In health, the human organism has a strong capacity to maintain itself in a state of harmony, to adapt to circumstances, and to grow and develop physically, emotionally, and mentally. In health, the human organism has incredibly effective and powerful recuperative powers which come into play should it fall ill.

In conventional medical thinking, when the organism is sick, the questions (simplified for the purpose of this discussion) are formulated to be:

  • what is causing the illness (as in bacteria and viruses)
  • what is the mechanism of production of the symptoms.

This leads to treatment aimed at eliminating the cause (as in antibiotics for infections) or prevention of the physiologic chain of events that leads to the symptoms (e.g. anti-inflammatory medicines to block enzymes leading to fever, swelling, and pain.)

In homeopathic thinking, when someone is sick, the question is rather why the person’s defense “allowed” the illness to become manifest, instead of rapidly, and either silently or with “low volume,” restoring order.

In homeopathic thinking, the symptoms result from the efforts of the defense mechanism to restore order, and we seek to support the effort (to render it more effective).

Since the person is already attempting to get well, it is easier (once you have made the correct choice of homeopathic remedy) to help them to go in the direction they have already chosen, rather than to force them in a different direction. Because homeopathic medicines support the body’s own efforts, only small doses of medicine are needed. Conversely, in conventional medicine, large doses are needed to overcome the body’s own efforts. This can lead to side-effects owing to differing sensitivities of patients to the medicines.

The “correct” homeopathic medicine can be thought of as “grease on the wheel” of the healing process. The momentum for the turning of the wheel comes from life itself. The fact that the wheel is in some way bound down represents the illness (in a homeopathic sense.)

The symptoms of the illness form the language that the homeopath uses to select a medicine. The correct medicine is one that is capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy persons taking the medicine repetitively (an experiment known as a proving). This correspondence between the action of the medicine upon the healthy and it’s correspondence to the symptoms of a particular sick person is known as the Law of Similars.

The challenge in homeopathic practice is to select the correct medicine. Since the action of the medicine is “facilitative” rather than “coercive,” there must be some degree of “similarity” for their to be any response to the medicine. While there are probably several medicines which have some degree of similarity, there is one whose degree of similarity is so strong as to unlock the full healing power of the organism. The response to this medicine is often dramatic, far-reaching, and prolonged. It is necessary, however, to give the correct medicine. Finding this medicine can be a challenging process, requiring time and effort for both doctor and patient.

Research in Homeopathy

True homeopathic research is done through provings. These establish the therapeutic efficacy of the medicine being tested. New provings are being done at an increasing rate. For some examples of high quality provings, visit the website of the Dynamis School.

Research into cured clinical cases corroborates the provings data, and expands on them.

Research as it is more traditionally understood in mainstream medicine is also being done. The National Center for Homeopathy has a website which provides an introduction into such research.

Links to other homeopathic sites