Homeopathy is a perfectly simple system of medicine, remaining always fixed in its principles as in its practice, if rightly comprehended will be found to be complete and therefore serviceable. It was founded by a German physician Dr Christian Fredriche Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) in the late 18th century. The word ‘homoios’ means like or similar and ‘pathos’ means suffering and so Homoeopathy is a Medicine of likes. It is a method of curing the sufferings in a diseased individual by administration of remedies that have the capacity to produce similar sufferings in a relatively healthy individual.
As we know human body has a defensive mechanism by which our body tries to protect itself from various noxious agents that affects the normal functioning of our body. In other words, it can be called as Immunity power or vital force of our body. When this immunity or defensive force impaired then we come to a stage called dis-ease, i.e. not feeling of ease. In such condition we need an external stimulus called medicine.
Homeopathy medicine is a stimulus to this condition which stimulates the immunity power or the vital force in a dynamic plane and the body defences the noxious agents in a dynamic way and a condition of general wellbeing is established known as “Health”. Here health defines as the combination of the mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Principles of homeopathy
While treating patients with homeopathic medicines, its cardinal principles should be followed strictly in order to get the maximum result. -
- The first and foremost principle is the “law of similia”, i.e. “similia similibus curenture” which means, let like to be cured by likes. It means that a medicinal substance can cure those symptoms which it can produce in healthy human beings.
- Law of simplex- it means the medicine should be administered in a single, simple and unadulterated form.
- Law of minimum- The medicine to be prescribed in minimum doses.
It is sufficient to establish a cure with a single medicine in a simplex form and minimum doses if the case is taken properly. So another important aspect of homeopathy treatment is the “case taking”. We can say a well taken case is a half cured case. A medicine to be selected after
Homeopathy treats the patient in disease not the disease in patient. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the present & past history, family history and medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution with characteristic particulars. Here in this forum we are trying to redefine the classical homeopathy through an interactive/participatory method. So a positive participation is awaited by the Homeowikipedia team.