Sometimes people ask me, “what do you mean healing from the inside out?” My response is to say that when a remedy is working deeply then you will feel it working from the innermost to the outermost; starting from your mental well-being to your emotional well-being then to your physical well-being.
Our bodies are one whole totality and the mind and emotions cannot be separated from the physical condition we may have. Thus a homeopath will inquire into the stress that may be occurring in a patient’s life. It is often our susceptibility to the stresses we are affected by on a daily basis that lead to a dis-ease state or condition. A homeopath explores these areas of susceptibility and what makes us unique so that a remedy can be chosen that supports our immune system and enables us to flow more freely from these daily or larger stresses we may face.
How does Homeopathy Work? A Basic History
The study of homeopathy was founded in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann a German physician and chemist who had become disillusioned with the conventional practice of medicine. Hahnemann based his innovative medical treatment on the healing power of good diet, exercise, fresh air and minimum doses of natural medicines.
Homeopathy is a holistic medical approach that respects the wisdom of the body. It utilizes medicines from nature to stimulate the body’s own immune system to initiate the healing process. Homeopathy uses an approach that individualizes remedies according to the person’s physical, emotional and mental symptoms.
When you work with a homeopathic practitioner a unique, holistic relationship is developed. Homeopaths explore the root causes of what we experience as symptoms on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Through this process you build a rapport with your homeopath which allows you to know yourself on many levels, not just at a symptom level.
The Law of Similars
The basic law of homeopathy is similia similibus currentur: let likes be cured with like. The first homeopathic principle states that any substance that can create symptoms and make you ill can also be used to heal you. For example, when a bee stings we experience swelling, redness, burning and stinging. The homeopathic remedy Apis, derived from bee venom, can be given to alleviate these symptoms and bring back a state of health.
The Law of Similars is a basic principle of physics. Do you remember magnets and how opposite poles attract while similar poles repel? If you place similar poles of a weakened magnet close to each other, the magnet will be recharged and will again repel itself from the other. As in homeopathy, like recharges or heals like.
The law of similars is one of nature’s laws that, when used properly can be highly effective and very safe.
The Whole Person
The concept of treating the “whole person” is an essential element of classical homeopathy. The basis of this belief is that symptoms, diseases or pains do not exist in isolation, but are a reflection of how the person as a whole is coping with stress. It is the whole person that counts – not just the physical body but also the mental and emotional “bodies”.
Homeopaths believe that there is a balancing mechanism that keeps us in health. Hahnemann believed it to be that energetic substance that literally gives us life and is absent after death. Homeopaths believe that the vital force produces symptoms to counteract the various stresses we experience, and that it makes adjustments moment by moment throughout our lives to keep us healthy and balanced. These symptoms then are simply the body’s way of telling us how it is coping with stress. A homeopath will ask you about the symptoms you experience, particularly those symptoms that are most unique or characteristic to you and will match that to a remedy that has within it the same characteristic symptoms.
Characteristic, Unique and Individual
Sometimes I will have someone say to me, “Both my wife and I have the same cough, can’t you just give us the same remedy?” Homeopathy is highly individual. Although the virus may be the same, how each person expresses their symptoms can be different, Why? Because they are different, the level of their vitality may be different, and their susceptibilities are unique to them. So I will ask both husband and wife to describe how their coughs affect them, one may say I feel it tight in my throat, like I am being choked and it is worse on the left side and it is particularly worse at night when I am laying down. The other may say, the cough is a tickle that I just can’t reach at the back of my throat and it is very dry; and is better when I am indoors and the air is warm.
The Role of the Homeopath
A homeopath looks at you as a whole person. They will get to know your history, your nature, your temperament, your sensitivities and the unique way you experience your symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies are made from the essence of plants, minerals and some animal sources (no harm is done to animals in the process). This essence is what creates the dynamic healing power in the whole body, mind and spirit. Essence refers to quantities of substance so minute and diluted that it is not the substance itself that creates the change but the energetic forces associated with it. Thus, remedies are safe, gentle, effective and promote healing without side effects. In classical homeopathy only one remedy is used at a time to stimulate the system’s own healing ability with minimum intervention. As an example, most of us have experienced the effects or essence of chocolate. Chocolate is stimulating and nurturing. Silky and smooth. Sensual. Alluring. Melts in your mouth. There are themes of Connection and Separation; bonds and forsakenness. It can be used when the energetic pattern is clearly seen in certain types of depression, food addictions or binging, relationship issues with bonding or too early separation. There is a lot to the essence of this plant that can potentially heal within the human.
How Can Homeopathy Help you? What Can It Treat?
Remedies can be given for acute ailments and chronic conditions. It can be effective in treating a variety of conditions and dis-ease states, whether the origin be mental, emotional or physical. Some examples are: insomnia, hormonal imbalances, menstrual disorders, eating disorders, migraines, gastric disturbances, depression, complaints during pregnancy, colic, teething complaints, allergies, eczema, and trauma, amongst others.
It can apply to a wide range of people: from pregnant women, babies, young children, adults and the elderly.
“Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other form of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
- The Homeopathic Principle
When something in the outer world resonates with your innermost being, a healing possibility arises.
The homeopath is one who utilizes this knowledge for the benefit of her patients, yet the homeopathic principle is at work all the time without anyone being aware of it.
Everything is interconnected. The homeopath does not attempt to separate body from mind, or the patient from his suffering. She respects the underlying order, even when all she can see is the chaos on the surface. No symptom, no disease, no person, can exist in isolation. To treat things as if they were separate from each other is to start from a false premise.