The Principles of Homeopathy

Homeopathy was founded by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800s. The principles he clarified have stood the test of time and today homeopathy is available in over eighty countries. 

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to the Law of Similars. This law states, 'That which makes sick shall heal' - that is, a substance that would cause symptoms in a healthy person is used to treat those same symptoms in illness. For example, the remedy Coffea, made from coffee beans is used to alleviate the symptoms of acute insomnia - a symptom of drinking too much coffee. Another example is found when cutting up an onion. The streaming eyes and nose that results can be similar to the symptoms of hay fever. Allium Cepa, the remedy made from red onion is often used for people suffering with these symptoms.

The principle of 'Like cures like' has been part of medical practice since the time of classical Greece. The word 'homeopathy' comes from the Greek words, 'homoeo' for 'similar' and 'pathos' for 'suffering'. In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates, 'the Father of Medicine' wrote that there were two methods of healing: by 'contraries' or by 'similars'. He wrote that the difference between the two streams of medicine is that one system flows with the patient's symptoms and the other flows against.

The principle of 'like cures like' can also be found in conventional medicine. Ritalin, a stimulant, is used to treat patients with ADHD. Small doses of allergens, such as pollen or peanuts are used to de-sensitise patients who are allergic to them. Vaccinations contain small amounts of the viruses they aim to help the body become immune to. However, the main difference with homeopathic medicine is that the substances are prepared in an ultra high diluted form.

For more detailed information on the action of dilutions, click here . 

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Homeopathy Simply Explained - published by the Society of Homeopaths

The Complete Homeopathy Handbook - Miranda Castro