starting constitutional homeopathic care, weaving a synergistic effect into overall healing. It is also one of the only forms of medicine that acts directly upon one’s emotional and mental spheres, helping the individual manage the very stress and trauma that perpetuates inflammation and disease.
Update: Erin is currently taking on homeopathic cases as part of her third year in supervised study. Please contact her if interested in exploring treatment.