What is Homeopathy

hahanemannHomeopathy is the principle that like heals like or “simila similibus’ as Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) the founder of Homeopathy would describe its mechanism of action.  Dr Hahnemann’s premise in curing disease is to give the ill patient a potentized  (diluted) dose of medicine -the same medicine that would cause identical symptoms of disease in a healthy patient should repeated dosing  be administered, (commonly known as a “proving”). Hahnemann tested substances for the effect they produced on a healthy individual and tried to deduce from this the ills they would heal. The notion behind Homeopathy is not to just target and remediate  the single most recent  symptoms , as most symptoms are due to a patients response to a larger systemic problem developing from within, but to treat all the symptoms including those that have become less troublesome over the years.  It is necessary to consider the recent symptom or acute complaint and the old,historical past symptoms  which may have disappeared  over time or changed  with the use of cortisone, antibiotics or sometimes even the excessive use of vaccines .

For those new to the medicine of Homeopathy I recommend  a short book entitled “Beyond Flat Earth Medicine”  by  Dr Timothy Dooley .  For a more comprehensive explanation and  the specific application of Homeopathy in animals ,Dr Richard Pitcairn’s “The Natural Dog and Cat” is unparalleled.

 

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