Homeopathy is built on the principle of “like cures like”. It has also been referred to as “similar suffering”. This is possible because the illness can be treated by a substance capable of producing similar symptoms to those being suffered by the patient. An example of this would be treating poison oak with the homeopathic remedy Rhus Toxicodendron which is homeopathic poison oak. Rush Tox. works because the energy frequency of poison oak is stronger than molecular structure of poison oak. Homeopathy simply stated is energy frequency with memory, minus the molecular structure of it’s former shape. This is achieved through the process of dilution and succussion made from the original substance. I would like to explain dilution and succussion in detain but I need to lay a foundation to support the above information.
Brief History- Hippocrates (460-370 BC) was a Greek physicion who is commonly regarded as the father of medicine. He believed that the persons symptoms held the key to what remedy they needed. He also believed that the body was capable of healing itself. He was associated with a body of influential writings that emphasized natural rather than supernatural causation and the role of nutrition and the environment. Hippocrates experimented with the idea of using substances that created similar symptoms. This was very different from the medicine of his era which was based on the principles of the “Law of Contraries”. The Law of Contraries held the belief that you should administer an opposite substance for a cure. For example, if a person had diarrhea, they were given aluminum hydroxide, which constipates.
During the 1st through 5th century AD the Romans made great advances in medicine. They placed greater importance an cleanliness as a preventative measure. They advanced herbal medicine in the pharmacopoeias. Despite all of this, it was not until the 16th century that cause of disease was widely and finally linked to external forces such as contaminated food and drink. Idias that plants and metals contained active ingredients that could be prescribed to match an illness, were new ideas indead. This belief was based partly on the notion that a plant contained a “clue” as to what it should be used for. For example, a heart shaped leaf might be good for the heart, or a blood red berry might be good for cleansing the blood. This new thought was known as The Doctrine of Signatures. This was a new example of similar suffering or like cures like.
From the 16th to the 19th century, medical knowledge increased in Europe. Despite this, general health deteriorated. More people moved to crowded dirty cities with poor public and personal sanitation. Medical practice became more invasive with the use of blood letting and mercury dousing. Treatment was extremely toxic with materials such as arrest, lead, and bismuth.
Homeopathy was birthed by a frustrated German medical doctor Hahnemann who lived from 1755-1843. He became discouraged by the reckless medical practices of his era. He eventually found himself unable to practice as a physician. He became a medical transcriber. While working on some findings of Dr. Cullen, Hahnemann learned that the quinine substance from the bark of the chinchona tree, was a good treatment for malaria because of its astringent qualities. Dr. Hahnemann was also a chemist and as such he understood that there were far more potent astringents which had no effect on malaria. Therefor Dr. Cullens findings seemed faulty on the premise of the astringent properties. What was in the quinine that was having an impact on malaria? Dr Hahnemann decided to take the quinine and see how it made him feel. He found that he developed malaria symptoms for several hours after the administration of quinine.
To test the results, he repeated the dosing on several people. He went on to repeat the process using several other substances. He kept strict records with variables being controlled which might confuse the results. When he tested a substance on a well person and derived a particular result, he called it a “drug picture”. When he had a physical symptom from a sick person, he called it a “symptom picture”. Dr. Hahnemann found that if he would match the remedy of the drug picture with the symptom picture, he would get good results. For example, if quinine caused malaria symptoms, it could cure malaria. If taking poison oak could cure poison oak, that was matching the symptom with the drug picture.
The findings were wonderful with one exception, there seemed to be a kick from the remedy. Dr. Hahnemann decided to dilute the remedy through a process of dilution and succession. Through the process of dilution and succession, the remedy became less aggressive physically but more aggressive energetically. This resulted in less aggravation with more potent healing.
More on symptom picture as well as dilution and succussion in future articles.