is a medical system based on the principle that like cures like. Mainly used potentised means to stimulate the body's own healing functions. The word homeopathy comes from the Greek words homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering), and the basic idea of this method is that like cures like. Homeopathy was developed in the late 1700s, although some basic ideas have been known before in Indian and Oriental Medicine and has been mentioned by medical personalities like Hippocrates and Paracelsus.
"By the equal of disease occurs, and by using what is similar curable disease."
Hippocrates "About human nature"
Christian F Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) described, however, as the founder of homeopathy. He worked as a doctor, but later became increasingly critical of elements of the prevalent health care, such as bloodletting and purging. When he was working to translate a medical work, he noted that the symptoms caused by quinine in a healthy body, similar to the symptoms that quinine was used to alleviate.
Hahnemann began with practical research in the field, on the basis that certain substances provoke certain phenomena in the human body. During a twenty-year period were identified mode of action of some seventy different substances from plant, animal and mineral kingdom. Healthy individuals tested a substance by one and all reactions and symptoms were noted. In 1796, Hahnemann formulated the principle similia similibus curentur (like cures like), and in 1810 he published his research findings into practice Organon der ratio Heilkunde.
The idea behind the funds were tried (and still tested) in humans and not animals is that the former can register all their symptoms, so that both physical and mental effects can be added.
The survey has continued after Hahnemann's time, and today revised versions of his Materia Medica (pharmaceutical science) about 2000 homeopathic medicines, of which 200 is the most widely used. In 1879, Constantin Hering (1800-1880) his work Guiding Symptoms based on 50 years of clinical practice. Other people who meant a lot to the development of homeopathy is James Tyler Kent (18491916), Pierre Schmidt during the 1900s and today George Vithoulkas, working in Greece.
Today homeopathy is most developed in his native Germany, where it is practiced by both herbalists (heilpraktiker) as regular doctor. The method is also widespread in England, the British "Commonwealth," some other European countries and the Americas.
Man and disease
Man seen in homeopathy as an integrated whole that is constantly works on three levels: the mental / spiritual, the emotional / mental and the physical plane. The organism will always work as a whole, whether it is healthy or affected by disease factors. A disease is a deviation from the normal state of health, and not an isolated itself. If a stimulus is stronger than the resistance of the organism, it leads to imbalance and various symptoms. The homeopathic medicine bases its entire therapy on an analysis of subjective symptoms - it is the sum of symptoms that constitute the patient's very own disease and every illness to be treated individually. The basic premise of homeopathy is to stimulate the body's self healing ability.
The homeopathic medicines
The medicines used in homeopathy are usually potentised, which means that a substance is diluted in several steps. Are used as well other types of drugs.
A substance from plant, animal or mineral is mixed with, for example alcohol or milk sugar. The degree of dilution indicated in Europe generally by the letter D (deci = one tenth) and a number. The exception is England, which uses a centi (C). D1 is diluted to a tenth their original concentration. To get D2 diluted another ten times, and so on. At D23, the so-called Avogadro's number is reached when one can no longer detect any molecules of the parent compound in the solution. However, the physical changes in the water medium detected in higher dilutions than the D23.
The theory behind the potentiation is that the effect of a drug is inversely proportional to its main ingredient. The power of a substance is not in the substance itself but its patterns, and the less of the substance involved, the more powerful the pattern. This is explained by some form of energy is formed and reinforced by the solution is shaken rhythmically at dilution. Shaking should be done during a certain time and under specific environmental conditions.
It also says that the potentiation increasing the strength of the compound's electromagnetic fields. All living organisms and all substances have an electromagnetic field. A substance can affect humans in two ways: either by direct chemical action or by interaction between the electromagnetic fields, provided that the resp. frequencies are sufficiently close to a resonance to be possible. Somehow, the original substance electromagnetic fields of the solution molecules without altering its resonant frequency changes.
Not all medicines in homeopathy is potentised. Hering has developed nosodläran (from the Greek noxe = damage) A nosode is a drug derived from the disease-causing substance. Nosodes are used for such treatment of infectious diseases and allergies. The procedure is similar desensitisation treatment in the usual care. Nosodes is usually not in Sweden.
The homeopathic basic principle is, as said, that like cures like. To substances that can cause illness can also cure them, probably because of that these substances activate the body's defense system. The patient's defenses can only manifest their activity by producing symptoms. Therefore, a favorable response to a homeopathic remedy is preceded by a "deterioration" of the symptoms, known first deterioration. This can be regarded as a desirable response: the patient is initially lower and then get better. However, if a prescription is repeated too often without being called, deterioration can be harmful; defense mechanism may become overstimulated.
Allopathic drugs (allopathy = antagonistic), ie. those often used in conventional medicine, seen as pathogenic stimuli per se. What is called "adverse events" are actually signs that the defense mechanism, reacting to this disease impact. The suppressive effect of these drugs is the result of suppressing defense mechanism best possible answer. This is seen in homeopathy as an important factor behind the emergence and maintenance of our time, chronic diseases.
The so-called Hering law means just that diseases that may not be adequate (ie homeopathic) treatment can be switched from an acute to a chronic stage. They also have a tendency to move from the outer parts of the internal organs, from less to more important organs, from the lower parts of the body to the higher. A real healing goes in the opposite direction: from top to bottom, the key agencies getting relief first, inside and out. This process often involves the earlier stages of disease relived.
While homeopathy emphasizes that each diagnosis and treatment must involve the whole body, they argue that only diseased cells respond to the remedy given. The reason is that the resistance is smaller and the cells' vital pattern is considered to comply with the drug master patterns (or electromagnetic frequencies). Very reason, and because of the lack of the real material substance in the homeopathic medicine, there is little risk of harmful side effects or adverse effects of an incorrect remedy. Despite this, the preference is for the lowest possible dose of an agent.
In order to determine which homeopathic remedy to be prescribed, homeopath compares the patient's symptoms with various food symptoms pictures to find the best match. The essence of the homeopathic prescription is to choose the similar product.
For each remedy in the Materia Medica is a description of the symptoms and signs associated with the food in question, listed in bodily symptoms. Listed are also factors that influence the patient's symptoms, such as type of pain and what relieves or reduces the motion, rest, heat, cold, time of day, etc. In addition to localized symptoms, general symptoms that affect the whole person and expressions of emotion and temperament. However, it is not symptom or symptoms in themselves which is then processed. Symptoms are clues - it is the underlying disorder in an effort to reach and treat.
Homeopathic remedies are used both in acute and chronic problems. They are reported to be especially effective with allergies (asthma and eczema), headaches, migraines, women's health and geriatric care. They are not as helpful in cancer, MS and other diseases in which organs and tissues have been destroyed, and in cases where the patient's forces weakened by various forms of abuse and prolonged treatment with cortisone, psychotropic drugs, chemotherapy and radiation.