For those new to this newsletter as well as long-term faithful friends, it’s good to revisit what homeopathy is based on. “Homeo” means “similar” and “pathy” means “suffering;” the expression “similar suffering” describes the healing law underlying this form of medicine.
Homeopathy’s founder Samuel Hahnemann said “Like cures like,” meaning a substance which can cause particular disease symptoms in a healthy person can, in doses so tiny they contain only the energy of that substance, initiate a curative process in someone suffering from a similar disease. A classic example is the remedy Apis, or honeybee -a remedy that can bring almost miraculous relief for someone suffering from localized, stinging, sharp, hot swellings that feel better for cold applications but worse from heat. This is exactly the experience of being stung by a bee, so giving the remedy Apis to someone who is experiencing a similar symptomatic picture anywhere in the body, (even though they weren’t caused by a bee sting), stimulates the body to react AS IF they had been stung; our defensive systems immediately rise to this similar (energetic) challenge, mustering greater energy to push out the perceived invasion – and in the process, naturally diminish the actual ailment.
The biggest complaint against homeopathy lies in the concept of energetic doses; the process of making any potency above 12C means there is no material substance left so how could a remedy possibly have an impact? Today, especially in the field of quantum physics, there is more and more evidence backing up homeopathy’s efficacy and it’s gratifying to see scientific investigation agreeing with it – but for people who have experienced homeopathy’s “magic,” scientific proof is just icing on the cake!
For people at home, a basic understanding of how to use homeopathy and a kit with commonly needed remedies for acute situations (injuries, illnesses) is an empowering tool for treating common ailments, often eliminating the need for doctors, clinics, and pharmaceutical medications. Obviously some situations need “modern” medicine as well – especially if the condition is life-threatening or has moved into deeper pathology and requires more heroic intervention – but even here, homeopathy is a fine complement to whatever treatments or therapies we are undertaking. Supporting recovery from physical trauma or surgery, mitigating the harsh effects of chemotherapy, easing the pain of personal loss – these are all situations where homeopathy’s gentle, safe and effective action can soothe and support.
For people dealing with more complicated situations such as chronic conditions/diseases, emotional or mental ailments and constitutional weaknesses, a professional homeopath is needed to sort through the thousands of remedies available and find the best fit. Often the consultation process alone is hugely beneficial. Our chronic issues do not arise randomly but are rooted in “mis-tunements” within our body/mind/emotions. Seeing how our ailments fit within the larger context of our life’s journey is also a powerful experience; combined with a curative remedy, we have the opportunity to experience true healing of body, mind and spirit.