Homeopathy is a form of alternative healing that treats disease through remedies, administered in minute doses that can produce in a healthy person, symptom similar to those of the diseased. It is based on the doctrine of “like cures like”. Meaning a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in a healthy can cure similar symptoms in people who are ill. Also adhering to the rule of minimum dose, homeopathy is established on the principle that the lower the dose of medication, the more potent the cure. Derived from the Greek words “homoios” which means “like” and “pathos” which stands for “suffering”, homeopathy was founded in 1796 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann.
Despite being widely recognised and generally accepted by society, homeopathy has its share of critics. A common grouse is that it is merely a placebo. This, based on the fact that homeopathy remedies are prepared by repeatedly diluting the medicine until it no longer carries any of its original active ingredients. It could also be rooted on the common form of homeopathic remedies, sweet pills (a way remedies is delivered by coating the “diluted” medicine on sweet pills), which adds to the allegations. Natural from a scientific point of view, this may seem incomprehensible. In the homeopathy circle however, it is intangible. “It is because homeopathy works along the energy plane. Looking at it from the chemical aspect, like you would pharmaceutical – produced drugs, will not offer any insight,” reveals homeopathy Anita Madnani. Several years back, reports surfaced that nanotechnology held the key in providing evidence of the inner workings of homeopathy but it was challenged by the medical fraternity.
To date, there have not been any concrete findings that support the effect of homeopathy remedies on a host of diseases covering physical, emotional and mental conditions. Instead, it has been repeatedly sought by many who claim its effectiveness, including the British royal family who have been advocates of homeopathy for decades. So how does it work? “Homeopathy remedies act by stimulating the defence mechanism and healing system to self-heal.”
It commonly hears homeopathy refer to the vital force. Homeopathy believes that it is the energy or “vibrational pattern” of the remedy, instead of the chemical content that facilitates the healing process. Also referred to in some circle as “memory of water”, whereby the structure if the water or alcohol is altered by the process of dilution but retains the essence which stimulates the healing by activation what Hahnemann referred to as vital force. Also known chi or prana, it is considered energy which is inherent in the body that facilitates healing. Due to the similarities in this aspect with the energy healing modalities, it has been suggested that the remedies work through electromagnetic (as the nanotechnology research postulates). As it is the case with energy healing, it is necessitated at least a moderate measure of vital force for it to be effective. This is why late stage cancer patients may not respond to homeopathy treatment.
So, whether homeopathy is effective or not, it depends on your belief.