We covered in part 1 and part 2 the history of homeopathy, its glorious beginnings and following demise for financial and ideological reasons; and yet homeopathy is regaining popularity throughout the world and especially among the A-list of royalty, politicians and artists.
So how does homeopathy work and why does it work so well?
The principles of homeopathy stem from observing the natural laws that rule biological life.
See, organic life does not function like inanimate objects.
That is the fundamental flaw with conventional medicine: it is based on the principle that the body is a set of parts, assembled together like a machine and that the parts are interchangeable and do not interact with each other. That is because conventional medicine stems from observing and dissecting cadavers.
But we know we are not Legos.
The difference is the breath of life, what is called Elan vital or soul or Prana in Ayurveda / Yoga or Chi in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Homeopaths call it Vital Force. Vitalism is such an innate intuitive concept that a majority of pre-schoolers tend to choose vitalistic explanations whenever possible. They assume that vital power or life force “makes humans active, prevents them from being taken ill, and enables them to grow. These relationships are also extended readily to other animals and even to plants.”
Based on those timeless, universal laws, the basic principles of Homeopathy are:
Like cures like.
The principle of similia is referenced throughout the history of medicine, from its oldest texts in ancient India dating back to more than 3,500 years ago to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. 200 years ago, the founder of Homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann observed that Quinine (extracted from Cinchona bark), which is used to treat malarial fever, produced symptoms similar to malarial fever when ingested by healthy individuals.
This leads to the second principle:
Experimentation on healthy individuals.
To figure out what a substance can treat, this substance is tested on healthy individuals. The symptoms that arise from the experiment indicate what this substance can potentially cure. Not to worry, these symptoms are short-lived and only temporary.
In order to treat violent symptoms like acute vomiting or abscesses or suicidal tendencies, the substance has to be particularly toxic (think arsenic, snake venom and poison ivy). In order to make it safe to use, this substance is diluted up to a point where the original molecule is absent from the end product - the homeopathic remedy.
This is the major point of contention, which has been used by critics to say that homeopathy is just placebo, nothing but sugar pills. To some extent, it is true! When you look under a microscope, you will find nothing but sugar and H2O molecules. However recent scientific studies prove that homeopathic remedies work at a dynamic level. While they are inert chemically, their energetic print is super charged and identical to the original substance from which it is made. More on this later.
Symptoms are valuable messengers.
The Vital Force is in constant interaction with its environment and works hard at maintaining homeostasis. When adverse conditions arise, the Vital Force adjusts by producing symptoms within the body and the mind. So symptoms are messengers, they signal that the balance has been disrupted. Symptoms themselves are not the disease, they are the result of disease. Symptoms are the body’s solution, its attempt at maintaining homeostasis under adverse conditions. What happens when conventional treatments suppress them? They force the Vital Force to find another, less favourable homeostasis, which will produce new symptoms. If your smoke alarm goes off, would you go and remove the batteries? Instead, homeopathy uses the symptoms as clues that lead to the most suitable remedy.
Treat the person, not the disease.
Therefore, there is no local treatment. When you get a bruise, the whole of you is affected. Locally, the bruise appears. Meanwhile, you become reticent to anyone approaching the injured part. This is a mental symptom. During a homeopathic consultation, the physical but also emotional and psychological states are explored in detail in order to find the most suitable remedy.
Disease is dynamic.
So logically, the only way to treat it is with a dynamic agent. When a homeopathic remedy is prepared, not only it is diluted until no molecules of the original substance remain, but it is also dynamized by shaking the water vigorously. This process of dynamisation (or potentisation) enables the energetic blueprint of the original substance to imprint the homeopathic remedy. Research from Emoto, Benveniste, Prof. Marc Henry and Nobel Prize winner Prof. Luc Montagnier among others, shows how water behaves as a carrier for information and can code com