Simply Homeopathy: Exploring Further

Methods of Practising

We give one remedy at a time in a single dose and observe the reaction before prescribing again. The reason for this comes down to two basic principles of homeopathy:

• Provings: To understand why only one medicine at a time is given it is necessary to explain how a substance becomes a homeopathic medicine and how its healing properties are revealed. Each substance in the homeopathic pharmacopoeia has been tested to reveal its healing potential. This testing method is called a proving. A group of healthy people are given a single substance in a controlled dose and asked to note down everything they experience over a set period of time; how they feel emotionally, mentally and physically, any accidents or shocks received during this time and any other phenomena. These responses are gathered together and collated to form a symptom picture which shows how this substance uniquely affects human beings.

This proven substance can now be added to the materia medica and used homeopathically to treat an individual expressing a similar symptom picture according to the Law of Similars proposed by Samuel Hahnemann in his Organon of Medicine. This Law, similia similibus curentur, is the cornerstone of homeopathy and states that 'a substance which can produce a range of symptoms in a healthy person can cure a similar set of symptoms in a sick person.'

Only one medicine is proved at a time. We cannot say how two or more medicines given at the same time alter the health of a human being. It follows, therefore, that only one closely similar remedy, whose effects are known (the similimum) can be given at one time.

• The Vital Force: Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy states that health is a dynamic, positive condition of continuous adaptability and harmonious function with unrestricted operation. In other words, to remain healthy we need to adapt to changes and react to challenges with a minimum of disturbance and restriction in our lives. He maintains that we are helped in this task by an instinctive life preserving energy which he terms the vital force. When we are unable to adapt, it is this vital energy, which produces symptoms. When we take a homeopathic medicine, it is again the vital force which responds and initiates the healing process.

From the moment of taking the remedy the vital force is actively responding to this stimulus. This may result in an initial increase in symptoms, (an aggravation), followed by a gradual improvement with some ups and downs. Old symptoms may return and then disappear as part of this healing process. It is a dynamic time and a critical one for close observation. This response by the vital force may last for hours, days, weeks, months or in some cases years. If another remedy is given before the reaction is complete, the healing process may be disrupted and the action of the remedy unclear.

It is the vital force which produces symptoms to protect us; it is the vital force which responds when we take a remedy and guides the healing process; thus the reaction of the vital force must be carefully monitored and allowed to complete its action before any other medicine is taken.

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