Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that is more than 200 years old, founded by the German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. About 6 million people in the UK choose Homeopathy and over 450 million people worldwide, making it one of the most popular forms of integrated medicine (1). In 2004, the World Health Organisation stated that homeopathy was the second most used medical system worldwide (2). It assists babies, adults and the elderly to deal with the stresses of living in the 21st century.
The principles of Homeopathy were understood by Aristotle and Hippocrates and mentioned in ancient Hindu manuscripts. In the Eighteenth Century, these principles were developed into a complete system of medicine, addressing acute, chronic and epidemic disease by Dr Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843).
Homeopathy is a well-regulated and safe form of medicine with no side effects. It is a holistic therapy, as it considers the whole person, and the homeopathic doctor’s task is to select a remedy which matches not only your physical symptoms, but also your emotional and mental characteristics.
Often people decide to try homeopathy when they feel they want to explore a natural and gentle alternative to drugs, when they had adverse reactions from the conventional drugs or when they tried everything and nothing seem to help them.
It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ or the Law of Similars. This is well understood and is used in many systems of medicine including conventional medicine (E.g. immunology, allergy treatments and vaccinations). A substance taken in small amounts can cure the same symptoms it causes when taken in large amounts.
The concept of “like cures like” have been suggested by Hippocrates, often called the father of modern medicine, around 400 BC. Hippocrates prescribed a small dose of mandrake root—which in larger doses can produce mania—to treat mania itself. One of the best of Hippocrates’ pronouncement, translated in Latin as “Similia similibus curantur” or, in English, “Like is cured by like” (similar to the subjunctive form later used by Hahnemann) (3).
‘Everything is energy, and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy, this is physics.’ ~ Albert Einstein
Remedies are prepared using a unique process of progressive dilution and physical agitation. This is called ‘Potentisation’. This is not simply the dilution of a substance.
The dilution prevents the risk of addiction and toxicity and the shaking allows the original remedy source (the agent), to be released into the water and it is the water molecules that retain a memory for it even as it becomes more and more dilute.
Hahnemann believed that this activated the “vital energy” of the substance. This makes homeopathic remedies non-addictive, and free from toxic side effects, so that they can be used safely even in babies and the elderly. This is in direct contrast to the toxic drugs of modern medicine, and their ‘side effects’
What upsets many scientists and doctors about homeopathic remedies is the absence of any molecules of the active substance in the solutions. Since homeopathic remedies clearly contradict the known biological mechanisms, most critics assume that any healing effect must be from the placebo effect.
The balance of evidence, however, suggests that homeopathically prepared remedies are not the same as plain water and do indeed have some biological activity. Nobel Prize-winning Virologist who discovered the AIDS virus Professor Luc Montagnier wrote: “that DNA produces structural changes in water, which persist at very high dilutions, and which lead to resonant electromagnetic signals that we can measure. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules. You can calculate that there is not a single molecule of DNA left. And yet we detect a (n electromagnetic) signal” (4).
With regards to the effectiveness of conventional medicine, things are not as clear cut as many people may believe. Every six months, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) publishes the scientific clinical evidence currently available on the NHS. That study found that of 3,000 commonly used NHS treatments 50% are of unknown effectiveness and only 11% are proven to be beneficial. See chart (13).