An excerpt from my book...
During the early 1800s, the founding father of Homeopathy, Dr Samual Hahnemann, began experimenting with dilutions of the common medicines of the day, in an attempt to reduce their harsh side effects. Hahnemann and his colleagues found that very well-diluted and potentised (shaken up to a particular formula) medicines retained something of their original imprint and were equally if not more effective in treating their patients, and they left no lasting damaging side effects. Patients were able to recover from their illness without having to also recover from the damage done by the drugs they were given.
Hahnemann’s stated intention, which can be found in his Organon of Medicine, is:
to ensure the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health by the complete removal of the disease, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way;
and so homeopathy was born.
Today, the Homeopathic Materia Medica (list of remedies), is made up of hundreds of remedies from the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, as well as sarcodes (secretions) and nosodes (pathogens). Homeopathic pharmacists dilute and succuss these raw materials until the particles are activated and refined in a way that allows them to induce rapid, gentle and lasting change. Since nothing of the original toxic substance remains, cure takes place without (lasting) negative side effect. So when you do a search for the remedy Syphilinum (from syphilis) or Lachesis (from snake venom), you can rest assured that the remedy you have been prescribed contains nothing but an imprint of it’s original toxic substance.
How does this differ from modern pharmaceutical-based medicine?
Pharmaceutical medicines are chemicals which trick the body into suppressing its own natural chemical reaction. For example, Protein Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s) suppress the production of stomach acid, which can cause reflux, GERD, and stomach ulcers. Beta blockers, ACE Inhibitors and calcium channel blockers are common blood pressure medications. You can see by their names, that they are suppressive in nature. Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) also called Tylanol, Panadol and Calpol, inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandin in the central nervous system. And Ibuprofen, (NSAID’s - non-steroid anti-inflammatory), branded as Advil, Motrin and Pedia-Care, reduce hormones that cause inflammation.
Antibiotics destroy good and bad bacteria. When the bacteria is life-threatening, antibiotics can be a godsend, but for the last forty years, they have been misused, creating generations of patients with abysmal gut bacteria and an array of associated behavioural and mental health issues, not to mention digestive complaints. Paracetamol has also been associated with a lack of empathy in those who use it. It seems not only to kill our own pain, but our ability to empathise with the pain of others.
Steroids (corticosteroids) are anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive. They work by inactivating a pathway inside the cells (called the nuclear factor KapaB pathway), which suppresses the production of inflammatory cells. Steroids are used to treat allergies, bronchial issues, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bone, joint and tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The list of side effects of each of these medications is longer than my arm. It has been pointed out that the term ‘side effects’ is incorrect. That these ‘effects’ of the drugs we take and give to our children so easily, should be considered as important as the immediate relief they provide. What is the price we pay for that immediate relief?
Pain, inflammation and infection are not your enemy, they are your alarm. But if you shut down your alarm every time it rings, eventually you will wear down the mechanism and it will stop alerting you to the fact that something is wrong. The immune system creates pain and inflammation to alert the immune system to produce and activate killer cells to fight the invading pathogens. The pain and discomfort also inform us to stop, take note, rest, attune, clean, circulate, slow down, massage, nourish, hydrate. Suppressive chemicals are a snooze button, which allow us to continue in a state of slumber. If we use them too often, we risk oversleeping, missing the train and creating a health crisis further down the track.
We have grown up with these common medications without respecting them. There is a time and a place for pharmaceutical medications; emergency care, surgery, end of life palliation, replacement of essential hormones like insulin and thyroid hormones, HIV medications, cancer treatments, serious organ disease treatments and essential life saving and life-prolonging medications - miraculous discoveries worthy of great respect.
Homeopathy does not oppose modern medicine, but rather it is a refined and advanced arm of modern medicine. It brings something infinitely more advanced and holistic to the healing process, supporting medicine by providing a very refined mechanism which is highly effective and completely safe without adding any additional, unnecessary toxic load. It is the future of intelligent medicine.
So how does it all work? Read more in my new book A Very Beginner's Guide to Homeopathy and Family Health