What is homeopathy?

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Is homeopathic treatment limited to herbal medicine? What does homeopathy consist of? Is it effective? We answer these and other questions in the following article. 

Homeopathy is often mistakenly referred to as herbal medicine, while it encompasses a much broader range of treatment methods than just herbs. Homeopathic treatment uses substances of natural origin, including herbs, minerals, as well as substances of animal origin. 

Since when has it been used?

The history of homeopathy in the Western world dates back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, leading to the name of German physician Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann. He translated medical literature from other parts of the world and conducted research on the effects of natural substances. This led him to publish the book “Organon der Hailkunst” (“Interpretation of the Art of Healing”), in which he described the principles of homeopathy and its theory. This manual is a constantly updated source of knowledge for homeopaths.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathic treatment is based on principles developed by Hahnemann that are still used today.

Principle of similarities

The basic principle of homeopathy is the principle of similarity, according to which like must be treated with like. A substance that in large doses causes symptoms of a disease, in small amounts can eliminate them. A good example here is the effect of onions. When cut, the juice secreted irritates the nasal mucous membranes, which causes runny nose and watery eyes. Onion juice diluted with water and sugar is a great remedy for a runny nose or cough. Thus, onions can both cause a runny nose and cure it, depending on the amount and method of administration. Homeopathic medicines work on a similar principle.

Vital force theory

The second important element of homeopathy is the vital force theory. According to it, medicines alone are not enough to get back in shape and regain health. Apart from medical remedies, a person should focus on his spiritual energy, which can heal the body and has a key role in keeping it healthy.

The principle of minimum

The third important principle of homeopathic treatment is the principle of minimum, that is, using the smallest possible doses while following the body’s reaction. In this way, the body is stimulated to activate its own defense mechanisms. Too high a dose of a substance could exacerbate the symptoms of an illness.

Individualism

Another rule used in homeopathy is individualism. In this treatment, it is emphasized that each person is different and each organism functions slightly differently. Therefore, even with similar symptoms, two different people may receive different medicines or the medicine will be administered in different doses.

What opinions does homeopathic treatment have?

When searching for opinions on homeopathy, you will come across many conflicting opinions regarding its effectiveness. Reasons often given for such differences include acting on one’s own – patients try to apply homeopathic treatment on their own, choosing medicines and dosages as they see fit. Such practices have little chance of success and may even end up worsening the patient’s condition. For homeopathy to work, it is necessary to consult a specialist – a homeopath, who will first conduct a detailed interview with the patient, and then individually select drugs and their dosages.

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