The term homeopathy comes from the Greek words homeo, meaning similar, and pathos, meaning suffering or disease. Homeopathic medicine helps stimulate the body’s ability to balance itself through treatments of very small doses of highly diluted substances with natural medicinal qualities. This therapeutic method was developed by German physician Samuel Christian Hahnemann at the end of the 18th century.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats the individual using specific diluted substances from nature. The word “classical” describes using a single remedy at a time to treat the entire person – in other words, to understand and treat the totality of symptoms that most of us generate as a result of early life subconscious suppression or suppression by pharmaceuticals.
However, a new methodology discovered by Rajan Sankaran called the “Sensation Method” puts emphasis on understanding the true core of each individual, and how this is often suppressed. This is the place from which our symptoms originate. This approach remains classical homeopathy in every sense of the word. We simply seek a deeper understanding of how a person experiences their reality. It our personal reactions to these perceptions that often leads to illness.
Using specific case-taking methods we are able to uncover the nature and characteristics of these experiences and determine what homeopathic remedy in nature the experience resonates best with. We then prescribe a single remedy that is individualized for each person. A process begins whereby the individual begins to release the restrictive energies which have inhibited the true expression of who one really is. Years of this inhibition has often led the individual to their present condition.
The homeopathic remedy is addressing this inhibited energy or energy blocks. This is where dis-ease begins before it is ever experienced on the physical level. After a time period on the remedy, a person may experience realizations that help them balance in a way they could not before. They may also experience a return of symptoms that have been suppressed. This is often necessary in the process towards wellness. The homeopathic practitioner works with the patient closely to monitor these symptoms.
A sense of fulfillment and purpose is revealed that the person could not quite access before. The individual continues on the journey to a greater sense of well-being, achieving balance on every level, thus achieving a higher level of existence.
A homeopathic remedy carries information for the Vital Force (or Life Force) and connects the person to their Innate Wisdom and Potential to balance or make well. When using the homeopathic remedy, the person restores him/herself to wellness because of this energetic connection.
Hahnemann articulated the following two main principles:
1) Law of Similars
The first principle, known as “Law of Similars” (or “Like Cures Like”), explains that a disease in an unwell person can be cured by a substance that produces the very same disease in a well person. This idea can be traced back to Hippocrates and was further developed by Hahnemann after he repeatedly ingested cinchona bark, a popular treatment for malaria. He found that he developed the symptoms of the malaria and concluded that the drug’s power to cure the disease arose from its ability to produce the symptoms of the disease itself.
2) Law of Minimum Dose
The second principle is the principle of dilutions, known as “Law of Minimum Dose”. It explains that the more diluted the homeopathic preparation is, the greater its effectiveness. In homeopathy, substances are diluted with distilled water or alcohol and then shaken vigorously between each dilution. This process, called “potentization,” is believed to transmit some form of information, or energy, from the original substance into the final diluted remedy. Most homeopathic remedies are so dilute that no molecules of the original substance remain; however, in homeopathy it is believed that the substance still leaves its imprint or “essence” in the final remedy. With that leftover imprint, the remedy can then be used to stimulate the body to balance itself. This theory of a substance leaving its “essence” behind in water (or alcohol), after its molecules have already become completely dilute, is called “Memory of Water.”