Homeopathic treatment is based on the principles of simillimum, meaning ‘like cures like.’ According to this principle, substances that can cause symptoms in a healthy person at a large dose can be used at lower doses to treat someone’s illness. In simple words, it means that if certain substances can cause symptoms, then the same can be used to eliminate the symptoms.
How does Homeopathy Work?
Homeopathy is widely used in two types of treatments – acute and chronic.
Acute treatment is used when the ailment is of recent onset and may worsen if not controlled through medication.
Chronic treatment comes into practice when the disease being treated has had a long gestation, and the patient has suffered for a longer duration from the same symptoms.
A homeopath practitioner takes into account a patient’s medical history, family’s medical history, nature of the symptoms, and earlier treatments that the patient may have sought, giving the patient an utterly holistic health approach. After a thorough examination and consultation, medicines and dosage are prescribed to the patient. Homeopathy is a highly individualized treatment method. No two patients are ever given the same dosage since everyone’s bodies react differently to various substances.
It is widely argued that homeopathy is beneficial in treating acute diseases with natural substances where the symptoms have appeared recently. In treating chronic diseases, the time taken to cure is often equal to the disease’s duration before treatment in the patient’s body. Long term illnesses take time to heal.
Does Homeopathy Provide Preventive Cure?
What’s remarkable about homeopathy is that the recovery can be very visibly observed, and it often safeguards the body against probable diseases arising in the future. It works in a reverse order meaning the symptoms that raised their ugly heads first will be the last to be driven out of the body because the initial symptoms may have taken seed in the patient’s body a long time ago.
The nature of how homeopathy cures are as follows:
It cures most recent symptoms first and then tackles the older ones
It frees the vital organs of the signs early and then moves to the less vital organs
It moves from the center to the borders of the body
And then proceeds downwards
It is often noted by experts that healing proceeds from within the system to outside. Progress is first seen at the emotional level and then physical. The cure begins from the vital organs first and then tackles the non-vitals. A patient with multiple diseases might observe lesser symptoms in his heart and liver before his joints and stomach. Someone’s asthma may improve first than the itchy rash he/ she may have complained of. Healing, in homeopathy, follows a downward route and is all-encompassing. Since the brain is housed in the head, it first works towards curing that and then treating the other organs. The converse is also true. A seasoned homeopathy practitioner may note the spread of disease; if it’s from the surface to the center, then the healing is not taking place sufficiently due to a long period of not treating the symptoms. Thus, homeopaths track treatment and can note the onset of diseases that the patient may not have started feeling the symptoms of, thus providing a preventive cure.