Homeopathy is holistic, mind-body medicine. It focuses on the individual who presents himself/ herself with the illness and not merely the illness in isolation. This is in sharp contrast with conventional allopathic medicine, which merely looks at the individual or the patient in compartments or segments – not as one, unified whole.

Homeopathy takes into account not merely the individual’s symptoms, but also the mind-body connect. A child with jaundice, for example, who’s cheerful and is surrounded by a caring, supportive family has a much better chance of recovering earlier than a depressed child who has warts.

It is a fact of life that people living in a natural environment stay healthy. They wake up in the morning, have a simple, balanced nutritious breakfast and go through a long workday without complaints. They don’t gobble pills, on the contrary, they spend every moment ‘training’ the immune system without actually focusing on it. When your immune system is strong, and in top gear, allergic reactions – to highlight one common example – are foreign to you and also your system. It is for this reason that the endocrine system becomes strong. Homeopathy enables us to achieve this state, naturally.

Law if Similar

Homeopathy treats illness or disease by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in healthy persons produce symptoms similar to those of the disease (likes cure likes). This is the basic principle of homeopathy, or what is called the Law of Similar. It states that since exposure to a substance can cause specific symptoms in a healthy person, that substance – when correctly prescribed as a homeopathic remedy – can stimulate the body’s internal curative powers to overcome similar symptoms in illness states. Hahnemann called this “Similia Similibus Curentur”.

Homeopathic remedies are given according to the Law of Similars. This also gives homeopathy its name – homeo = similar and pathos = suffering.

Hahnemann’s homeopathy is a revolution. Hahnemann looked at the similarity between the symptoms (signature) caused by the healing properties in plants, and other medicinal substances and the symptoms produced by the disease.

For example, when you chop onions, you have watery eyes, a runny nose, you sneeze, cough and all of it happens due to exposure to the tuber’s active substances. The homeopathic remedy, Allium Cepa, made from red onion, can help you overcome a cold or allergy attack in which you may have similar symptoms – watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing or throat irritation. The actual symptoms of the illness, as you’d figure out, were not caused by exposure to onion, yet the homeopathic remedy made from onions can help the body overcome them, because the symptoms (signature) are similar.

Even conventional medicine uses this homeopathic principle, albeit differently. Radiation therapy is used to treat cancer patients (radiation causes cancer) and digitalis is used for heart ailments (digitalis causes such conditions). Why, even modern allergy treatment uses the homeopathic principles – the use of small doses of allergens in order to create antibodies.

More recently, the use of stimulants in conventional medicine, for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in children, is to some extent based on the Law of Similars. Stimulants are given to restless children to calm down their hyperactive states. This is where homeopathy differs from conventional medicine in which one medicine is made to fit all – notwithstanding each person’s unique individuality and temperament.

From the homoeopathic standpoint, fifteen different individuals with nasal allergy for example may need just as many different remedies – to treat the specific, characteristic response that the body produces.

Facts and Figures

Homeopathy is the most recent and the most radical of medical sciences. It is also by far, the most humane, safe, and also the fastest growing global healthcare system of healing.

• Homeopathy is the second largest medical system in the world, according to World Health Organisation (WHO). It is used by over 600 million people worldwide.

• It forms approximately 14 percent of the total alternative medicine market.

• 20 percent of the people in India have used homoeopathy sometime in their lives. Over 150 million people in India take homeopathic medicines.

• In all India surveys, over 55 percent of people said they had faith in homoeopathy; and the treatment was safe and physiologically more satisfactory with no side-effects.

• 80 percent people feel that homeopathy is increasingly becoming a popular alternative because of the serious side-effects caused by allopathic medicine.

• Most people feel homoeopathy is more personalized treatment with greater one on one interaction between the patient and the doctor.

• Being easily available and effective in treating chronic ailments, homoeopathy is accessed online by over 10 million patients across India.

• Online homeopathy connectivity worldwide is spread over 95 countries.

More and More people turning to homoeopathy

While modern drugs have saved millions of lives, they have not really solved the resurgence of germs that are turning up in new, drug-resistant forms. There has also been a real shift in the way drug-resistant forms. There has also been a real shift in the way people think about their health today. Rising healthcare costs is people think about their health today. Rising healthcare costs is also a factor for the surge of interest in homoeopathy.

Many people are attracted to homoeopathy because of its emphasis on treating the body, mind and spirit of a person. Besides, most homoeopathic doctors seek to find deeper reasons for a disease: job stress, martial problems, diet, or sleeping habits and pills are potential disease- bearers. In this age of managed care and impersonal group practices, most patients find this individualized approach of homoeopathy particularly appealing.