By: Dr. Bryce Healy
What is Homeopathy?
If you are one to consider something beyond the normally accepted rhetoric, then you might be one to learn about homeopathy. Homeopathy was officially coined into the lexicon by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the late 18th century and its principles were continued to be expanded upon into the 19th century, mostly by himself, but also by his predecessors. Today there are ongoing studies on the effects of ultra-highly diluted substances.
In defining the homeopathic methods, he wrote his treatise called the Organon of Medicine, where he outlines 294 aphorisms, or the concise statements of the principles of homeopathy. He at the same time defined the conventional medical approach, what he termed allopathy. The ongoing debate between these two systems of medicine has been contingent on accepted or opposed ideas of our reality. One model is more material based where a substance has to exert its effects, the other is more based in Vitalism and recognizes there is more going on than can be understood fully. These two systems diverge at many points, but predominantly the difference rests in how medicines are used to treat symptoms. We must remember that Hahnemann was a conventional MD at the time, practicing according to the standards, but having found the accepted approaches not producing desired outcomes, or at least too many side effects, he sought to discover how to best treat his ailing patients, and quite by accident he discovered the fundamentals of homeopathy.
What Dr. Hahnemann did over a hundred years ago was bring a deeper understanding of the natural world by studying the known medicines in depth and proving their effects on healthy individuals. Proving its effects means proving what it can be used for. This method is in contrast to the current study of new drugs that looks at finding medicines that act by opposing the symptom, rather than working in harmony with the individual. In Hahnemann’s explanation, the effects of a medicine are made clear by showing how they affect a healthy person by producing changes and derangements to their state. These are commonly the physiological reactions that take place but are also the toxic effects of the substance. By knowing these effects we get a glimpse of the disease stimulating force of the medicine and can begin to group the symptoms produced by organ system. Once these effects are made clear and recorded, the substance is removed and the person returns to health according to Natural Law. Another way of putting this, in proving a medicine, we find what disease or disease image, symptoms and sensations, the substance has a capacity of producing. If it produces that disease in a healthy person, it therefor will act to cure the person that has that disease. This is the fundamental principle of homeopathy, and in Latin it is called Similia Similibus Curatur, or like cures like. Over the long history of natural medicine we have gained an abundance of information of the provings of numerous substances. In practice, this means getting an understanding of the illness of a person by recording their sufferings, symptoms and sensations. The state of illness is discerned by a trained physician or homeopath, and a remedy is given that best matches the dis-eased state to a substance that can cause that disease. It’s a rather simple process in theory, but difficult to do well, because it is in search for the imbalance of the inner essence of the person. The opposing way of using medicine, called allopathy, uses drugs that produce other disease states, and that is abundantly clear by looking at the side-effects listed with each drug. Most often the allopathic approach is simply to act in opposition to disease. If someone had constipation the medicine is a laxative. If they have hypertension, then it’s blood pressure lowering drugs. This approach is useful for emergency situations but does not in long run provide lasting relief because the underlying imbalance is not addressed. What the medical dictionary for allopathy says is, “producing a condition incompatible with or antagonistic to the condition to be cured”. How then can it be expected to cure a disease by using things that produce other diseases or that is opposite to the disease itself? Homeopathy on the other hand does not have side effects and the substance used matches the state of the disease and therefore no other disease states are created that would be different to what is already present. On this basis of matching the disease state of the individual, the disease itself is annihilated.
This complete, thorough and ongoing study of the medicinal action of substances is compiled into a Materia Medica. Although these weren’t scientifically developed until Hahnemann’s time, a likely original date for homeopathy is around 400 B.C. when Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used small amounts of a poisonous plant called mandrake to treat his manic patients. The idea of diluting a substance and seeing it still have effects goes in contrast to the logical, linear and materialistic perception that is commonly held onto in conventional medical standards. Luckily there have been researchers continuing to explore these mysterious facets of life, and the Universe is revealing much to be discovered as it relates to the topics of homeopathy, hormesis and nanomedicine.
Prior to these technological advancements, however, homeopathy was being used with amazing results, especially in epidemics. There have been reports of upwards of 95% cure rates in epidemics, whereas conventional medical doctors were barely having a 50/50 success rate, often times less if they did give any of their allopathic medicines. The success of homeopathy in these epidemics is found in the way symptoms get recorded and a single best matching remedy is selected. In an epidemic where the symptoms between cases are nearly identical and the remedy according to the symptoms is found, then a good prognosis for recovery is expected.
Homeopathy has not only been a saving grace for acute illness, but it also works well in chronic disease, though for a chronic disease it is complicated and requires a deeper investigation. Homeopathy also holds for the future of humanity the hope for becoming an advanced civilization aligned to Universal Truths, where humans act divinely, and harmony runs through the streets. This can be a topic for a future article as it relates to how homeopathy reveals the inner essence, and brings our body and consciousness into a state of balance.
