The human body performs miracles every day, every hour, every second. To survive, it must continually defend itself against bacteria, viruses, poisons, allergens, environmental stresses, psychological stresses, and the innumerable seen and unseen influences that attack it. The body has developed sophisticated means of responding to these assaults. It creates fever and inflammation to burn out invading germs and isolate foreign substances. It develops nasal discharge to help excrete dead viruses and dead white blood cells. It uses pain to draw attention to an injured or diseases part that needs to be rested or treated. The body creates symptoms as its way to both adapt to stress or infection as well as to defend and ultimately heal itself. This response is not conscious. We do not have to tell the body to heal itself. It is an automatic response, an inherent wisdom; the body seems to know precisely how to fight disease and heal injuries, and it has done this millions of times before. It has survived up to now due to this impressive ability to defend itself and to adapt to its changing environment. Still, each body has its limitations.
One of the guiding principles in homeopathy is Hering’s Law of Cure, named for Constantine Hering, an early American homeopath of German origin. Hering’s Law states that cure proceeds from the top to bottom, from inside out, from most important organs to least important organs, and from most recent to oldest symptoms. Homeopathy uses natural substances that can cause symptoms in a healthy person to cure similar symptoms in a person who is ill. Another principle of Homeopathy is known as The Law of Similars. An example of this is bee venom, Apis mellifica. When used as a homeopathic medicine can relieve the pain and discomfort of bee stings, as well as other illnesses, such as conjunctivitis or arthritis, that present with similar symptoms. Homeopathy works with the body rather than against it. Homeopathic remedies are prepared by a process of serial dilution and shaking known as potentization. The more homeopathic remedies are diluted and shaken, the stronger their action becomes.
In homeopathy, extremely small amounts of natural substances are used – just enough to get you over the hill of your illness. Homeopathy addresses the full range of human illness and disease, ranging from allergies to chronic fatigue syndrome, from depression to menopause, from eczema to menstrual difficulties such as PMS, endometriosis, and fertility, from arthritis to obsessive compulsive disorder, to name a few. Homeopathic remedies are safe, cause no side effects or allergic reactions, and are inexpensive. They are easy to use, taste good, and above all, they are curative, not suppressive.
Homeopathy is an art and a science that takes into consideration the whole person and always aims to cure the patient on the deepest level. Often it is the deepest inner conflicts and frustrations of a patient that leads us to the correct remedy.