Homeopathy and homeopathic medicines are forms of alternative medicine, becoming a more and more popular forms of treatment. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed to treat the medical condition of the patient but to suit the mental and physical attributes of the patient as well. Through natural remedies, homeopathy seeks to cure the patient medically, at the same time treating the whole of the patient, body and mind.
The word “homeopathy” comes from the Greek words “homeo” and “pathos”, meaning “similar” and “suffering”. Samuel Hahnemann coined the word, 200 years ago and since then homeopathy has been maligned, and vilified, and homeopaths have been charged as liars and frauds. All this in spite of 200 years of therapeutic successes.
Homeopathy is designed on a distinct set of principles that recognize an innate healing capacity which all people have. It is this energy that promotes, protects, and initiates our defensive mechanisms in response to adverse conditions. It then controls and guides the natural healing process. Homeopathic medicines are used to treat patients for this energy which homeopathy calls the “vital force”. Without this vital force, there is no sensation, no function, no self-preservation, no life. It is the vital force that is the agent of cure.
Homeopath Dr Brian Kaplan is a doctor prescribing holistic treatment through complimentary medicine. Dr Brian Kaplan, a registered UK homeopath points out that health is often directly linked to the state of the mind so through homeopathy and holistic treatments the mind and body can be treated for a medical condition.
UK homeopaths have based their techniques on the work of ancient medical theories, which despite an improved understanding of the workings of the human body, knowledge about the nature of disease, in particular what caused it, remained firmly tied to the notion of a mystical force.
Homeopathy was founded way after early discoveries by perhaps the first unofficial homeopath Paracelsus which was not until the early 16th century and the work of the Swiss doctor Paracelsus (1493-1541) who discovered that the causes of disease were linked to external forces, such as contaminated food and drink. Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim changed his name to Paracelsus as a mark of respect for Celsus and also to imply that he had surpassed Celsus in his abilities. One of Paracelsus’ greatest achievements as a homeopath was laying down the foundations for modern chemistry and homeopathy by concentrating on practical experimentation rather than alchemy and its quest to transform base metals into valuable ones. He believed that plants and metals contained active ingredients that could be prescribed to match an illness. This belief was based in part on the notion that the external appearance of a plant gave an indication of the ailments it would cure, a theory that became known as the Doctrine of Signatures. For example, Chelidonium majus (celandine) was used to treat the liver and gall-bladder because the yellow juice of the plant looked like bile. Paracelsus also believed that a poisonous substance that causes disease could also cure the disease, if given in very small doses, and that physicians should take into account the body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Again, the “like can cure like” principle was advocated but was ignored by Paracelsus’ fellow physicians. It did not gain popularity for another 300 years, when homeopathy was founded.
Hence we have the work of Dr Brian Kaplan.
Samuel Hahnemann developed the idea of homeopathy in 1810, choosing to treat patients through alternative medicine such as diet and exercise rather than medicines. Through complimentary medicine he tried to treat patients in the best way, looking after their minds as well as their bodies.
What Samuel Hahnemann did was to propose remedies — free from all harmful effects — as agents of cure. He offered objectivity, simplicity, originality, and independence in an era of medical arrogance and brutality.