This sample paper on Basic Principles Of Homeopathy offers a framework of relevant facts based on recent research in the field. Read the introductory part, body, and conclusion of the paper below.
There are three basic principles of Homeopathy. The similar principle, potentisation, and individualisation. Similia similibus curentur, or “Let likes be cured by likes” is what the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, proclaimed as the universal law of healing with medicinal substances. Homeopathy uses medicine or physical agencies to reproduce or imitate the symptom-picture of an illness. In 1790 Hahnemann was experimenting with Peruvian Chinchona, the source of Quinine used to treat malaria. He decided to take a dose of the bark and soon felt cold, numb, and drowsy, with thirst prostration and aching bones.
He immediately recognised that these were the symptoms of malaria and thus assumed that was the reason it was successful in the treatment of that condition. After the dose wore off he tried it two or three times just to be sure he experienced the same results. He began to investigate other medicines on himself, his colleagues and his students in the same way he experimented with the Chinchona. After recording the results he found that12. 1. each medicinal substance produces a distinctive combination of signs and symptoms in healthy volunteers and 2. that medicines whose symptom pictures most likely match the illness to be treated are the ones most likely to initiate a curative response, by a virtue of that correspondence.
The outward signs of illness represent the automatic self-healing mechanism at work, in which case the similar remedy would need only to assist and strengthen such efforts to lead them to their proper conclusion. The challenge in homeopathy is to pick one substance from nature that truly matches the patient’s symptoms. Rather than giving many different drugs to a patient, a homeopath gives one single remedy that is individualised according to the patient’s pattern of disease. “Homeopaths treat the patients not the disease”14. The similar principle is also known to modern medicine.
Some examples are: Nitroglycerine is used allopathically to treat angina pectoris but it’s provings on a healthy person show cardiac symptoms. Colchicum provings show numerous gout symptoms. It is used both homeopathically and allopathically to treat gout. Digitalis provings showed heart symptoms and it is used both homeopathically and allopathically to treat heart conditions. This, of course, is a crude form of homeopathy but this proves that modern medicine is using the same basic principle as homeopathy.
The next homeopathic principle is potentisation. As Hahnemann treated his patients homeopathically, he found that they were only getting better after a definite period of aggravation. He felt obliged to dilute the remedies and he discovered that the remedies continue to be effective even at concentrations to minute to be detected15 and that brief, vigorous shaking or “succussion” of the remedy before each dilution actually enhances its healing in a subtle way16.
In recent scientific investigations in South Korea, German scientist, Kurt Geckeler discovered that the dilution of a solution of buckminster fullerine “typically made the molecules cluster into aggregates 5 to 10 times as big as those in the original solutions.”17 and this finding may provide a mechanism for how homeopathic remedies worked, that “diluting a remedy may increase the size of the particles to the point when they become biologically active”17.
There has been increasing use of homeopathy even in the National Health Service in Britain to treat various common psychological problems such as anxiety, stress, depression and insomnia, to name just a few. In a recent NHS study, the treatment of these diseases and results of the treatments were recorded and published to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of homeopathy. Some of the results include; a patient with chronic insomnia improved 100% and was not taking any medication to begin with. Another patient had mood swings, work stress, and an eating disorder. They had visited the general practitioner twice and after trying homeopathy and improving 100%, they didn’t visit the GP again.
Another case: The conditions were anxiety and depression. After visiting the GP 8 times with no improvement homeopathy was given. There was a 90% improvement and 100% in drug reduction. They did not visit the GP again. Although these are all cases of successful treatments there are some which weren’t so successful. According to this NHS study, 19% of the patients were less than 50% better after treatment18. However, this still shows that homeopathy has a high success rate in treating patients and actually curing the diseases in the long run without side effects.
Homeopathy doesn’t consider depression a disease but rather a part of a general symptom picture of the patient. In the following case of a woman treated for depression and Crohn’s disease I will mention some of the main symptoms she was experiencing. Due to the lack of space for this paper, I cannot mention all of the symptoms but I have chosen the main points to illustrate how this patient was treated with homeopathy and improved in her overall health. (Case study taken from Ibis 99)
This woman was a dancer but due to her Crohn’s disease, she could no longer dance or do any sports. She became depressed and eventually went to see a homeopath. She was treated in 1992. She came to the homeopath diagnosed with “aggressive Crohn’s disease in anus and colitis”. She said that “Last year [she] was depressed, from [her] pain and poor health. [She] had to drag [her] self to work, [and] resisted taking antidepressants.”
She felt that her life was “a series of losses”. She’s always liked people but for a time she couldn’t be around them. On moving to Portland she had an aversion to people, and almost had a panic attack in the market. She also had many dreams of her dead father and “Active dreams of dead people”. She had dreams of dying. She said that she had lost 12 pounds in one month, and had a decrease in sexual energy. She felt she needed to “protect her body”. She got very irritable and felt “wiped out” all the time because of “severe gas pain” and diarrhea. She also experienced really bad burning pain in her abdominal cavity.