Into the world of Homeopathy
With the dangers of conventional drugs and vaccines increasingly coming to light, and the pharmaceutical industry’s notorious tendency to put their bottom line ahead of peoples’ health, many disillusioned individuals are experimenting with alternative medicine. Unfortunately, the waters of alternative medicine have become a feeding ground for thieves and quacks. Before you make a decision about whether homeopathy (or tissue salts) are right for you, take the time to educate yourself. That’s the great thing about knowledge: it’s harmless. In this article, I will as quickly as possible outline what homeopathy is, and how it works.
Homeopathy, in contrast to its current reputation as an alternative “new age” therapy, has a detailed and rich history that stretches back to the eighteenth century. Many famous and distinguished personalities have used homeopathy, such as Charles Darwin and the English Royal Family have used homeopathy. It was used with dramatic results in the in 1918 flu pandemic. Homeopathy, to simplify greatly, has two principles. The first is “Like Cures Like”, meaning that substances that cause symptoms in a healthy person will cure those symptoms in a sick person. There are many theories on why this is, but it can be readily observed outside homeopathy. As a quick example, drug Ritalin will induce hyperactivity in a normal child, but help a child already suffering from hyperactivity. If someone came to a homeopath seeking help for a runny nose, then that homeopath would look for a remedy that causes runny noses in healthy people. Perhaps it would be potentised onion extract. The second principle is dilution and potentisation, and this is what makes homeopathy controversial. Ritalin can help hyperactivity, but its toxic nature carries many harmful side effects. Cure without harm has always been the great goal of doctors throughout history, and homeopathy claims to have the answer.
Tiny Doses, Big Impact
A homeopath might put a drop of substance into a hundred drops of water, shake it (or “succuss” it, in the lingo), put a drop of that solution into another hundred drops of water, succuss it again, and on and on, up to several thousand times. Eventually, there will be absolutely no molecular trace of the original substance left, and this is what people find hard to swallow about homeopathy. If there’s nothing there, how can it possibly help? This question is hard to answer. Homeopathy has a formidable track record against disease. Clearly, something is happening. But no-one is 100% sure on how it works. It has been theorised for thousands of years that all matter is surrounded by energy fields, and that these energy fields react to certain stimuli. Have you ever noticed how happy and optimistic people rebound from sickness easily, while so many people get ill as a result of crushing emotional trauma (such as a divorce)? And have you heard that people can report health improvements even after being given blank placebo pills (in other words, their body has been tricked into healing itself?) A body’s health is a many layered beast. We understand some parts fairly well (such as the immune system), but others are still closed books to us.
Energy, Not Chemicals
It is believed that by succussing a homeopathic remedy, you can imprint some energy trace of the original substance on to the blank water solution. Thus, you keep the remedy’s effect, but lose its toxic chemicals. You are free to accept or dismiss this as you choose, but if it is true then it is the biggest medical discovery since Pascal’s germ theory. You cannot overdose on homeopathy. Thousands of remedies can be made from a few grams of the remedy. The implications are endless. Homeopathy is a deep and fascinating system of medicine. Libraries could be filled writing about it. If you are interested in reading more about this subject, I urge you to check out the free tutorials at Homeopathy Plus.