Homeopathy is both simple and complex. It is simple because the remedies the homeopath gives are PURE natural products of nature, mostly from plants and minerals. They have not been tested on animals, but on human volunteers – and there was no suffering involved. It is complex because human beings are complex and the homeopath has to make it their business to understand the whole patient before prescribing a remedy. Homeopathic remedies act on the patient at a physical, mental and emotional level…..because all of these are connected and influence the wellbeing of the whole person.
The way homeopathy works is not easy to describe because the way it works is directly in contrast to what we are used to believing is normal. Firstly we tend to think that the more medicine we get the stronger it is and the more beneficial will be the effect. Homeopathy works by the opposite principles. This means that when you are given a remedy – for example arnica for an injury from a blow – there is no actual arnica left in the pill you will be given, because it will have been diluted so many times in distilled water. The more times it has been diluted the stronger it becomes! So in homeopathy less is more. Secondly if you are treated homeopathically you will be given something that would have made a volunteer tester of the remedy exhibit the symptoms that the remedy will alleviate. Thirdly patients presenting with the same main symptom to be treated will not be given the same remedy. There is much more to the patient’s state than just the main symptom which makes them unique and which requires that a specific remedy is called for. The remedy works on the whole person.
How can it be that without any material from the plant that produces arnica that the remedy works? It retains the essence or energy of the plant. If you have been studying quantum theory think of that. Homeopathy treats the essence and the energy of the patient. It treats the vital force, that which keeps our hearts and lungs pumping, and our blood circulating and our brains functioning.
Homeopathy is the opposite of conventional medicine in that it does not fight against disease, it works with your vital force (or immune system) by giving you a minute dose of what has made you sick. No, I won’t give you flu germs to clear up your flu, but I will give you a remedy made of something known to cause flu symptoms in a healthy person. The idea is to give the patient’s vital force a wake up call by giving it more of the same
An explanation of what I mean by symptoms is useful here. A symptom is something like a pain, a rash, an itch, a discharge, irritability, over-tiredness. These are not diseases, and I don’t use disease names but I will use the general term dis-ease to describe the suffering of the patient when they are experiencing unpleasant symptoms . So if someone comes to me and says that they have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia I will not be looking for a cure for fibromyalgia. I will be asking the patient about what symptoms they are experiencing, both around the pains they have but also in relation to their general health because we are all unique individuals, and what may be the right remedy for one patient will not be the right remedy for another with the same pains. If I believed that there was a one-size-fits all for any named condition I would have no success in treating my patients.
Homeopathy is all about restoring balance. When you are feeling unwell – whatever the symptoms – you are out of balance. Your body is telling you this by poking you with a pain to make you look at something that is wrong internally. It could be an unresolved injury either from a recent accident or one which occurred years ago. Or it could be grief not fully experienced, but suppressed, after a bereavement or breakup of a relationship. Denial or suppression of emotional suffering is unconscious and a mental imbalance can manifest itself in physical symptoms.
Here are links to some well-expressed explanations of how homeopathy works.
a-r-h.org This is the website of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, my professional organisation.
homeopathy-soh.org This is the website of The Society of Homeopaths.
Here are some symptoms that homeopathy can alleviate by getting the vital force to act.
If your discomfort is not here don’t be discouraged….it just slipped my mind.