What is homeopathy?
The goal of homeopathy is to initiate or strengthen the body's own defense mechanisms and self-healing. Homeopathy can be used on humans as well as on animals. As a pioneer of homeopathy, the German doctor Dr. med. Samuel Hahnemann, who first used the term "homeopathic" or "homeopathy". In contrast to allopathic medicines, homeopathy does not work because of the intake of a certain amount of drug, but because of the immaterial stimuli. This brings the following advantages
- no harmful side effects or interactions with other medicines
- good compatibility
- No risk of overdose
- Symptoms are not suppressed
- No addictive potential
These benefits make homeopathic medicines suitable for the treatment of infants, children, pregnant women and drug-sensitive individuals.
From the point of view of homeopathy, the symptoms are not considered the actual disease. Rather, the body's healing efforts and defense mechanisms are seen in the disorder. The aim of the homeopathic cure is now to strengthen the existing symptoms by means of a drug stimulus, so that this leads to (faster) recovery, because the body's own healing measures are strengthened.
The complaints are often due to a clear causa (cause). A clear allocation of a causa to a complaint is very important in homeopathy as an indicator for drug choice.
The homeopathic healing method is based on:
a) similarity principle
c) Remedy picture
"Similia similibus curantur" ("Something similar may be cured") is the core principle of homeopathy's cure. The same remedy that triggers or enhances certain symptoms helps to heal the same or similar symptoms.
The founder of homeopathy "Dr. Samuel Hahnemann "has in his early days taken large amounts of medicated substances and observed how these affect his organism. He quickly discovered that many substances are too aggressive for humans and therefore need to be diluted. He noticed that by mere dilution the effect diminished as the degree of dilution increased, until it completely disappeared. This fact brought him to the very meaningful idea:
a) gradually dilute the drug bases
b) vigorously shake or triturate the diluent at each dilution stage
He called this process Dynamization, which today is known as "potentiation". The potentiation of a drug base enhances the healing power. The potentation process in the production of homeopathic medicines thus at the same time includes the dilution of the drug and the strengthening of the healing effect.
The remedy pictures describe how the organism can react to homeopathic medicines. The drug pictures serve the homoeopath as working basis for the prescription or composition of a homeopathic remedy.