Contrasting the science of homeopathy to that of conventional medicine, it not my intention to pitch one against the other. If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident needing surgery or a blood transfusion, I’m not going to whip out my little bags of magic pills.
On the other hand, often we resort to quite heavy and extreme treatments in regular medicinal practice when a little patience and the gentler application of homeopathy can restore our equanimity without causing further complications or unwanted side effects. It is a continual disappointment to the homeopath that the two approached cannot work together.
This is not a new perspective. There is nothing speculative, wishy-washy new-agey about this science. In fact, it was developed by the ancient Greeks alongside what we know now as our modern allopathic medicine. At the time, they proposed three methods of restoring health to the individual, though treating the symptoms by opposing them, is the only method, sadly, that is practiced in the western hemisphere. Homeopathy, treating our symptoms with remedies producing similar affects, has been more or less forgotten or currently widely criticised in the general media, though
isopathy, the admittance of tiny doses of the same still persists, most significantly in the prophylactic methods as seen in vaccinations.
Returning to defend homeopathy, at first, the idea of giving a medicine that will produce similar symptoms as those an individual is suffering from, does seems logically wanting. If one is suffering with insomnia, for example, why would we want to administer a substance that when tested on a healthy patient produces this very effect? However, with further reflection a deeper perspective starts to become apparent when considering that the body can be stimulated into regaining its own health. A good metaphor to help understand the process is to imagine we reach a stale-mate with an attacker who stands for the nature of our presenting health complaint. Instead of resisting, we follow force exerted by adding just a touch more of of our own through a relevant remedy. Having received just this little more opposition, the body is reinvigorated, as it were; suddenly our own inner strength rises up once more, this time overcoming whatever challenge it was previously stuck against.
This doesn’t fully cover the whole theory behind
homeopathy, but whilst giving a good basic idea, at a practical level the healing effects are born out in the experience of most individuals who have undergone treatment. In contrast, this is not usually the case when we attempt to palliate, or oppose our symptoms with conventional medicine nowadays, such as steroids, anti-depressants, etc. At first we experience often an almost instantaneous relief, though quickly our own inner resistance takes a back seat and we develop a reliance on the external supports, developing addiction and the need for constantly increasing doses to produce the same results, not to mention unwanted side-effects.
Homoeopathically speaking, the cause of our suffering always comes down to a mis-alignment of the body energy, related on a more subtle level to our deepest held viewpoints and the subsequent emotional states these produce. From this stance, the symptoms we experience are seen not as the cause and the affect (something which is quite an absurd premise in the first place), but instead, as the end results of a more subtle complication involving the whole of the patient, or just the corporal aspect and thus are dealt with accordingly. In a typical consultation we look to finding more space and clarity around mental/emotional processes, not only leading to a better personal understanding, but an individually tailored medical prescription where the patient is the primary focus in diagnosis, being as they are the greater variable, rather than the perceived disease which is always manifested differently depending on the person.
The selection of a correct remedy depends upon the wealth of experiments conducted using thousands of remedies on healthy people where symptoms produced have been similar, if not the same , as those of the suffering patient. It has been observed of the medicines that the very effects it produces in a normal person, it will cure those same symptoms manifested in one who is sick. These tests have been easily carried out with willing assistants over the last one-hundred-and-fifty years, the ‘provings’ rendered more extensive, as our substances differ from the material doses offered in conventional medicine; diluted to a degree that they have no molecule of the original substance left within, they are purely energetic, gentler and risk free. If the chosen medicine is not the right one, it simply won’t work.
The science of homeopathy was brought back to life by a German physician practicing around the 1850’s. Since then it has been widely disseminated around the world, often taken up by regular medical doctors when they saw how effective the treatments turned out to be, when their original interest was spurred on in trying to discredit the method. It is particularly prevalent in less developed countries such as Brazil and India where widespread access to conventional drug-therapy is. It affordable to the masses. Here, in Europe, unfortunately, it is largely unknown and much less available due to the huge amounts of time and effort put into its denigration by the large and powerful drug companies who perceive it as an outright threat to their current monopoly. Hopefully, it does not always have to stay that way and the two disciplines can work alongside as complementary to each other in the near future for the sake of easing the greater and greater suffering experienced in the modern world.