Homœopathy is a holistic system of healing based upon the principle of Similars. It addresses the dynamic disharmony that gives rise to the symptoms of disease. Rather than treating each symptom in isolation, the homœopath considers the person as a whole and seeks to match the unique totality of the symptom picture observed with a homœopathic remedy. By stimulating the body’s self-regulating process, the carefully selected remedy initiates the healing response, helping the body to heal itself.
Similia Similbus Curentur ‘like cures like’
The word homœopathy is derived from the Greek, homœo ‘similar’, and pathos ‘suffering’.
Homœopathy was developed by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). After years of painstaking research and practice, Hahnemann confirmed the principle of cure through Similars. He realised that any substance that can bring about disease in a healthy person may be used to cure a sick person with a similar illness. While Hahnemann developed and refined the principles of Homœopathy as we know them today, the healing principle of ‘like cures like’ goes back thousands of years to Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine.
Homœopaths do not view disease as something external to the patient. Rather they see it as the disturbed behaviour of the organism in response to what Hahnemann called a 'morbific agent', meaning an offending influence that can cause disease, such as a virus, bacteria, pollen or even a trauma or grief.
We tend to say that the patient has croup or hay fever for instance. Notice that the disease labels 'croup' and 'hay fever' are nouns. It would be more accurate to say the patient is croup-ing or hay fever-ing because disease is more like a verb. You could liken it to a dance that the organism enters into when it comes into contact with a 'morbific agent' as Hahnemann put it.
To clarify this point, suppose for example an individual comes into contact with the seasonal flu virus and starts to exhibit symptoms commonly associated with this illness such as achey pains, fever, headache and runny nose. We tend to say that the person has 'caught' the flu. The inherent belief is that disease is the virus; something separate from the person that comes from the outside. All efforts are subsequently focused on combatting the offending virus. In reality however, there are millions of microbes 'out there' that don't affect us. Hahnemann realised that the solution lies not in overcoming the virus but rather harmonizing the way the organism responds to that virus.
In chronic disease the body is unable to bring itself back into dynamic balance as it has gone past the phase of homeostatic recovery. To regain the healthy state, assistance is needed. That assistance comes in the form of the homœopathic remedy if and only if it bears similarity to the diseased state, according to the principle of Similars. Moreover, Hahnemann adds that the treatment should be rapid, gentle and permanent. The beauty of homœopathy lies in its simplicity.
When referring to the healing arts, we usually talk about disease but have we ever considered what ultimate health entails? Samuel Hahnemann had a wonderful definition.
Sara's wish for all her patients is to help them realign with their inner truth so that they can find their ultimate purpose in life.