Homoeopathy is a science that is able to heal acute as well as chronic diseases in accord with established principles. The term homoeopathy derives from ancient Greek and consists of the terms “hómoios = similar” and “páthos = suffering” and thus means as much as “similar suffering”.

The principles of homoeopathy

Based on many years of observations and experiments like e.g. the well-known cinchona bark self-experiment (see homoeopathic drug proving further down) the German doctor Dr. Samuel Hahnemann framed the following law of nature 220 years ago and is thus considered the founder of homoeopathy:

Similia similibus curentur
Like cures like

This law was already known by the early doctors Hippocrates and later Paracelsus, but Hahnemann was the first to develop it into a healing method: A substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people.

Vital force stands at the beginning of everything. A sane person who lives in harmony with itself and its surroundings is characterised by a strong vital force. A cold wind, a fight or bad news cannot affect that person. The vital force controls all of our inner functional routines. It is located in every living cell, which is the reason why homoeopathy also works for animals and plants. Without the vital force we are dead.

The vital force - a carrouselThoughts and emotions regulate our whole metabolism. We all know our bodies’ reactions towards acute stress like e.g. stage fright. Permanent stress, anger, fear, dissent, overload and much more cause negative reactions as well and weaken the vital force. First reactions are shown on the inside, on the level of temper. Depending on our sensitivity we react irritably or become sad, we cannot bear music or noise anymore, our sleep suffers. Now, bacteria, viruses and pollen have an easy job: We become vulnerable because our protection shield, the vital force, shows cracks.

Disease never emerges from nowhere, but it is always a process. When we are sick, the subtle, immaterial symptoms slowly add up and become more noticeable, e.g. in the form of a headache, digestion disorders, back problems, sudden allergies or hair loss. These symptoms or just the fruits of our disease and show our inner disharmony; it all started much earlier on the immaterial, dynamic level. This is thus where treatment has to begin. The vital force has to be strengthened. This is done by the suitable potentised drug.

In homoeopathy, each human being is perceived as an individual. The most important instrument is the anamnesis, the assessment of the tale of suffering by means of a conversation with the patient. Thereby, the symptoms of the mind and temper are of special importance. Together with the physical condition they build a complex of symptoms. Only after an accurate anamnesis and the subsequent analysis, a drug pattern that suits your current condition, your so-called constitution, will emerge. This is why the relative homoeopathic product that helped you is not suitable to help your neighbour, too, because as Hahnemann put it: The sick person is being treated, not its disease. This is what homoeopathy is based on.

In his well-known cinchona bark self-experiment, Hahnemann purposely poisoned himself and thus performed the first drug proving in the history of homoeopathy: he carefully took notes of all the symptoms and noted that it caused similar reactions in the sane body as were caused by the dreaded Malaria.
A drug proving is performed within a group of sane people in the context of a double-blind study over a timeframe of several weeks or months. Basically, a controlled “poisoning” with a substance unknown to the testees takes place. Every ever so little seeming symptom on the mental or physical level is carefully written down in protocols and subsequently evaluated in accord with certain criteria. There is no sense in performing animal experiments since the focus in homoeopathy lies on the level of the mind.
Homoeopathic drugs come mainly from the plant and animal world. Among others, minerals and metals as well as products from sick and pathologic material of humans, animals and plants, are used.

In order to treat his patients as sparingly as possible, Hahnemann was looking for a way of reducing the poisonous effects of his drugs. When he tried this by diluting and shaking them, he realised that with every step that he deducted substance from them he added energy to them. The most poisonous substances thus lost their material effects and unfolded their hidden character and their full dynamic power.

manufactering homoeopathic remedy

Until today, homoeopathic drugs are manufactured in accord with this principle in extremely careful work, mostly handwork. The letters and numbers behind the drug names are standing for the grade of their potentisation, e.g. D = 1:10, C = 1:100, M = 1:1’000, XM = 1:10’000.

