Homeopathy

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Homeopathy





I am familiar with Homeopathy because my mother is a homeopath. She has been studying and
practicing homeopathy for over 20 years. I have been cured many times by homeopathic
remedies prescribed by my mom. From colds to first aid homeopathy has worked for me. The
sources I used in doing this report were: Encarta 98 Encyclopedia, Interview with my Mom,
Conventional, Homeopathic & Alternative Treatments: Sports & Exercise Injuries by Steven
Subotnick, Family Guide to Natural Medicine by Readers Digest, and Homeopathic First Aider
by Barbara Reed.

Samuel Hahneman, a German physician and chemist developed homeopathy in the early 19th
century. The word Homeopathy comes form the Greek words, homoios and pathos meaning
“similar sickness”. Homeopathy is an alternative medical practice, which uses
very small amounts of plant, animal, and mineral matter to make remedies for treatment of
people, animals, plants, and soil. It is used for almost any problem including, first
aid, acute illnesses, chronic conditions, and promotion of overall health.

Homeopathy is based on three principles: the law of similars, the single medicine, and the
law of infinitesimals. The 1st Principle is the law of similars is based on the concept
“like cures like”. This concept states that a substance that causes symptoms
in a healthy person, will, in specially prepared tiny amounts, cure a sick person who has
similar or the same symptoms. Remedies aid the body in healing by stimulating the
body’s Vital Force to heal itself. For example, in a bee sting the virus of the bee
creates burning, stinging, and swelling. The remedy for such a sting would be Apis a bee
virus, because the virus causes similar symptoms. The 2nd Principle is “the single
medicine”. This means that one remedy will cover all the physical, mental, and
emotional symptoms the patient is suffering. The 3rd Principle is the law of
infinitesimals. This means that if large amounts of the prescribed substances were used,
negative side effects will occur. If very small amounts of the substances are used it is
more potent and has a longer effectiveness. Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease.
Conventional medicines treat symptoms. The main concept of homeopathy is that remedies
are to help the body to heal itself. A homeopath refers to the Materia Medica when
choosing the right remedies for their patients. The Materia Medica is a listing of
homeopathic remedies with descriptions of what kind of symptoms they aid as well as other
similar remedies. There have been many ways that homeopathy has been proven. There is
empirical proof from the use of remedies for over 200 years in the Materia Medica.
Clinical and laboratory studies have shown the effects of homeopathic remedies on living
systems. Lastly, new scientific theories about the nature of energy and matter support
the principles of homeopathy. In studying the effectiveness of remedies the testers use
blind tests and double blind tests. In these tests placebos are used. A placebo is an
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