What is Homeopathic Counseling?
Before jumping right into that, let me state first that the original philosophy that homeopathy connects to is the philosophy of Nature, and the philosophy of holism; both combine to form the statement that Nature alone contains all Truths and that the sum total of Nature is greater than its parts. Holism requires that we look beyond the information that we can gain through our senses, because it requires us to be ok with not knowing all that there is. Some may say this is just a faith based approach, but if any physician is asked ‘what makes our bodies alive?’, they do not have an answer. Not knowing this, but practicing in a way that doesn’t make attempts to align to this mystery, it’s no wonder we are lost in a sea of confusion about health and how to maintain it. Whereas a philosopher of nature and holism seeks to align with Nature, and observes natural phenomena and reflects on the connection that we have to it. Commonly we form a habit in our day in and day out conscious processing to narrow down our perception to a logical, linear and materialistic view because it helps us make decision quickly and a bit more in the moment. However, when this is continued without question it often times leads one astray in their alignment to divine principles and disease happens as a result of coming out of alignment with this dynamic flow that life is within. For example, we are visually very easily tricked by illusion. If a simple trick of the eye happens, what happens when there is a continuation of this illusion going on at deeper aspects of our self? That in essence is the formation of disease, when we continually go about doing something that is not truly going to get us to our end desire. The simple observation that humans, as a species, are confusion on what the diet of humanity should be shows a great deal of separation we have from nature.
In unison with the vitalistic approach to life, holistic living requires us to first make peace with our internal self and then see how a greater harmony comes about as a result of this type of work. As this work unfolds, we often are prompted to make adjustments to how we are living. If you have been on the journey of self-discovery and self-understanding then you probably agree to this statement. We simply realize there are things we should no longer be doing to ourselves. Individual beliefs and philosophies are very much where issues at a physical level boil down to, and in the wake of maintaining certain false beliefs we are put out of harmony. Our state of physical health is a reflection of this connection or disconnection. Stressors and our reactions are part of the patterns that are seeking unity and realignment. As you make changes in the mind, at the fundamental belief level of your reality, you then see those changes manifest and take shape in the physical. So how interesting it is that the word disease itself is a conjunction meaning a lack of ease! What can put someone out of ease? This is really the starting point to Homeopathic Counseling and it’s about recognizing that there was a break in the internal state of harmony that is aligned with the Divine, or the Supreme, or whatever name suits you to call that which has no name but simply is the All That Is ALL. This break is usually a result of emotional wounding, traumatic experiences, and having needs go unmet from early on in life that formed the basis of viewing oneself as subject to the Universe rather than of being part of it. If those changes and ideas get adopted as true then it’s easy to think of yourself as being not good enough, not loved, or not worthy of the good things that life has to offer. It’s like living in the world with a certain colored lens that blocks out other colors or images. Changing that lens by recognizing the false belief being held onto helps to broaden our perceptions. This reflects the Universal Law of Attraction. As an example, if someone in their subconscious thought patterns believes they are not loved then that pattern becomes part of their behaviors and attitudes, and you can see a lack of love in their actions, often times it comes out when certain experiences share a similarity to the wounding experience that triggers the thoughts and emotions. It’s also possible that they hope to be loved so badly that they try extra hard to be loved, which is also an imbalanced state to be in. Someone like this is often self-sacrificing for the sake of being loved, which can lead them to being a pushover or an over-doer at their own health’s expense. Those are just examples, and everyone is unique in their temperament and what sets them off. In a Homeopathic Counseling session you are asked to be honest, and open to accepting these and potentially many more harsh realities of the thoughts and feelings we have towards our self, albeit subconsciously. Becoming aware of these thought patterns means to regain the capacity and responsibility to change them. That’s all that is really required in life, to become aware and then make changes based on that new awareness. This holistic healing process very much aligns with the Tao and what many spiritual teacher say, which is “Our thoughts become the words, becomes the actions, becomes the character, becomes the destiny”.
That’s really the whole basis of Homeopathic Counseling in a nut shell. You are yourself the answer you’ve been seeking. It often times has just been tucked away and out of conscious view. Together we become forensic investigators to your Truth. A session is like standing in front of a mirror reflecting back the image to look at. This is done in a setting where the life narrative is explored, sensations of the illness are discussed, and open-ended questions are used to get deeper into the subconscious. I often use homeopathic remedies in this process when the physical disease has been long standing or severe, or when there is difficulty in making the conscious switch to the new way of being. This can happen because of the way a disease state becomes an identity of a person that they don’t want to change, because of what it means to make this change. Very truly it means becoming a new person and leaving behind the old way of living and thinking that has been going on. This is the true and holistic art of medicine and I enjoy seeing people make these breakthroughs and feel the liberation that follows. Healing also requires patience and major transformations for the body can often take time even if a change in thought has happened.