Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of holistic medicine. Its practice is guided by ‘the law of similars’. In action, it is actually a prescription that causes a reaction in the patient, and it is this reaction that can be curative. The prescribing method is what makes the medicine homeopathic.

My background in homeopathy started in 1998 when I was a North Face sponsored athlete and embarking on a solo 350-mile foot crossing of the entire Indian Himalayas. I needed specialised medical kit to support the expedition and knew that there would be no chance of outside support or helicopter evacuation if I encountered problems. On the recommendation of army doctors with solid Himalayan experience, along with pharmaceuticals such as broad-spectrum antibiotics, altitude-specific medicines, liquid amphetamine, and morphine, I also took a comprehensive set of homeopathic medicines.

The homeopathic medicine was invaluable. It enabled easier management of daily issues such as inflammation and exhaustion, and strong pharmaceutical drugs such as Diamox for altitude sickness were not needed as the homeopathic coca proved to be very effective. In fact, at the same time that I was crossing the Himalayas, the first ever disabled ascent of Everest was taking place, and this was also supported with homeopathy by Dr Mary Shackelton from the USA. Two years later, in 2000, Dr Shackelton carried out a placebo-controlled, single-blinded, non-randomized study with homeopathic coca during an ascent to Everest base camp and found that it significantly reduced the effects of altitude on trekkers in the experimental group when compared with placebo. Link to paper.

History

Homeopathy has a 200-year history. The founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered that when a medicinally active substance that had been observed to produce a certain set of symptoms in a healthy person was then given to a sick person with similar symptoms, a healing response would occur and their health would improve. We call this the ‘law of similars’.

Interestingly, Hahnemann started by giving the same medicines to patients as the orthodox medical practitioners of the time, but what made the two different is the underlying philosophy in which the medicines were prescribed, not how far they were diluted, which is just one part of this system of medicine.

Today

Whereas Hahnemann was limited by the technology of the day to just a few hundred remedies made from physical matter, a modern homeopath has far more medicines available, a natural expression of the increasing complexity of people and the modern world.

Homeopathy evolves in harmony with life, and it helps you to evolve, not just cope with life, but to be fully alive.

The minimum dose

What we can observe, and have 200 years of documented reproduced observation to support this, is that when a highly diluted homeopathic medicine is created, it can cause a stronger curative response in the patient than a low-diluted one. This is why sometimes we keep the dilution low and keep the original crude material present, and another time we want to leave only the informational imprint in the remedy, so we dilute much higher.

Allopathic medicine aims to remove the problem, often by prescribing drugs prefixed by ‘anti-‘ (antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, antivirals), but at best it often leaves the person being secondary to the problem, and so often they are hardly even considered.

How does it work?

There are many hypotheses to explains how potentised remedies can cause a curative reaction in the patient, but as yet we have no accepted scientific mechanism to explain this. Homoeopathy isn’t alone in this regard, however, as there are many medical procedures that are also used every day and have no agreed scientific explanation on their mechanism of action. General anaesthesia is one of them. What we do know is that although we don’t currently know just how homeopathy works, millions of people across the globe find that it works for them, and contrary to what you may read, there is a wealth of scientific evidence to support homeopathy. Numerous studies have also been carried out on the effect of extremely low dilutions when used not just in people but also in-vitro, and these they clearly show the capability of high-diluted homeopathic medicines to modulate gene expression in cell cultures. Link to example paper.

Homeopathic Provings

A proving is the homeopath’s equivalent of a drug trial. It is a collaborative process that is used to develop new and beneficial remedies for use in practice. It is a process in which these new and unknown medicines are deeply felt, as the messages, imagery, and intelligence of the actual medicines, and the mental, emotional and physical symptoms that they produce are experienced first-hand. It is a direct and immediate way to know the medicines that we give to our patients.

Homeopathic Medicines

Homeopathic medicines can have mineral, chemical, botanical, zoological or human origin. They can also be made from sources such as electromagnetic forces (EMF’s) and other forms of radiation that we are exposed to every day.

They are manufactured using a process of dilution and potentisation. Solid matter that does not dilute also goes through a process of trituration.

Homeopathic medicines that are highly-diluted are also non-toxic, unlike orthodox medicine equivalents.

In Ireland the medicines are strictly regulated by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (formerly known as the Irish Medicines Board).

The medicines are prepared by dedicated homeopathic pharmacies, such as Helios in the UK, and Remedia in Austria.

Homeopaths have around 5,500 possible remedies to differentiate between to find the ones that will stimulate your own healing response.

Below is a brief description of just one homeopathic remedy.

Succinum (Amber)

Amber is solid, fossilised tree resin. It was originally a sap that flowed from trees in prehistoric times, and this sap eventually solidified into the amorphous gemstone that we know as Amber. As it was held by the earth the Amber took form, but at some point, it lost this connection to the land and entered the ocean, and due to its low density it would float, taking a journey far across the seas.

With no control nor ability to navigate, the amber drifted amongst the waves until it eventually reached a new destination, and is finally washed up on the shores of a distant land to which it feels like it does not belong. Some of us have this inner experience throughout our daily life. This experience was felt by many participants during the Succinum proving. If a client realises that they feel like this, it could point to Succinum as being a possible remedy to consider.