What Is Homeopathy? Part 2

/ October 10th, 2011/ Posted in Alternative Medicine / Comments Off on What Is Homeopathy? Part 2

Homeopathy is composed from two Greek words, namely homeios meaning similar and pathos meaning suffering. Expressed in another way you could say that “like cures like.”

Does it ring a bell?

“Like cures like” — this is actually what it’s all about.

I will give you an example. We all know what happens when you cut an onion in two — your eyes smart and fills with tears and the nose starts to run. You will also feel better if you open the window to let some fresh air into your kitchen.

When you see the very same symptoms (eyes smarting, runny nose, feels better in open air) in a person with a cold you give him homeopathically prepared onion — Allium cepa, which is Latin for onion — and he will be on his way to full recovery in no time.

A certain substance produces certain symptoms in a healthy person. When you encounter the same symptoms in a sick person you give this very substance, but now prepared into a homeopathic remedy.

Not all colds show these symptoms. Some people may get sticky greenish discharges from the nose instead. Some get very high fever and others hardly any fever at all. Some people suffer from an extremely painful throat and others have no problems with the throat.

All these different types of colds with their different symptoms have to be treated differently with different remedies chosen individually for each person.

This is what “like cures like” is all about. And this also describes the most characteristic feature of homeopathy.

What about the diluted remedies?

Who didn’t hear about diluted remedies in connection with homeopathy? Although they are not actually characteristic for homeopathy diluted — or potentized — remedies are used by most homeopaths.

Samuel Hahnemann, the “Father of Homeopathy,” didn’t use diluted remedies at all in the beginning; he used the mother tinctures. When he saw that some of his patients suffered from the strong reactions to the remedies he gave them, he found a way to dilute and shake the remedies in order to make them more potent and at the same time the patient didn’t have to suffer.

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