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Understanding Homeopathy and How It Works

Updated on March 14, 2011

Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) the founding father of homeopathy was dissatisfied with the current medical practices of his time and studied and developed a medical process that stimulates the body´s own healing power to re-establish health.

After leaving behind the conventional medical practices of his time, Hahnemann started to experiment on himself the effects of China. This study led him to reformulate the centuries old principle of similitude and in 1790 was the year considered the birth of Homeopathy.

“Similia Similibus Curantor” or "Like cures Like"

There are two ways of treating disease that became a law recognized by the Greek physician Hippocrates in the 4th century BC. One by opposites “Allos”, that is what conventional medicine follows today, the other one by similars “Homeos”. Samuel Hahnemann followed the law of Similars or like cures like.

With conventional medicine, if you have a headache and you go to a drugstore to get a box of pills for it and right away that headache is gone. Actually the pills you took masks your ailment and that headache will eventually come back.

With Homeopathy and good counseling it treats the root of the problem that causes that same headache and treating it for good.

Hahnemann researched that if a given remedy is administered frequently to healthy person and that person develops a sickness then any person suffering originally from that sickness should be given that same remedy to help the body cure itself.

That same remedy given to a sick person will stimulate the body´s own healing capability to and re-establish the body's natural defense and cell function bringing back his good health.

Homeopathy uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. Remedies are named for the plant, chemical, mineral or animal ingredients they are made from.

Homeopathic remedies are produced by taking the remedy from a plant, mineral, chemical, or animal substance, diluting it in water and shaking it vigorously. The more it is consecutively diluted and shaken, the more potent the medicine. This is why infinitesimal doses are used with great results.

In any given remedy you will find on the label the name of that remedy, a number and next to it an X or C. The number indicates how many times it was diluted and shaken consecutively. The X stands for decimal and C for centesimal.

Here´s an example for the X right after a number: 1 drop of the mother tincture is put in a vial then added 9 drops of water then shaken vigorously and that would be a 1X dilution. Then 1 drop would be taken from that 1X dilution and added to another vial together with 9 drops of water, then shaken vigorously and that would be a 2X dilution. This can be repeated many times until you reach your desired potency like 6X or 10X or even 30X or more.

For C (centesimal) it is exactly the same as above but instead of adding 9 drops of water in a vial together with that starting 1 drop of mother tincture, you add 99.

Intentionally taking more than the dosage suggested will not result in a better result. If you take too little, or overlook a dose, just continue on as normal with your next planned dose. Missing or skipping dosages will only result in the remedy being less efficient.

Keep homeopathic remedies tightly sealed in a cool, dark place. Perfumes, menthol, camphor, tiger balm and other intense smells and odors can neutralize homeopathic remedies.

Keep remedies away light, heat and moisture. Pour the remedy pills from the bottle into the cap. Then drop them under your tongue. The oil and the “vibration” from your hands can affect them and neutralize its effects.

Let the pellets dissolve under the tongue. They absorb quickly into the bloodstream this way. Homeopathic drops can be taken the same way or in a glass of water.


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      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Thank you - I'm so glad to have discovered another homeopathy believer on HP - look forward to reading many more of your hubs!


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