Homeopathy: Dr S Ramlachan

 

Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine aimed at assisting the body to heal itself.  It was developed by Samuel Hahnemann, a Leipzig physician, in the late 18th century.

 

The word “homeopathy,”  is derived from two Greek words, “homoios,” meaning “like” or  “similar” and “pathos,” meaning “suffering”.

 

The first law of homeopathy is the “Law of Similars,” which states the symptoms a substance produced when administered in large doses to a healthy person are the very symptoms that the substance can cure when administered to a sick person in very small doses.  Unlike orthodox medicine, which suppresses the symptoms of disease, homeopathy regards the symptoms as part of the body’s attempt to defend itself from illness.

 

The principle of minimal or infinitesimal does is that when medicines are diluted, they are rid of their toxic side effects.  Hahnemann found that when one progressively dilutes the dosages of a substance and uses a process of vigorous shaking (succussion), the substance becomes more potent on a frequency or quantum-physics level.  The process of preparing homeopathic remedies in different potencies (dilutions) is called “potentisation” and releases the intrinsic curative energy of a substance.

 

Homeopathic practitioners have a material media of more than 3000 remedies,

made up of substances from the animal, mineral and plant kingdoms.  A specific homeopathic remedy may be used to treat many different symptoms, if it matches the symptoms picture of the patient.  A homeopath would therefore treat influenza by noting all the different symptoms in its entirety-headache, congested chest, temperature, aching limbs and so on-and prescribe a specific remedy to treat all the symptoms as a whole.  In addition, the efficacy of a remedy depends on the successful matching of the symptoms of the patient to the symptom picture of the remedy.

 

Many different facets of the patient are taken into consideration-the emotions and spirit; the reaction to heat, cold and food; sleep and work patterns; and age enviroment.  When correct remedy is administered, symptoms should start to clear immediately.  Sensitive patients may find, however, that symptoms get worse before they improve.  When the symptoms have disappeared, the remedy should be discontinued, as homeopathic medicine acts by stimulating the body’s innate ability to heal.

 

Homeopathic remedies are available as tinctures, tablets, pillules or powders and can be prescribed  safely over-the-counter for minor ailments, but more serious conditions should be referred to a qualified practitioner.