Although it was discovered and introduced by a German doctor only within the last two centuries, homeopathy has attracted many practitioners and believers. Still, not many know what it really is and what benefits it offers to people with medical problems. Let us look at some of its essential characteristics and the specific advantages it offers to people in general.
Homeopathy is defined as “a complete system of medicine which aims to promote general health, by reinforcing the body's own natural healing capacity” and is “a branch of medical science concerned with symptoms of diseases”. Specifically, it “means that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person”. Furthermore, “homeopathy aims to aid and stimulate the body's own defense and immune processes”.
We can see at least two primary factors involved in the process of this form of healing or medical practice: immunity and symptoms. We all know that the body has natural healing capacity; that is, the design of any organism includes the innate ability not simply to grow and even reproduce its own kind but also the power to maintain an optimum level of healthy existence to a certain limit determined by cellular processes. Aging and other sources of morbidity contribute to this aging and eventual dying process for every organism. Unfortunately for us humans, there is also a limit to our physical existence. But anyone can live a full and healthy life to a ripe old age with the help of homeopathy.
Symptoms occur when the body experiences instability or stresses that disrupt the optimum level of its functionality. Certain substances that the body requires must remain at certain levels to maintain such a stable condition. The equilibrium sought by every living organism, however, is determined by the environment as well as the organism’s ability to procure and sustain its need for nutrients and other necessary basic requirements, such as sufficient oxygen, sunlight, water and rest.
Take away one of these essential needs, for instance, oxygen, and the organism will die. Reduce the organism’s quota for sleep or remove its protection from continued stress and it will suffer mental and physiological disorders. For humans, especially, emotional stress can bring about the onslaught of many physiological symptoms that aggravate the body’s ability to resist diseases.Homeopathy
, therefore, considers every factor and how the individual reacts to the environment and all the stimuli that may bring about an imbalance in the body’s various functions. Ever patient then is a unique subject to be observed and analyzed to determine the causes of the symptoms in order to apply the specific medication or relief that is required to address and eliminate the symptom’s causes and bring back the body’s health. And once the body recovers its natural level of function, its own immunity system will maintain its stability as long as the body receives proper care.
The natural cycle of living does not incorporate sickness as a natural consequence, although it may often occur. That is why, homeopathy, “does not have treatments for diseases but it has remedies for people with diseases”. Rightly so, because diseases are a sort of accidents that nature allows but something that nature itself has equipped every organism to cope with through a cellular-level mechanism not clearly understood by other medical practitioners. Conventional medicine treats symptoms as they are and not as signals of deeper causes rooted in the body’s internal processes.
Understanding symptoms, then, is key to the unlocking of the individual body’s response to the causes of the disease. Since the ideal condition of the immunity system of the body may be considered the same for almost all organisms, in general, the body’s resistance or lack of resistance to certain particular causes will also produce similar, if not the same, symptoms in any individual. This is the fundamental principle in homeopathy that has allowed its practitioners to apply it to alleviate various diseases and, thereby, aid numerous patients in the past as well as in the present.
What other advantages does homeopathy have over conventional medicine
? Homeopathy utilizes the senses to investigate symptoms of a disease. Listening carefully to the patient is the first step toward discovering what is happening in the patient’s body. Next is observing the patient and noting down the symptoms. The whole purpose I this exercise is to maintain the patient’s individuality and not look at him or her as just another cancer patient who needs a blast of radiation for a growing tumor, for instance. The tumor is in itself a symptom that was brought about by the person’s particular habits, attitude and environment. Removing the tumor will not always remove those causes that brought it along. It makes more sense than to remove the causes in order to remove the symptom. But removing the symptom alone will not necessarily remove the causes.
This homeopathy review illustrates how homeopathy works and shows the simplicity in which the process is done. Of course, the major part is knowing what medication is needed for particular symptoms. It takes years for homeopaths to learn what works for what. However, its practitioners assure us that homeopathy works to “restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehensive principles".The Peterson Group in Jakarta and Malaysia
has promoted homeopathy
as one of the practices under CAM (Complimentary, Alternative & Integrative Medicine) and has helped to promote holistic healing among so many people throughout Asia and the rest of the world.