The Law of Similars and Homeopathic Medicine
The practice of homeopathic medicine is based on the three principles established by Dr. Hahnemann. These are the “law of similars”, the principle of the minimum dose and prescribing for the individual and finally the principle of the homeopathic practitioner prescribing remedies for the “whole” person.
The law of similars states that the same substance that can produce symptoms of illness in a healthy person can, in minute doses, cure similar symptoms of disease in an ailling person.
The minimum dose principle states that by diluting a substance, its curative properties are enhanced and side effects are eliminated.
Whole-person prescribing is probably the most important part of homeopathy seeing as the fundamental philosophy behind the practice is that each person is an individual and must be treated as such. Homeopathy studies a person’s temperament, personality, emotional and physical responses, even the food they like and dislike before prescribing.
Homeopathic medicine believes that treatment works according to a set of rules known as the “Laws of Cure,” and these state that:
- a remedy begins to work from the top of the body downward
- it works from the inside out and from major to minor organs
- symptoms clear in reverse order of their appearance
Homeopathy also believes that a person’s constitution is made up of inherited and acquired physical, mental, and emotional characteristics and that these can be matched to a particular remedy that will improve their health, no matter what their illness may be.
Furthermore, people with similar characteristics and constitutions can be grouped under one of the constitutional remedy types, if they all share specific physical and emotional characteristics. Your constitutional type can change as your physique, health, and attitudes change, and some people can be a combination of constitutional types.
It is not clear exactly how homeopathy works, but studies have proved that it does. Hahnemann believed that remedies worked to balance the body so it was able to heal itself. So if you are looking for a natural way of treating a disease or illness, you should give homeopathic medicine a try.
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