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What Is Homeopathy and How Does It Cure?

Written by
Dr. Potnuru Srinivaasa Sudhakar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Aug 10, 2018 and last reviewed on Dec 18, 2018   -  2 min read



This article provides an introduction to homeopathy to those who are curious about the principles on which this system of medicine works.

What Is Homeopathy and How Does It Cure?

Homeopathy is a system of complementary medicine in which the complaints are treated with a single and minimal dosage without side effects by the use of natural substances. It is a holistic system of medicine prepared with highly diluted substances which helps increase the body's healing mechanisms.

A homeopath will prescribe medicines depending on the totality of the symptoms. It is peculiar to homeopathy. The totality of symptoms means the doctor is not concerned only about the disease, but also about the total personality of the patient.

The totality of symptoms includes the complete set of emotional, mental and physical manifestations of an individual's illness.

The Principle of Homeopathy:

Homeopathy was invented by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who was looking for ways to reduce the damaging side effects of medical treatments and other dangerous procedures.

The primary principle is "similia similibus curantur." This means the substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in a healthy person would cure similar symptoms in sick people.

Hahnemann's Concept:

Hahnemann was translating the Scottish physician William Cullen's Materia Medica to German. According to Cullen's theory, Cinchona can be used for curing malaria and also to produce malaria-like symptoms (by consuming cinchona bark decoction). Hahnemann wanted to test the theory himself. So, he consumed cinchona bark decoction and experienced fever, joint pains, and symptoms similar to those of malaria. From this, Hahnemann realized that all effective drugs produce symptoms in healthy persons similar to those of the disease that they treat. This is called as proving.

Hahnemann then began to test the effects of different substances on healthy human beings. This procedure is named as homeopathic provings. He thus published a collection of provings as Materia Medica Pura.

He found that large doses of drug substances causing similar symptoms would increase illness. For the function of a cell, tissue or organ, there is a need for a force which is known as vital force. This is an invisible force. Whenever this vital force is altered, the changes occur in the function of the normal cell, tissue or organ.

Hahnemann believed that the underlying cause of disease, termed as miasms, are the dynamics which alter the normal state of healthy human beings.

Homeopathic medicines are made from nanoparticles of small quantities of substances extracted from plants, animals or minerals. They are quantitatively decreased and qualitatively increased.

Conditions Curable:

Some of the conditions that are curable through homeopathic remedies are:

  1. Allergies.
  2. Migraines.
  3. Depression.
  4. Chronic fatigue syndrome.
  5. Rheumatoid arthritis.
  6. Irritable bowel syndrome.
  7. Premenstrual syndrome.

From being called as an alternative system of medicine, homeopathy has become the primary healthcare and a complementary system of medicine. Homeopathy is the safest system of medicine to cure diseases.

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