Healthcare Perspectives - Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic Medicine or Homeopathy, from Greek homoeo (meaning similar) and pathos (meaning suffering) is a holistic system of medicine developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who was practicing medicine in the 18th century. It is based on the law of similars. This means that what a substance can cause, it can cure (a homeopathic substance will produce symptoms in a healthy person that may be used to treat a sick person who has the same symptoms). Dr. Hahnemann described this principle by using a Latin phrase: Similia Similibus Curentur, which translates: "Let likes cure likes." The same principle is widespread in mainstream medicine, the most notable examples being antidotes, immunizations and allergy treatments. The theory that like can be treated with like can be traced back as far Hypocrites (468 -377 BC), but it wasn't until the work of Samuel Hahnemann that the theory developed into a usable practice that has been used successfully for the last 200 years.

The basic tenet that disease can be cured by giving the patient minute amounts of a substance that can induce similar symptoms to the actual disease itself is viewed to restore the patient's vital force. Homeopathy’s aim is the cure, "The complete restoration of perfect health," Hahnemann said. Dr. Hahnemann held that the essence of illness is a disorder in the vital forces and by restoring the vital forces the body is able to rid itself of the disease. He researched numerous different compounds and recorded the symptoms that these compounds caused in great detail in a book called 'Organon of Medicine' which is still used today to guide the homeopathic doctor in which treatment to use. This book has been used for years to treat numerous different ailments.

The very compound that was used to cause a particular condition was used in extremely small doses to treat patients who presented with similar symptoms. These drugs were diluted so many times they actually would not contain any molecules of the actual substance that was initially diluted. Dr. Hahnemann claimed the more dilute the substance, the greater became its effect or cure, without side effects. The process of repetitively diluting a drug is call potentiation.

Hahneman's work was continued by James Tyler Kent in 1877-78 who was propelled by his wife's serious illness, which failed to respond to any other form of medicine available at the time. Kent was the Professor of Anatomy (at the American Medical College, St. Louis) which enabled him to research and observe the effects of substances in great detail. His research into Homeopathy became his life's work, and he conducted provings on close to 650 materials, observing over 64,000 symptoms comprising what become known as “The Great Repertory”. Kent's is still the most widely used repertory in Homeopathy today.

Homeopathic doctors consider the patient's total experience taking an extensive case history of the patient, both mental and physical symptoms and the individual's emotional state, in searching for the appropriate homeopathic remedy. And often seeks information such as unusual food cravings, aversion to particular weather conditions, or the time of day that symptoms appear. A homeopathic remedy is then given for a prescribed amount of time and the practitioner then looks for a change in symptoms, at which time the remedy is ended, may be continued or a new one prescribed. Remedies may come from the plant, mineral, or animal kingdom. Some common remedies include: arnica montana, from the Leopard's bane plant; belladonna, from the deadly nightshade plant; sepia, from cuttlefish ink; calcarea, calcium carbonate from oyster shells; and the element sulphur. Remedies can be taken orally in pill, powder, or drop form, rubbed topically, or injected. There are usually no side effects from homeopathic treatments.

Healing Modalities within Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathic Medicine contains no sub modalities

Licensure

There is no specific licensure for homeopathic medicine, but It should be performed by a licensed physicians and there is certicication aviable by the American Institue of Homepathy


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