Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Homeopathy: An Alternative Medical System

Background and Principles

Homeopathy is an alternative medical system which was developed in Germany by Samuel Christian Hahneman (1755-1843) at the end of the 18th century. Homeopathic remedies are derived from mineral, plant, or other natural substances which are diluted in order to achieve higher potencies. Homeopathy supports the belief one must search for the root cause of illness or disease in order to treat a patient at the fundamental level; it is “holistic” in that it supports the belief that the body can heal itself if it is given proper care and attention. In homeopathy, symptoms are seen as an attempt on the part of the body to correct itself, or to fight disease and find balance. One of homeopathy’s main two principles is that “like cures like.” It is believed that disease can be cured by a substance that would otherwise cause the same symptoms in a healthy person. The remedies are extremely diluted in homeopathy, which leads us to its second principle, which is “the law of minimum dose.” The belief is that the lower the dose of medicine, the greater its effect will be. The third principle of Homeopathy is the single remedy. Homeopathic practitioners usually prescribe one remedy at a time. This homeopathic remedy has been proved - tested for its effects by itself - producing its own unique drug picture. This remedy is then matched (prescribed) to the sick person having a similar picture. The results are observed, uncluttered by the confusion of effects that might be produced if more than one medicine were given at the same time.

Homeopathic remedies are most effective when selected based on the "total" characteristics of one's symptoms, not just on the disease they may have. The theory is that while diagnosis might be identical for two different people, the characteristics of the symptoms may not be. There are many approaches to this matching process that have developed over the past 200 years.

Homeopathy can be used to treat both acute and chronic disease. Chronic disease requires a more complete picture of the person and may take longer to affect a cure but both are effective.


Homeopathic medicine is made from extremely small quantities of nanoparticles of substances extracted from plants, animals or minerals. The remedies are so diluted that based on chemistry, it is difficult to find any molecules of the original substance in the remedy.

Tissue Salts

Tissue salts are a group of minerals that should be present in the body for it to function optimally. However, unhealthy lifestyles often deplete these reserves, leading to illness. Tissue salts came into existence with the help of Wilhelm Schuessler (1821-1898), a German medical doctor who was a pioneer and who formed one of the pillars of homeopathy.

Dr Schuessler believed that when a human being is reduced to ashes by heat, there are only twelve minerals left. He called them the tissue salts, as they are responsible for the natural balance and vitality of the body. According to him, deficiency of any of these tissue salts produces a diseased condition in the human organism and replenishment or supplementation of the body by the deficient salt in physiological doses, restores health in the organism. Schuessler created potent versions of these tissue salts and made them into homeopathic remedies.

  1. Kali sulphuricum  
  2. Ferrum phosphoricum  
  3. Calcarea sulphuricum  
  4. Natrum phosphoricum  
  5. Natrum muriaticum 
  6. Kali phosphoricum  
  7. Kali muriaticum  
  8. Natrum sulphuricum  
  9. Calcarea fluoricum    
10. Calcarea phosphoricum  
11. Magnesia phosphoricum  
12. Silicea

Schuessler wrote many books during his time. In 1873, he published his first article on his healing system in the General Homeopathic Journal, entitled, 'An Abridged Therapy Based on Physiology and Cellular Pathology.' In 1874, his first book "An Abridged Therapy Based on Physiology and Cellular Pathology" was published, which helped spread his theory around the world.

Homeopathy Timeline

I recently came across this interesting article on homeopathy and fibromyalgia. I can testify to the fact that homeopathy has helped me tremendously in the past with allodynia, which is a type of nerve pain that many people with fibromyalgia experience. I have used the same remedy mentioned in this article with great success. Click here to read it.


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Jonas, W. B., Kaptchuk, T. J., & Linde, K. (2003). A critical overview of homeopathy. Annals of Internal Medicine, 138(5), 393. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-138-5-200303040-00009

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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2013, May 23). Homeopathy: An introduction. Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/sites/nccam.nih.gov/files/Backgrounder_Homeopathy_05-23-2013.pdf

WholeHealthNow. (2018). Wilhelm Schuessler. Retrieved from http://www.wholehealthnow.com/bios/wilhelm-schuessler.html

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