A Truly Holistic Healing Art
Making the Case for a Real, Lasting Cure
With every new product, every modern corporate innovation we are moved in turn to a new “want.” And given that we are as driven by our impatience as by our desperation to acquire we want it now.
We are a culture of consumption and compression-we want more, we move fast and we’ll push things out of our way to get it. In this social and emotional environment, acute disease is damned inconvenient. Who has time to spend two days in bed getting over a flu? Forget the week or two or three that people used to spend in spas recovering from their respiratory afflictions. Time off? Who’s got any? If we’re not working 60 hour weeks for someone else, we’re frantically struggling to manage the dozens of tasks we have on our docket at home. As a result, we are more likely to tolerate a low-level chronic disease than give up our lifestyle. So we suppress symptoms as soon as they appear. We’re so busy and so active we don’t even want to take time to menstruate. To help us out, the pharmaceutical companies now offer a pill to make our menses light and last only 2 days.
Modern, allopathic medicine is primarily designed to suppress symptoms. Its moniker, “allopathic,” comes from the words allo, meaning against, and path, meaning pathology or illness. The treatments provided are devised to work in opposition to the disease state. So, if a person has a fever, they take an aspirin or some other medication to force the fever DOWN. If a person gets a rash, they are given some steroidal preparation to make it GO AWAY. This principle is extended throughout the practice of medicine as such.
Like Cures Like
Homeopathy, which is based on the laws of similars (homeo=similar), works in precisely the opposite manner. Instead of using an opposing force to suppress a symptom, homeopathic remedies, when well-chosen to fit the totality of a patient’s state, are given to stimulate the organism to heal itself.
Here’s a simple example: A little boy wakes up suddenly with a very high fever. His neck hurts, his cheeks are so red they are nearly purple, his pupils are dilated, and he is slightly delirious. The remedy chosen is Belladonna. Why that one of the thousands available? Because when that remedy (in a highly diluted and “potentized” state prepared by reputable homeopathic pharmacies) is given to a healthy person, it produces the exact same symptoms that the little boy experienced. Like cures like. When he is given the remedy that produces those symptoms-and he has those very same symptoms-that disease state is cured and the symptoms vanish. This law was renewed by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of classical homeopathy, but was first brought to light by Hippocrates himself, the father of medicine.
In homeopathy, suppression is not only seen as not helpful in any meaningful way, but as dangerous because while it may temporarily make symptoms disappear, it does not cure. In fact, it drives the disease state deeper in and further up into the organism. So, a person whose psoriasis is “treated” with cortisone may see his skin clear up for a while, but in due time, he becomes increasingly irritable, depressed and starts to develop a cough and recurrent bronchial infections (one of many possibilities, but one in fact which I have seen). These infections are in turn treated by antibiotics. So the acute inflammatory state disappeared, but the psoriasis returns and he becomes increasingly agitated and has to be put on anti-depressants. Soon, he develops arthritis. And so it goes for years. An individual I know who chose that path now has a small cancerous lesion.
I have consulted for years on the value and place of homeopathy in the realm of alternative therapies available to people. And in so doing have worked with numerous medical doctors and their patients. Many who come to learn about homeopathy often confuse it with herbal medicine, naturopathy, holistic psychotherapy, acupuncture, the use of supplements, and nutrition. While physicians and practitioners who employ those methods of treatment may also at times use homeopathy, they are not the same.
Homeopathy has been at work for more than two hundred years. There is a statue of Samuel Hahnemann near the White House in Washington D.C. and in Liepzig, Germany, where he was born. Medical schools still in existence across the country were named after him. His contribution to the field of medicine is incalculable even though it fell out of favor as the pharmaceutical companies took center stage, claiming that their medicine was the “way” and that homeopathy was “unscientific.”
In fact, homeopathy is quite scientific and exceedingly thorough clinically. What it does, however, is fly in the face of what we believe to be true about human beings, in fact about all of life. It follows more along the lines of quantum physics than it does along the lines of ordinary chemistry, stating that we are beings (as all things are) of energy and that it is our vital force that must be healed. It presupposes a divine source for life, not a random collection of molecules that happened to collect in one body.
The birth of homeopathy, like so many great innovations, was serendipitous. Hahnemann began experimenting on himself with medicinals and observed that when he took a dose (doses in homeopathy are substances that are diluted to infinitesimal amounts, sometimes so small that nothing can be seen even with a microscope) of Peruvian bark, which is the essence of quinine, he generated a set of symptoms in his own body that reminded him of malaria. When he gave a potentized dose to a person with malaria, the malaria was cured.
This exquisite medicine, which is gentle, artful, and, gratefully, very, very effective, is available to everyone. It is inexpensive. And it is safe when it is used properly and with an appropriate understanding of its workings.
For more information, please write or email the National Center for Homeopathy in the United States or contact www.homeopathic.com. Dana Ullman, M.P.H.(Masters in Public Health, U.C. Berkeley) is “homeopathic.com” and is widely recognized as the foremost spokesperson for homeopathic medicine in the U.S.
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