keskiviikko 28. lokakuuta 2015

How homeopathy works

Homeopathy works on “principle of similars”; a substance which can produce symptoms in a healthy person can be used in diluted amount to treat similar symptoms in a sick person. Other than that, nobody really knows how the homeopathy works, although there are lot of speculations. I believe that homeopathy works in many different ways. 

In case of allergy for example to ragweed, basically the allergy can be cured, by taking the same plant in homeopathic (higher) form, called Ambrosia, – it will cancel the effect caused by the ragweed (lower form). This is basically explained by homeopathic experiment itself; if you take first low potency of homeopathic medicine, like 6 X and after that higher potency 200 of the same medicine, the higher potency tends to cancel the effects of lower potency.

Some homeopaths also claim that vibrational homeopathic element, opposite to an element in the body, neutralizes it. This might be similar to antidoting effect. According Materia Medica, which describes the nature of each homeopathic medicine, there are antidoting, inimical and “follow well” medicines for almost every medicine. Personally though, I feel most of them are just assumptions or could be explained in more logical way.

In case if one has lack of, for example, calcium, one would think the potentized homeopathic calcium (Calcarea Carb) would help the body to take up calcium from food – and it might be so – but as it also removes the excess calcium deposits from the joints, we might need another explanation too. 
Homeopathic thyroidinum helps with both cases hyper- and hypothyroidism. It appears to stimulate a normalising effect. We can compare it to yoga asanas, some asanas like Shoulder stand helps with hyperthyroidism, but the same asana also helps with hypothyroidism.

Common explanation how homeopathy works seems to be that homeopathic medicine creates vibration of the substance into body, so that the body can build up immunity to it. Quite similarly the conventional immunization method uses small doses of a weakened pathogen to enhance immunity and prevent what larger doses can cause. 

Sick body creates inflammation or discharge in order to throw out a disease. The normal medicines tend to suppress the symptoms and even push the disease deeper into the body. Homeopathic medicine first rather aggravates the symptoms. It might be that it actually brings the “disease” from chronic state to acute state, which is more easy to cure.

Interestingly Silicea has opposite functions. It is used in lower potency to suppurate a stick out from flesh, or to help abscess to suppurate pus out. Anyhow when the abscess is discharging, higher potency of Silicea is used for absorbing the pus and promoting final healing of the wound.

When I was in Africa I used to have constantly flea bites. A homeopath doctor gave me Pulex for that and I never anymore had flea bites. Pulex is potenticed medicine made out of flea. How did all the fleas run away, or how they no longer dared to touch me?

In India a homeopath doctor gave me Hepar Sulph for some inflammation. I was given on that very same day, by my higher authority, duty to burn all sorts of trash on fire in the courtyard. Only after reading Materia Medica, I understood that description of Hepar Sulp 'type of patient' includes impulse to set things on fire, or throw things on fire.

Coincidence one might think, but it was not the only coincidence experience. While once taking Calc Carb I saw swarms of nasty rats. (It should actually work opposite way, when you are scared of seeing rats take Calc Carb). I would put this phenomenom on the basket of karmic reasons. Anyhow don't worry, you won't necessarily see those things, it seems to depend on how deeply you are in that kind of state that requires certain medicine. 

What kind of effect the shaking on the preparation phase has on the homeopathic medicine? Nobody really knows, but nuclear scientist Keshe thinks that by using succussion any liquid can be made magnetic, which will interact with water in the human body. Hence the cells in the body get realigned to original healthy state. This is similar how iron is magnetized by succussion in order to realign the iron molecules.

When researchers were shaking diluted water with a medicinal substance in it, an ice crystal which had electrical field, was created. Some people assume that homeopathic medicines are energy medicines” that act on the chi, or “life energy” of the person. 
Nano products carry more and more bodies of information in smaller and smaller chips. Should we call hoemopathy as “nanopathy”?

We really need more subtle methods of scientific exploration in order to explain everything about homeopathy.
I have studied homeopathy in England and India. I used to sit and observe the doctors treating the patients in a homeopathic clinic in Calcutta about 5 months, almost every evening some hours. The founder of the clinic treated about 80 -100 patients every day, while the other doctor used to get much less cases. Interestingly there was also a conventional doctor, who was having even less patients. Mostly he treated those patients whom the homeopath doctors sent to him. 

Money was not the main reason for the lack of patients, as both kind of medicines were very cheap and on request patients could get their medicines even free. In 2007 survey in India found that 62 % of current homeopathy users have never tried conventional medicines and 82 % of them would not change to conventional.

I observed with amazement how the homeopaths could treat almost anything. Most of the patients were women, often pregnant or having small children – with fever, injuries, serious skin problems, smelly infections etc. Male patients were very few, the reason probably was that they had to wait often longer time as the doctors prefered to take children and their mothers first.

The founder of the clinic used to teach me not only by lecturing, but also in a very practical way – he put me to test the medicines. Once, when as I was questioning, how it would affect if one would take too much homeopathic medicine, he immediately gave me a bottle full of some medicine and ordered me to take it all. I took it all nervously, but nothing happened, except the usual slight feelings in the body when the medicine starts to have some effect. The amount of medicine is not important in homeopathy. Homeopathic medicine begins its function in the body already in seconds, although the deeper action takes hours, days or even months.

Often the homeopathic medicines are prescribed based on the overall symptoms of the body and the mind of the person. In some cases though the homeopaths give quite the same medicine to everyone in the same disease. There is even tested evidence of the method's efficiency by famous Indian homeopath in The Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation. Banerji states; 'We give a basic set of medicines to treat each cancer type and thereafter considering the accessory symptoms, have first, second and third line medicines. Patients from 70 countries follow the Banerji Protocol.'

Similar ways of treatment I also saw in Calcutta clinic – many of their treatments were based on principle; certain disease needs particular medicines, but besides they were also good in observing moods of each person and giving medicines accordingly. They used to give few, usually 2-3 medicines at same time. Only exceptionally they gave just one medicine at a time.

Human being is not only physical or psychic being, but combination of both. Homeopathy treats both sides of the person, thus being wholistic and often even permanent way of cure. When using lower potencies (less diluted) those are treating the symptoms closer to physical level, but often the disease has also counterpart on human psyche that needs higher potencies in order to be cured. Acute cases are exceptions, like broken finger which lower potency can cure alone. Anyhow if the person has tendency to get injured, then one might need to take higher potency too. It seems like in order to burn ones karma higher potencies are needed.

Homeopathic medicines commonly are not dangerous. Nothing will happen if the patient is given a homeopathic medicine that is not suitable for his/her symptoms, but if the medicine is correct, people get relief immediately or experience first aggravation of symptoms and then improvement and not only of the disease, but in their overall health. 

Anyhow I would still warn about certain medicines, such as homeopathic Digitalis. If you take it several times for your hearth problems, you may get severe aggravation. There are as well some other cases to be concerned, and if the patient is not responding to homeopathic treatment, changing to another type of treatment should be arranged. Doctors should actually run kind of healthcare cooperatives.

Indian scientist and spiritual leader Sarkar has stated that the science of homeopathy is based on the psychic existence of human beings... 'There is no doubt that the medicine prepared in a sentient environment by sentient people, will have a much greater effect in curing a patient’. Also Sarkar admits that the confident attitude of a doctor can add to the effect of any medicine.

Didi Annapurna 

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