Homeopathy: a vibrational medicine
Go into any health food store and there amongst the vitamins, herbs and supplements you will find various homeopathic remedies. Reading the label doesnt tell you much other than stating what condition it is used for. The ingredient label is a list of strange looking botanical names like rhus tox and calendula officinalis. Unlike over-the-counter or prescription medications there are no warnings, no overdose information, no list of side effects. So how do they work?
Homeopathy is a flexible system of medicine that can be used by lay people and medical professionals alike. In fact, its flexibility is one of the basic concepts peculiar to homeopathy medicine.
In orthodox medicine, several people suffering from stomach flu might receive the same diagnosis and the same type of treatment even though they do not necessarily have exactly the same symptoms, nor react in the same way. To the practicing homeopathist no two cases of illness will be treated the same. The remedy will be chosen to match the symptoms as closely as possible, plus each individuals unique set emotional and physical traits will be taken into consideration.
The homeopathist is looking to match the individuals unique vibrational pattern to a remedy, usually plant based, that can rebalance the normal healthy vibrational pattern before they became ill. Herein lies the power of a simple homeopathically prepared plant medicine.
The basic principle of homeopathy like will be cured by like has been practiced by doctors such as Hippocrates of ancient Greece, and sages who developed Ayurvedic medicine over 5,000 years ago. Modern day homeopathy is based on the work of an eighteenth century German born physician, Samuel Hahnemann.
Samuel disheartened by the medicine of his day such as bloodletting and purges began experimenting with this simple idea after his daughter fell ill. As his daughter began to regain her health from a seemingly fatal condition with these simple remedies, his reputation to help the sick and lame spread, despite being shunned by his colleges- his methods rejected as quackery.
Hahnemanns reputation was exonerated during an outbreak of cholera in central Europe in 1831 by using a homeopathic remedy of camphor with a great deal of success. He also advised that those with the disease should be quarantined to prevent spread of the disease. Outraged at first with the idea of quarantine, his theory proved to be successful in limiting the spread of disease.
Homeopathic remedies are very weak dilutions of naturally occurring substances that help restore the bodys vital or vibrational force by strengthening its natural immunity. The concept of the vital force is also recognized in orthodox medicine as the bodys own healing power.
Homeopathic remedies are many times compared to vaccinations. The concepts are similar, yet homeopathic remedies are much more dilute and have absolutely no side effects. As yet no theory has been put forward to convincingly explain to traditional medicine just how the remedies work. This due largely to the limitation of medical science, the mystery of illness and immunity at present will no doubt in the future be explained and the phenomenon of the homeopathic remedy will be full understood.
Till next time, Rebecca.