One of the biggest problems Homeopaths have is explaining what Homeopathy is. For instance, when someone asks, can you treat Asthma the answer is both yes and no. We can stimulate the immune system so that a person can be relieved of from Asthma. Do we treat Asthma or any other named disease? No, we do not. This is the difficult part about explaining Homeopathy.
Homeopathic medicine is built on the idea that the body actively seeks balance– and is capable of self-healing. When you strengthen a person’s inner vitality, healing occurs.
Those who merely study and treat the effect of disease are like those who imagine that they can drive away winter by brushing snow from the door.
Paracelsus, 16th century philosopher and physician.
Like Cures Like
Homeopathy is the scientific application of the Law of Similars, often referred to as like cures like. Simply stated, what a medicine can cause in a healthy person, it can cure in someone who is sick. This principle stems from Hahnemann’s real world observations of diseases and their cure, and has been verified by homeopaths ever since. For instance, most of us have experienced the effects of cutting an onion: the profuse watering of eyes and the burning nasal discharge. In Homeopathy, we use a homeopathic preparation of onion to treat ailments such as hay fever or sinus where there is irritation of the nasal passage, eyes and throat. The more closely the symptoms of the patient match those of the medicine, the greater the benefit.
Treating the Individual
Of course, not everyone’s hay fever will be cured by onion. It is important to realize that we do not all become sick in exactly the same way. While any number of different people may suffer from hay fever each will experience it differently. For instance, some may prefer warm rooms and open air, some have itching in the nose, some have itching in the back part of the mouth, some have spasmodic sneezing, some have burning eyes and others have a burning nasal discharge. Because each person has different symptoms, each will require a different medicine—the medicine that is most similar to their unique symptoms.
Homeopathy acknowledges that we are not all the same.