Homeopathy is a Greek word which means “the medicine should be like the disease” or, “likes should be cured by likes”.
It sounds bizarre, I’m sure. Certainly doctors must think so, because their philosophy, clearly, is to do exactly the opposite! Find the opposite. What is the symptom doing? Then find something that does the opposite of that! Is there a burn? Then find something cold!
Note that many medicines start with the word “anti” (which means “opposite to”):
Anti-biotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-histamines….
Is there a problem with being on the opposing end all the time?
1. Well, for one thing, the symptoms are frequently not the problem that you think they are. There is another word for symptoms, it’s called The Immune System! I had always heard that the immune system is our friend, something to be cultivated and strengthened! If you have diarrhea, that’s your immune system at work, getting rid of germs and bacteria that have no business being there.
2. There is also the assumption that these “opposite” treatments can even do the job they’re being asked to do! Can they?
Using an opposite force against a symptom gives relief only just long enough to make you think you’re on the right track; but inevitably, when the “opposite” drug wears off, the immune system seems so angry that it was interfered with, it surges forward like a spring on the rebound! It tries twice as hard to put the symptom out that was there before the drug was given! Now you have no choice but to repeat the drug.
Our bodies are genetically programmed to evict invaders. We call these eviction proceedings “symptoms”. An illustration of this would be the nausea that develops after too much alcohol is consumed. Vomiting cures the whole thing and the person feels well again. No one would try to oppose this symptom with an anti-emetic because the symptom itself cures! It turns out that most symptoms have some purpose, despite being uncomfortable and often unfathomable. The solution is not to suppress them, thereby engaging in some kind of war with your own immune system. If you “win” that war, what does that mean?
This immune response is instinctive and persistent in nature as long as the underlying cause still exists. Consequently, an “anti”, “anti-pathic” or opposite treatment would require constant repetition to beat back this instinctual response.
Sooner or later, the body gives up under such an assault of drugs, and you might defeat your immune system at last. But now maybe the next time it’s needed, it doesn’t fight for you so hard! “I seem to get one cold after another.” “I have so many allergies!” Well, congratulations, your immune system has been weakened by so many drugs, so many antibiotics, so much steroid use… it can’t defend you anymore.
Why is homeopathy the better choice? Well, just not being toxic is a plus, but there’s more:
In nature, similars repel, and herein lies the scientific explanation for homeoapthy! Two similar diseases cannot coexist in the same body (this is the vaccination concept; so, doctors, you can’t argue with us! Not only vaccinations but, there are other treatments we call “accidental homeopathy”, like Ritalin–which is “speed”–for hyperactive children.)
Homeopathic remedies are, in reality, “artificial diseases”. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, explains it like this:
“…two fevers cannot exist in the same body at the same time. There is much similarity between the fevers and coughs of measles and those of whooping cough. In an epidemic where these two diseases raged simultaneously, … many children who had just had measles remained free from whooping cough. They would all have remained permanently free of whooping cough … if whooping cough were not just partly similar to measles; ie, if it also had a similar skin eruption. … But when measles meets a disease that is similar to it in its main symptom–the eruption–it will undeniably destroy and cure it homeopathically. … But see what advantage man has over the chance happenings of crude nature!” (The Organon of Medicine #46 and 51)
What Hahnemann means by that last sentence is that we don’t have to wait around for the unlikely event that a “similar” natural disease will come along just in time to neutralize a disease we might happen to have. The doctor, himself, can “administer” such a “disease” in a watered-down fashion by giving the patient a homeopathic remedy which matches or mimics his disease! The physician, Hahnemann says, should be imitating nature and giving, with intention, a similar (artificial) disease as a medicine!
Now like I said, the doctors out there who believe in vaccination cannot dismiss this, because that’s what they’re doing to prevent many contagious diseases! (Whether or not they’re doing it safely or sensibly is another matter we can’t go into now.)
“How do you make an artificial disease?” you might ask. There are numerous plants that cause symptoms. One simply has to know what symptoms a plant can cause and then prescribe it homeopathically to a patient whose symptoms match the plant’s!* A very common remedy in our usage is Rhus toxicodendron, or “Rhus tox” for short–homeopathic poison ivy. (Our remedy names are all in Latin. Why? The common names for plants change from region to region, you have to be specific.)
If this sounds odd or reckless (using remedies like poison ivy), think for a minute about how dangerous our standard Rx drugs are. Think of the side effects, some of which include death itself! But homeopathic remedies are so diluted, that on investigation, they appear to be “empty” of all matter entirely! And in fact, they are empty–of physical matter–and, therefore, perfectly safe; but not empty of energy, the vibration of the original substance–that’s what remains. This is accomplished through dilution and succussion (shaking).
Yes, this is energy medicine, vibrational medicine! It seems the body responds better to doses of energy than to doses of substance! And that might be because we ARE energy! Just ask the acupuncturists. They say things like, “Your energy pathways are blocked, and your kidney energy is down,” etc. So, even though a homeopathic remedy might have been made from a toxic plant like poison ivy, there is absolutely no poison ivy left in it by the time it reaches the shelves in the pharmacy! This reminds me of something funny. The “professionals” who hate homeopathy always accuse us of giving remedies that have nothing in them, and they’re right! There is no poison ivy left in our bottles of Rhus tox! We plead guilty!
So the modern doctor, according to Hahnemann, should be asking himself, not, “What will stop this symptom?” but rather, “What in nature mimics this symptom?” because whatever that is, that will repel the disease. Similars repel, opposites attract. I’m sure you’ve heard that.
Hahnemann goes on to discuss what happens when an “anti” medicine is given to a patient:
“The salient symptoms of a long-standing disease have never in this world been treated in this palliative, anti-pathic way without reappearing in a few hours, often manifestly worse.
The orthodox physician imagines that he can get out of this difficulty by prescribing a stronger dose of the medicine…. This produces only another brief hushing up of the symptoms and, from the need to keep increasing the dose of the palliative, either some other even worse complaint, or quite often a condition of complete incurability … even death. It never produces a cure.”
(#59-60 The Organon Of Medicine)
Can anyone deny this?
Wouldn’t it be better if medicine imitated nature? Wouldn’t it be better to see a homeopath?
* Although most homeopathic remedies are made from plants, some also are made from minerals and animal substances such as snake venom. Our most commonly used remedies made from snake venoms are Lachesis and Crotalus horridus, which are very good remedies for hemorrhaging.
Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom
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