Remedies are based on the concept of ‘like cures like’. During the early 1800s, German doctor Samuel Hahnemann delved further into this ancient philosophy. He observed a treatment for malaria, based on an extract of cinchona bark (quinine). He witnessed produced symptoms of the disease when taken by a healthy person in a small dose. Consequently, by offering a sick body a minute, energised dose, he could help fight symptoms. Modern homeopathic medicine draws on Hahnemann’s influential work.
The How’s & Why’s
Natural medicines are derived from plant, mineral and animal sources. These are used in extremely dilute amounts. It is further believed that the curative properties are enhanced by each dilution. This is because impurities that might cause unwanted side effects are lost.
Substances are first soaked in an ethanol solution to extract their essential ingredients. It sits in this solution for 10-30 days before being filtered. The remaining solution, minus the particle, is the initial dilution called the ‘mother tincture’. It is from this that the homeopathic remedy is made, with one drop of the original solution being diluted and succussed as often as needed to reach the required potency.
Succussion is the vigorous shaking of the solution. This is believed to strengthen the remedies as energy is added with each succussion.
The Greek physician Hippocrates, the founding father of medicine, believed that disease resulted from the natural elements in the world which people inhabited. So a person’s surrounding environment is key to their overall well-being.
Exposure to toxins can cause imbalances within the body. Energy is the source creating body functions. When the energy or life-force is affected, it is important to tune into the body; to listen to the symptoms and to understand what the body’s flow of energy is communicating. By communicating reciprocally with energy, it is possible to return the body to its natural state. Homoeopathy is this messenger which reminds the body of good health.