Principles Of Homeopathy
Some of the basic principles of classical homeopathy as described by its founder are are:
Diseases represent a disturbance in the body's ability to heal itself (or the Vital Force) and that only a small stimulus is needed to begin the healing process.
Seven eighths of all chronic diseases are due to suppressed Psora (itch). Even before it manifests in symptoms, the disorder has begun.
The totality of symptoms has to be considered. Detailed history taking is important.
Treatment is individualized. No two persons have exactly the same constitution. Though symptoms they produce may be similar, their reaction to the same medication may be different.
Treatment is aimed not at the suppression of symptoms but at a complete cure.
The Four Fundamental Laws
1. The Law of Similars
This is the core concept of homeopathy. The cure mimics the symptoms of the disease.
This works on the understanding that a “symptom” is not something that has to be controlled, but is the sign that the body is coping with the disease. We get a fever when the body is already in the act of fighting a viral or bacterial infection. Homeopathic medicines therefore will make the body react as it would naturally when it tries to fight a disease.
For instance, if Malaria produces fever and chills, the homeopathic medicine for it will produce similar symptoms in a healthy person, and in an affected person, help to cure the disease.
2. The Single Remedy
According to homeopathy one simple medicinal substance/mixture is given to a the patient at a time. Unlike allopaths, homeopaths do not feel the need to use several drugs at the same time, whatever the nature of the disease. The medication and the dosage will depend on each patient’s constitution.
The understanding here is that a disturbance in the Vital Force has been created and that is manifesting as one or many symptoms. As the reason is one, the cure is single.
3. The Minimum Dose
The smallest possible dose of homoeopathic medicine, just strong enough to “create the slightest homoeopathic aggravation,” is considered adequate. The medicines are diluted (with water or ethyl alcohol ) to one in 99 parts and often this is further and further diluted..
4. The Direction of Cure
Cure takes place from above downward, from within outward, from a more important organ to a less important organ; symptoms disappear in the reverse order of their appearance, the first to appear being the last to disappear.