Homeopathy (homeo meaning ‘same,’ and pathos meaning ‘suffering’) is based on the law of similars. The law of similars or “like cures like”, refers to the phenomenon that if given, in a large amount, to a healthy person it will produce a set of symptoms. When given, in very small doses, to an unhealthy person that expresses symptoms that match the remedy it will cure. An immunization or vaccine applies a sort of ‘like cures like’ strategy, using the same microbe that causes a disease to convey information to the body to prevent the disease from manifesting in the presence of the microbe in the future.
Remedies are natural substances that are chosen with the intent to correct an underlying problem. They prompt and support a ‘reorganization of the basic operating plan,’ so that the underlying push toward disorder is eliminated. Homeopathic remedies are derived from plant, mineral or animal substances—just about any substance can be used. Each such component of the natural world has some basic quality or essence that sets it apart and makes it unique.
Remedies begin as a liquid solution and are taken through a series of steps involving shaking or succussion to potentize it. Potenization is a process through which the healing potential of the substance is brought out. Such a procedure augments the healing properties of a substance and decreases any usual adverse affects. The substance is lifted to a higher level—its informational or reorganizational capacity is amplified, while its physical, material aspects are diminished. In other words the potentization process takes the material substance and raises it to a ‘higher octave’ by bringing out its subtler aspects. These subtler aspects can be explained by the laws of quantum physics, that is, during the succession and potentizing process the specific polarity and energy of the molecules is “transferred” to the medium (water or milk sugar). It is as though the essence of the substance is extracted—that same formative pattern that underlies its existence—the same essential quality that can trigger a restructuring of our minds, energies, and our bodies.
The higher you go with the potenization process, the more important it is to match the symptoms accurately, or you’ll get no results.
Choosing a remedy:
In order to uncover the picture of what a remedy will treat, homeopaths have spent the last 200 years cataloging what natural substances will do when given to healthy persons. Here is how it is done: after a substance is given to a healthy person, he or she carefully records the symptoms that result. The symptoms produced when a “healthy” person repeatedly takes a substance is called a proving. These symptoms are sorted and ranked. Symptoms that occur repeatedly are considered strong indications for that remedy. The pattern they form is its profile or ‘symptom picture.’ It has been shown time and time again that when the remedy is given to a patient who has symptoms like those arising from the provings, symptom resolution and reorganization will result. It is the symptom picture observed in the patient that dictates the choice of the remedy. What causes the symptoms in a healthy person will cure the same symptom pattern a sick person presents.
The results of provings are cataloged in a single volume listing referred to as a homeopathic Materia Medica (the alphabetical listing of remedies). To facilitated the process of poring through thousands of pages of information, homeopaths came up with a cross reference, an alphabetical listing of symptoms. Under each symptom were the remedies that could be used to treat that particular symptom. This reference work was termed a repertory (from the Latin for ‘list’),–the process of selecting a remedy being ‘repertorization’. The homeopath takes all of your symptoms and repertorizes them as a group of symptoms that is unique to the individual, this pattern of symptoms then pulls up remedies that display similar patterns. The job of the homeopath is then to use their kinesthetic, sensory, and physical information that they gathered from the interview to find the correct remedy.
The most effective homeopathic prescribing comes from putting the complete picture together so that you can pinpoint the precise informational pattern, i.e., the specific remedy, that will reprogram the entire system and move it to function better. We evaluate the whole person—mental and emotional as well as physical symptoms—and we carefully match this to the symptoms patterns that have been established by the provings. The whole person is important to our analyzation therefore, it is important the physician know each and every symptom, the patient experiences, no matter what it may be. When we’ve got the remedy pinned down, we give a dose and then wait to give the remedy time to act. A follow-up visit should be scheduled to assess any changes that may have occurred.
Homeopathy vs. Allopathy
Homeopathic medicinals are fundamentally different from conventional drugs. Instead of diverting the chemistry of metabolism, they convey complex informational patterns directly from nature. These patterns trigger a kind of physiological and psychological reorganization that gives an opportunity to bring you into synchrony with the flux and flow of the larger gestalt of which you are a part. They give the body energy to reset and gain perspective to be efficient in its action. Though gentle in their action, such remedies can have an impact that is profound and curative in a way you may not have imagined. Homeopathics are highly individualized—they are intended to provide for the reorganization and evolution of a certain person who is attempting to move through a specific crisis at a particular moment. Each crisis involves a specific pattern of resistance to change and flow into the future.
What goes on during the transformation?
Homeopathy takes the material substance and raises it to a ‘higher octave’ by bringing out its subtler aspects. When the picture formed by these subtler effects is matched to the constitutional nature of the patient, profound changes in life patterns can occur. The remedy can bring into evidence patterns of functioning that affect you strongly, but have operated outside of awareness. The action of the remedy then helps you move toward resolving the buried issue, so that the energy that had been invested in it and the energy that had been used to keep it out of consciousness become available.
A properly selected remedy stimulates the body to react more efficiently and produce a healing effect. It’s action is like hitting a reset button that restores the self regulatory and healing capacity of the body.