By Dr. Vijaya Patil, Homeopathy
First developed and practiced in Germany during the late 18th century, homeopathy or homeopathic medicine is a widely recognized medical ideology and practice based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself over time. Focusing on the body’s regenerative powers, homeopathic medicines are aimed at enhancing the self-regulatory healing process of the body.
A standard dosage normally involves pills or solutions that contain just a tiny proportion of the active ingredient (the same substance that activates the symptoms in a healthy body. These are commonly referred to as highly potentiated substances. Homeopathy as a practice holds the belief that the same substances that cause the disease are also capable of enabling the body to fight against the disease. In this way, homeopathy also attempts to help the body to attain immunity against the disease-causing substance.
Diseases that homeopathy can immunize against:
Homeopathy can be applied to immunize the body against the following diseases:
1. Chronic illnesses and long term conditions:
i) Atopic dermatitis
ii) Irritable bowel syndrome
iii) Rheumatoid arthritis
2. Minor injuries:
i) Muscle strains
Homeopathic treatment, however, is not recommended to treat major diseases like cancer or heart diseases and other emergencies.
Conventional vaccination also works on the same principle as homeopathy – this is the Law of Similars which states that ‘like cures like’. However, homeopathic immunization can be considered as effective alternatives to conventional modes of vaccination, chiefly because of its safety assurances as it does not induce any side effect whatsoever, and because it is basically pain-free, in contrast to traditional vaccination. Since the extract from the disease substance is diluted over a hundred times in homeopathy, only the energy signature remains at the end of the process, rendering it non-toxic and completely safe.