Manufacture of Arnica C30: By mixing one part of the extractant (original mother tincture) with 99 parts of the carrier substance (medical alcohol) and potentise it with 10 shaking blows, we receive the potency Arnica C1. By mixing one part of C1 and 99 parts of the carrier substance again and potentise it with 10 shaking blows, we receive C2 and so on until C30. In order to receive Arnica C30 in the form of Globuli, fluid Arnica C30 is sprinkled on cane sugar globules (impregnation).

The classic homoeopath only uses single products for treatment of his patients. His task is to determine the most suitable substance for the relative symptoms, meaning the one that causes the most similar symptoms in a sane person.
The market offers customers a big choice of so-called complex products nowadays; several single products mixed into one. There are e.g. complex products against a cold, hay fever, sleeping disorders and much more. However, these products can be compared to cluster munition; along the lines of “one of them will hit the target”. The vital force needs only one impulse though, one stimulation. Several impulses only confuse it.
remedy in small pelletsIf we have several things to do, we too must take a decision on which one we will do first. If we do not do this, it will end in chaos. If we act on a base of homoeopathy though, we decide on the most suitable drug and observe and evaluate the reactions. This requires knowledge and understanding of the healing effects of the drug as well as the regularities of homoeopathy.

In the conventional medicine, medications operate on the material level and thus have to be taken regularly to keep their effects. Their dose is adjusted according to age and weight and has to be set very accurate in order to avoid symptoms of poisoning. Only the symptoms are being targeted, locally. For example, a patient with an irritable bowel syndrome may attain a few hours of relieve with the help of pills, but the actual problem is not solved that way and the symptoms keep returning; the cause is not eliminated.
In homoeopathy, it is also about the quality of a cure. How much power and dynamic does it have? Therefore, the dose does not depend on weight or age. It is necessary to identify the level of weakening of the vital force in order to provide it with the relative impulse. The healing starts at the level of the mind. If for example it can be achieved that the patient with the irritable bowel syndrome generally feels calmer and more relaxed, the symptoms will lose importance and over time decrease or even fully disappear.

After years of practical experience with homoeopathy, Hahnemann found that certain chronic diseases could not be healed homoeopathically. During twelve years, he thus scrupulously researched and compared the medical histories of his patients and their family members and found connections between the seemingly most different symptoms. He thus concluded that a basic weakness makes certain people prone to certain diseases. According to his theory, these chronic diseases were based on a “miasm”, meaning as much as “contamination, defilement” in Greek.

Hahnemann defined three miasm which he called psora, sykose and syphilinie. He related psora (Greek for itch) to scabies, sykose to suppressed tripper and syphilinie to suppressed syphilis. He identified psora as the “original malady”, the mother of all miasm and basic cause of all acute and chronic diseases. Temporarily, a fourth miasm was cited; tuberculinie as a consequence of suppressed tuberculosis. Tuberculinie is a combination of psora and syphilinie.

More than 200 years ago and without today’s knowledge of genetics, Hahnemann thus realised that each person had a disposition for certain complexes of symptoms that are being passed from one generation to the next. He thereby is not talking about names of diseases, but about the symptoms: accordingly, e.g. the inclination for tumours may be passed on (sykose) or the disposition for diseases that include structural corrosion (syphiline).

Today, research has made enough progress to confirm Hahnemann’s thoughts. Skin rashes that are suppressed e.g. by cortisone or zinc can wander within the body and gradually cause neurodermatitis, bronchial asthma or allergies. On the outside, these are different diseases, but they all belong to the so-called atopic spectrum disorder and can alternate between each other. In the theory of miasmas this can mean that e.g. a child can develop hay fever if one of its parents has a severe skin allergy; it has the disposition for it and a weakening of its vital force is enough for the hay fever to suddenly break out.

The studies of drugs include the studies of the miasm. Each homoeopathic drug has different characteristics according to the various miasm. The homoeopath has to determine the active and the latent miasm of his patient and consider them in his choice of homoeopathic drug.

Reise einer KrankheitFor further information I recommend Dr. Mohinder Singh Jus‘ easily comprehensible book „The journey of a disease“, B. Jain Publishing, ISBN 978-8131909300.