FIRST BASIC PRINCIPLE IN HOMEOPATHY - PRINCIPLE OF SIMILARITY
Any substance, which, when applied in a measurable dose, causes symptoms in a healthy and sensible individual, may, in a small, called infinitesimal dose, cure those same symptoms in a sick individual, regardless of his illness.
In order to verify this principle it is necessary:
- To monitor and describe the set of disabilities, signs and symptoms, which occur in healthy individuals after taking a substance in a measurable dose. This combination of caused reactions + the combination of their characteristics, resulting from the absorption of a substance is called pathogenesis of homeopathic remedies in homeopathy. The combination of homeopathic remedies and their described pathogenesis are collected in the medical homeopathic directory - Materia Medica.
Ingestion may take place in two ways:
- Accidentally in case of intoxication - in this case the absorbed dose is toxic;
- Intentionally during experiments - in this case the dose is absorbed by a healthy volunteer and is calculated so that it is subtoxic, nevertheless it can cause a typical clinical count.
- By comparing the clinical count of the patient with the clinical count of various pathogenesis. When there is a similarity between the patient's clinical count and the pathogenesis of a substance, this substance taken in extremely small doses could result in curing regardless of the type of the disease. It is not necessary to make an accurate diagnosis, it is important to describe all the symptoms. This explains the fact that in homeopathy one medicine may have effect on various diseases.
Pathogenesis of Belladonna: It was discovered by chance - as a result of poisoning. Subsequently, during the tests made, it was found that it contained two toxic alkaloids - atropine and hyoscyamine, which affect:
- mucous membranes by reducing their secretion and causing dryness;
- the vascular system with local reactions - hyperemia, swelling, heat, pain;
- general symptoms - increase of body temperature, sweating, tachycardia;
- CNS with alternating restlessness and fatigue, hyperesthesia (hypersensitivity), which can lead to convulsion and delirium.
Diseases it can be used with: any febrile diseases, diseases involving inflammation, burns, red angina, arthritis.
In order to choose the appropriate homeopathic medicine for a specific patient we must know not only the symptoms of his disease, but its modalities as well (definition, characteristics of symptoms according to the patient's individual sensitivity, in terms of improvement or worsening of symptoms under the influence of various factors).
What might these modalities be?
Resting / moving - in case of joint pain we are looking to find out when it improves or worsens;
Hot / cold; we are looking to find out how it is influenced by symptoms of the day, humidity, body position, etc.
SECOND BASIC PRINCIPLE IN HOMEOPATHY - HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES
Medicines in extremely small doses are used. The homeopathic medicine is a substance, causing effect in extremely small doses and which, in order to acquire this property, must undergo a series of successive operations of deconcentration and dynamization.
Driven by the necessity to bring the toxicity of medicines to a minimum, Hahnemann had the idea to gradually reduce the doses of the substance used. That's how, after numerous attempts, he reached the infinitesimal dose.
Samuel Hahnemann noticed that the infinitely large dilution of the medicine, together with a number of shakings (succussions, dynamization) after each new dilution, not only reduced toxic action, but also increased the efficiency of the obtained medicine.
Dynamization is essential for the efficiency of the medicine. It consists of shaking the preparation in a vibrator according to specifically determined rules and is performed after each dilution process.
Types of dilution
2 types of dilution are used in homeopathy:
Centesimal Hahnemann dilution (1:100) CH
- for obtaining 1CH - 1 part of the basic substance is mixed with 99 parts of solvent (distilled water - the composition of water has a large memory);
- for obtaining 2CH - 1 part of 1CH is mixed with 99 parts of solvent;
- for obtaining 3CH - 1 part of 2CH is mixed with 99 parts of solvent, etc.
After dilution of 12CH there isn't even one molecule of the initial substance left. In France Boiron uses up to 30CH dilution. In general much greater proportions of dilution exist - for example in England - up to 50CH.
Smaller proportions of dilution are recommended for beginner homeopaths because larger ones have a stronger effect.
Decimal Hahnemann Dilution (1:10) DH
- to obtain 1DH - 1 part of the basic substance is mixed with 9 parts of solvent, etc.
Drops are usually made from DH.