- Homeopathy does not deny the need for allopathic (western) medicine, especially in life threatening events and surgery. They work perfectly well together and complement each other very well. The homeopathic remedies do not interact with allopathic drug treatments and they can go well together until the patient have gained enough vitality to lower the dosage and in the end, safely stop the synthetic drug treatment. On the way to health, the patient will progressively feel an increased vitality and well-being.
- Homeopathy is based on the law of similarity Similia similibus curantur [“like cures like”] which was first postulated by Hippocrates, the father of the Western Medicine (Hippocratic Oath) : ”Through the like, disease is produced, and through the application of the like, disease is cured.” Rather than Hippocrates, Claudius Galen should be considered the father of Western medicine as it developed based on the Galenic maxim, contraria contrariis, the Law of Contraries. Western medicine is ‘controlling’ diseases with the ‘anti-’ drugs: anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea, anti-vomitive, etc. Homeopathy strongly believes that all these symptoms are natural body healing signs, where the vital force struggles to reestablish the homeostasis, the health state, in the body. The body can heal itself from minor or mild diseases where our natural vital force is strong enough to deal with that disease. In strong powerful diseases where the vital force is overwhelmed by the disease, it needs help or stimulation in dealing with the disease. Homeopathy does this by providing the vital force with the smallest necessary degree of ‘information’ or ‘guiding’ translated by remedial symptoms similarity.
- Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy, graduated the University of Leipzig as a student with unusual talents in languages, mathematics, and botany. Then he took up the study of medicine and chemistry and became a qualified physician in 1791. He practiced medicine as a profession for nine years, and then gave it up because he did not agree with the cruel and often poisonous treatments of his time, feeling that his patients will do better without the classical treatment offered at the time.
Being a man of high morality, he lived in poverty many years, rather than have a high income doing more harm than good. He made a living as a translator of medical books. One of them was ‘Treatise on Materia Medica’ by Dr. Cullen of Edinburgh. In this book he read of the discovery that Cinchona bark could cure malaria because of the bitterness of the bark. Hahnemann doubted this and experimented with daily small doses on himself and, to his surprise, he started to develop the malaria’s symptoms. He stopped then taking the bark and the symptoms abated too. This was the seed from which Homeopathy developed in that fertile terrain of Hahnemann’s intuitive mind.
- The controversy of Homeopathy continues today because the mystery behind its mechanism of action eludes our understanding. Kent, one of the foremost homeopaths, said “ While Homeopathy itself is a perfect science, its truth is only partially known. The truth itself relates to the divine and the knowledge relates to the man. It will require a long time before physicians become genuine masters in this truth”…
- Clinical trials are very difficult to be conducted because of the individualization of the homeopathic treatment. A specific case cannot be duplicated because the same chronic disease usually needs a different remedy in a different person.
Here are some links related to clinical trials from PubMed, The National Library of Medicine: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9456734?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVAbstractPlus .
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1825800 – British Medical Journal in February 1991
Kleinen, Clinical Trials of Homeopathy, British Medical Journal, London, February 1991, no302, pp316 : “The amount of positive evidence….came as a surprise to us. Based on this evidence we would be ready to accept that homeopathy can be efficacious, if only the mechanism of action were more plausible.” – of the 105 trials with interpretable results, 81 trials indicated positive results using Homeopathy.
- Science can not explain how homeopathic remedies work. A chemical analysis cannot find anything but sugar in homeopathic remedies. The homeopathic remedies carry a remedial energy, activated by dilution and potentization, but an energetic analysis is still unavailable.
- If the mechanism of action can not be explained does not mean that Homeopathy can not be effective. Recall that just before the 20th Century conservative scientists were saying that an object heavier than air cannot fly or that man would die if we traveled faster than 45km/h! Hahnemann (1755-1843) was a truly open-minded doctor and scientist, more than 200 years ahead of his time.
- There is an opinion that Homeopathy is acting based on placebo effect. Of course this is well undermined by the fact that Homeopathy works equally on infants, unconscious people and animals.
- New findings never contradict the stable laws and principles of Homeopathy as first postulated by Dr.Samuel Hahnemann in the first Organon of Medicine in 1810, almost 200 years ago. Each new disease that may arise still falls under the same laws and homeopathic principles.
- Homeopathy has its own trials named ‘provings’ in which a remedy is tested on healthy people in order to find the symptoms that the remedy can produce and also can heal in a disease state. Hahnemann proved on himself the majority of his remedies.
- The death rate in the Homeopathic hospitals during the Cholera endemic in 1831, in Europe, was 4-5% compared with over 50% in allopathic hospitals. This amazing success led to a swing away from orthodox medical practice at that time. Hahnemann cured an endemic diseases as cholera 170 years ago with the same remedies that could be used today in a cholera epidemic.
- He rescued Napoleon’s army by curing typhoid fever in 1813 and saved the life of thousands of people by preventive prescribing.
- In the great flu pandemic, of 1918 in London, 45% of the patients in the allopathic hospitals died. In the homeopathic hospitals the death rate was less than 5%.
- From the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria to the present day the Royal Family of Britain have always had homeopaths as their personal physicians.
- The interest in Homeopathy grew from year to year, and many orthodox physicians became homeopaths. The Hahnemann Medical College was first founded in America by Hering, a great student of Hahnemann, in 1860 and had 70 professors and 300 students at any time.
- The homeopaths criticized the allopaths for using strong and sometimes dangerous remedies at once, instead of as a last resort after gentler remedies had been tried. Then in 1846 the AMA (American Medical Association) was founded to get back the business the allopaths had been losing. The code of ‘ethics’ of the AMA forbade their members from even consulting homeopaths. In 1883 the entire New York Medical Society was expelled from the AMA because they chose to include in their membership all qualified physicians, including homeopaths. Of course Homeopathy lost terrain in this totally unbalanced battle where AMA was using political and drug companies influence and money to hammer down Homeopathy and as a result many schools and hospitals closed.
- Big pharma companies do not like homeopathic remedies because they are extremely inexpensive, as 5-6 cents a day in dry doses and in liquid doses even less, and also they cannot be patented.
- In acute diseases such as a cold, stomach flu, an ear infection or sport injuries, the right remedy will give relief in matter of minutes! A fever will drop quickly and an increase of vitality and good disposition will follow. It still amazes me every time I see it!
- In chronic diseases there is need for patience, perseverance and active introspection of your symptoms. In exchange you will get permanent cure, not just alleviation and suppression of symptoms. This is of course in cases without advanced organic pathologies. In advanced organic pathology there is need for palliation and Homeopathy can do also very good, increasing the patient well-being and life span.
- Because homeopathic treatment is highly individualized and the homeopath can adhere more or less to the advanced methods of classical homeopathy, finding a good homeopath could be very challenging. See the article “On the choice of a Homeopath” by Dr.Luc.( http://www.drluc.com/homeopathy-select.htm)