I thought it would be useful to discuss the principles that underlie how homeopathy works. To do so we need to look at homeopathy's foundation as well as the basis of conventional (allopathic) medicine. The bedrock principle of homeopathy is that "Like Cures Like". If one understands what this axiom truly means one understands homeopathy. On a basic level, "Like Cures Like" denotes that we treat the symptoms of disease with substances that have been experimentally shown to produce symptoms similar to the disease state in question.
A simple example is when the symptoms of a cold are treated with the homeopathic remedy, Allium cepa (homeopathic preparation of red onion). Think of it, what happens when you peel an onion? There is a burning in your eyes, tears form, your nose runs, etc. Not every person with a cold has these symptoms. Which is why Allium cepa is not a panacea for all colds. But, for those whose symptoms are similar to the symptoms of this homeopathic medicine, they will see results. The key word is similar. A person with a disease is treated with a homeopathic medicine with similar symptoms-a similar, artificial disease. The result is cure. In other words, when the natural disease is treated with the similar, artificial disease (homeopathic medicine), it is cured.
Hahnemann observed this early on in his experiments with Peruvian Tree Bark-Cinchona officinalis. The pattern of fever symptoms exhibited by the use of Cinchona is similar to what was then called intermittent fever (malaria). There are many recorded cures of malaria by Cinchona in the homeopathic literature. If the enactment of "Like Cures Like" produces cure what happens when the treatment of opposites is employed? The use of conventional, allopathic drugs shows us the answer. One could describe the employment of allopathic medicines as based on the law of opposites. One takes an anti-histamine for a runny nose. Or an anti-depressant for depression. An overgrowth of bacteria is treated with an antibiotic. The natural disease is being treated with its opposite-a dissimilar disease. Allopathy intentionally tries to create a 100% dissimilar disease.
There are 3 possible outcomes when two dissimilar diseases come together:
1. The older chronic disease repels the more recent but weaker disease. The stronger disease does not allow the occurrence of the new, weaker disease. An example is someone with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome who never gets a cold. The immune system is already dealing with such a strong, invasive disease and therefore on high alert. Such that a minor disease like a cold cannot get through the heightened immune defenses. In fact, when such a person is treated homeopathically it can be a sign of improvement when they get a cold because it means that their chronic disease is succumbing to the homeopathic medicine.
2. The newer disease is stronger than the older one and it actually suspends or postpones the older disease. The goal of allopathic treatment is to provide a much stronger dissimilar disease (the drug) that suspends the older, natural disease. Over time it becomes more and more difficult to suppress the older disease and higher and higher doses of drugs (and often additional other drugs) are needed. This is the control of disease referred to by allopathic medicine. To keep this disease control going, to continue to suppress the older natural disease, the person must take the drug for the rest of their lives.
3. Formation of a complex disease. This is the most common result. The newer dissimilar disease coexists with the older chronic disease. For instance the newer kidney disease coexists with the older heart disease. The drug-induced disease ("side effects") exists side by side with the chronic disease. This is where polypharmacy comes in to play. As the older chronic disease is treated with the allopathic drug (newer dissimilar disease) its side effects are treated with another drug whose side effects are treated with another drug, etc. These 'complex diseases' are difficult to treat, as there is an intertwined group of symptoms from the natural disease and the drug-induced disease. The formation of such a complex disease is inevitable if they are treated long enough by allopathic drugs.
In essence, the homeopathic remedy creates a similar, but much stronger, artificial disease, which overcomes the natural disease present in the patient. So, you have a patient with a natural disease and you create an artificial disease that is somewhat stronger, therefore can overcome, due to the Law of Similars, the natural disease. The artificial disease created by the remedy is very easy to manipulate by the homeopath. The dose, potency, frequency of dosage, number of succussions-all can be used to affect the artificial disease. The goal is rapid, gentle, and permanent restoration of health.
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