Homeopathy is a truly curative, complete system of medicine. Practiced by hundreds of thousands of fully-trained doctors around the world and lay-homeopaths, with millions and millions of successful cases on a daily basis for over 200 years, homeopathy is used to treat the entire range of conditions.
Homeopathy was modernized and systematized in the early 1800’s by a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann. In his lifetime he was regarded as one of the preeminent physicians in all history. Evidence of this fact is the prominent monument and statue in his likeness at Scott Circle in Washington, D.C., our nation’s capitol! He is the only physician with a statue in the capitol city, sharing real-estate with Washington and Lincoln and the like. I emphasize this point so that you, the reader, understand that when the statue was erected in 1900, homeopathy enjoyed worldwide recognition and respect. In a show-me-the-money world, Hahnemann’s statue is evidence that homeopathy was respected and honored, and I believe this is because of homeopathy’s incredible repeated success in enacting true cures.
Above Hahnemann’s statue is engraved the latin phrase “Simila similibus curantur,” which means, “like cures like.” Also known as the Law of Similars, this principle of the similimum is what guides the prescriber to find the proper remedy and allows the medicine to stimulate the body to heal itself. Homeopathic remedies are chosen based on the totality of symptoms that crude (or, large) doses of a substance would cause in a healthy individual. Some substances are very toxic in small amounts, and some substances only cause symptoms in much higher doses. For example, an extract of the belladonna plant is very toxic in low doses, stimulating the sympathetic (excitatory) nervous system, causing flushes of heat, pounding heart, dry mouth, etc. An example of a less toxic substance is basic salt (sodium chloride), which in small amounts is barely noticeable, but in large amounts causes any number of cation/anion imbalances, osmotic imbalances, and pH imbalances, leading to sunstroke, migraine headaches, allergic sensitivity, dry skin, and a host of other complaints. Homeopaths have, and still do, perform provings, which are controlled experiments whereby many subjects are closely observed and their symptoms recorded, after having received a dose of the substance large enough to cause symptoms. In this way, they can prove a substance, which is to say they can know what the substance can cause in a person’s many bodily systems.
Homeopaths choose the single, proven, remedy/substance, and give the patient the smallest amount possible so as to stimulate a cure but not to overwhelm them. Homeopathic remedies are made through a series of dilutions and potentizations in which the original substance is diluted by a factor of 10:1, 100:1, or 1000:1 and then potentized (by vigorously shaking or stirring). This step is repeated many times over, with sometimes as many as 200 or 1000 or more iterations. Potentization is a crucial step, and modern scientific research proves that simple serial dilutions without potentization are not biologically active. The potentization of each dilution imprints into the liquid crystal structure of water, the vibrational (harmonic) and conformational (shape) of the original substance while removing the actual toxic chemicals. In this way, the body is stimulated by the homeopathic remedy to cure by the principle that Like Cures Like, while not being overwhelmed or burdened by original substances’ toxicity if it were still in crude (undiluted) form. Homeopathic remedies are regulated in America by the FDA and are listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopea of the United States (HPUS).
It is important to note that a remedy is only homeopathic if its proven symptoms are similar to the totality of the marked and peculiar symptoms of the patient. If a child presented to the homeopathic doctor with an ear infection (otitis media) with a red, bulging ear drum (tympanic membrane), a high fever that came on suddenly, a hot/red/dry face, was screaming, flailing the arms in pain, then Belladonna would be homeopathic in this case and the child would be prescribed belladonna in diluted and potentized form.
Homeopathy is used in every acute and chronic human (and animal and plant) condition. Its only limitations are: missing limbs (homeopathy can’t cause regeneration), genetic inheritances and chromosomal anomalies (i.e. Cystic Fibrosis, or Down’s Syndrome or Hereditary Hemochromatosis). Homeopathy can still be used for these people in managing their symptoms, though we can’t expect complete normalcy. In an example from my private medical practice, I treated a woman with hereditary Hemochromatosis. When I first saw her, she was going to the phlebotomist (technician who takes blood) to give blood every 30 days in order to keep her hemoglobin and iron levels down to normal levels. After being prescribed homeopathic Phosphorus based on the Law of Similars, she began to show improvement in many aspects. She reported less anxiety, better sleep, and normal hemoglobin/iron in her next blood test. She was able to put-off the blood-letting for 90 days, then 180 days! Although the woman still has the hereditary genetic disease, her symptoms are greatly improved, as evidenced by the fact that her blood remained normal beyond the typical 30 day window of time.