Homeopathy

An Introduction to an Alternative Approach to Medicine

by Diego Bodart

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Author’s Note: How you treat an illness is a personal decision. This information is simply one approach reflecting my personal experience.

Since I was a child I've had allergies to certain allopathic medicine components. This led me to homeopathy, since it is made for any user, regardless of age, sex, or specific circumstances, without any counter-indications.

The term homeopathy comes from the Greek hómoios, which means equal, and páthos, which means ailment. It was created in 1796 by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, and many people value its potential as an alternative treatment for disease.

To understand how homeopathy works it is necessary to know that there are different ways to approach a disease. Unlike allopathic medicine, which uses drugs to eliminate symptoms, homeopathy uses very small concentrations of organic substances (similar to those that create the symptoms) to stimulate the body's defenses.

What diseases can be treated homeopathically?

According to the Spanish Society of Homeopathic Medicine, homeopathic treatment is most effective in the treatment of the following kinds of disease:

  • Otolaryngologic and bronchial
  • Digestive
  • Circulatory
  • Osteo-articular
  • Traumas
  • Urological and gynecological
  • Dermatological
  • Neurological
  • Ophthalmological
  • Psychiatric
  • Pediatric
  • Endocrinological
  • Immunological
  • Palliative treatments

I chose homeopathy because it is a non-aggressive medical practice that treats all types of chronic, acute, infectious, emotional, and psychological diseases. It also adheres to a holistic vision of health, taking into account the specific circumstances of each individual.

Preparation:

The substances—or active principles—for homeopathy are prepared by diluting them in water or alcohol to create a "mother tincture." They are vegetable or mineral in origin. The more concentrated the active ingredient, the more potent it is.

There are key philosophical differences between homeopathic medicine and allopathic medicine.

Homeopathy:

From the homeopathic perspective, disease is a core bioenergetic imbalance that involves the whole organism. It is an internal condition that manifests itself with symptoms and locations according to individual predisposition.

Homeopathy adheres to the concept of psycho-physical indivisibility of the organism, which means that each person is a unique, unprecedented and unrepeatable being, to be considered in its entirety.

It diagnoses the patient by studying the history, personality, and causes of their imbalance (especially the emotional situations that have affected them) to define a prognosis and control the evolution. Healing must occur from the inside out, improving the patient's condition (mood, and vitality), and then the illness. The disappearance of symptoms is not enough if harmony is not recovered.

Allopathy:

From the allopathic perspective, the disease or illness is seen as something external, as if it were an autonomous force capable of invading us.

It considers the patient as a complex of interrelated organs, fragmentary and divisible into parts for study and treatment.

It prescribes drugs with chemical activity, usually tested on other animals in the laboratory. Its effects on humans are only known when they are administered; hence, they are later withdrawn from the market if they produce adverse effects.

It privileges the diagnosis of clinical entities called illnesses and defines the cure as the disappearance of symptoms or injury. In practice, it considers health to be the "silence of the organs" through tests and complementary studies which are compared to the standard physiological norms.

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