Philosophy of Homeopathy




Homeopathy is based on the philosophy that the body, mind and emotions are not really separate and distinct, but are actually fully integrated. Based on this perspective, a homeopath seeks a remedy that fits all of a patient’s physical and psychological symptoms.

Prolonged emotional stress can cause physical problems, like upset stomach, difficulty in digesting foods, poor nutrient assimilation, weaker immune system, sleeplessness, etc. The opposite is also true. Illness and physical problems can result in anxiety or emotional uneasiness. Therefore, it is important for a homeopath to conduct an in-depth interview of a patient to ensure a proper, all encompassing remedy. Thus homeopathy differs from the conventional mode of treating the patients by its holistic approach. The homeopathic approach is more of TOTALISTIC and INDIVIDUALISTIC in nature. In brief, the concept suggests looking at any disease condition in its totality rather than treating it in isolation. Any major disease is multi-factorial in its origin. The approach entails the study of the nature of the physical body, body's reaction pattern, body structure, etc. It also includes the diseases that one has suffered in past, the history of diseases that the family members suffered. It entails systematic study of mind and emotional pattern, behavior pattern, stress coping system, etc. All these factors are considered for understanding the constitution of the patient and selecting his individual constitutional remedy.

There is no medicine for any particular disease, but there is a medicine for the patient suffering from the disease. "The individual, not the disease, is the entity" said the celebrated Sir William Osler.

It is being increasingly acknowledged these days even by doctors of the conventional system, that the mind and body are inter linked. We now see the rapid rise of the holistic concept of disease with an emphasis on its psychosomatic aspect.

The present problem of the patient is not usually an isolated occurrence; it is a part of a sequence of events since childhood. The family history and the events through childhood are taken into account as homeopathy treats not only the present symptoms, but the entire sequence, thereby preventing the progress of disease. Children under Homeopathic treatment grow into more healthy adults; as they find relief from the scourge of bad inheritance as well.

Besides the special method of preparing homeopathic medicines render them absolutely free from any toxic substance in it. The medicines thus are absolutely safe and free from any side effects. They are safe for even babies and pregnant women.

In fact most, if not all, curative therapies (including some forms of psychotherapy, meditation, etc.) are (consciously or unconsciously) based on the law of similars. The Homeopath applies this principle scientifically and systematically using carefully tested medicines.