What is Homoeopathic System of Medicine?

Introduction: This is the first part of a series of articles on Homoepathy

by Dr. Sandamall Wanninayake

(Medical officer - Government Homoeopathic Hospital, Shelton Jayasinghe   Mawatha, Welisara)

Samuel Hahnemann Founder of Homeopathy

Present status of Homoeopathy system of medicine

Homoeopathy is a science and art of healing discovered by a German physician, Dr. Christian Fredrik Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) in the eighteenth century. The name of this system itself is now synonymous with sweet pill, and is one of the fastest growing complementary/alternate medical practices around the world. The public continues to use the medicines as a safe, effective and simple method of health care option for their ailments.

Presently people are becoming concerned about the adverse effects of chemical based drugs and the escalating cost of conventional health care. Longer life expectancy and lifestyle related problems have brought with them an increased risk of developing chronic, debilitating, diseases like heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, mental disorders etc. Although new treatment and technologies for dealing with them are plentiful more and more patients are now looking for simpler, gentle therapies for improving the quality of life and avoiding iatrogenic problems. As a result, the interest and popularity of Homoeopathy, is increasing globally.

Homoeopathy is currently used in over 80 countries throughout the world, mainly in Europe. It is also highly represented in America, India and Pakistan. The Homoeopathy Central Council Act 1973 grants recognition to Homoeopathy in India. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, UK etc. separate legislation legalizing Homoeopathy. Very recently the UAE and Kuwait has recognized Homoeopathy.

Homoeopathy in Sri Lanka

Homoeopathy has been in practice in Sri Lanka from 1906. A bill providing for the establishment of Homoeopathy in Ceylon was presented in 1964. The government established the Homoeopathy hospital at Welisara, and some other clinics at Dehiwala, Matale, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Moneragala etc.

How Homoeopathy works

According to the principle s of Homoeopathy " Similar Similibus Curenture" the innermost depth of a disease is never really visible. All symptoms of a disease - physical, mental and emotional contribute to the entire picture. A homoeopath induces a similar disease showing similar symptoms by applying the appropriate Homoeopathic medicine.

The way of similar, the Homoeopathic way is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance, such as coffee, which in a large dose causes sleeplessness in a healthy person. Perhaps surprisingly this will enable the patient to sleep naturally.

Homoeopathic remedies cannot cause side effects and you cannot become addicted to them. This is because only a very minute amount of the active ingredient is used in a specially prepared form.

What are Homoeopathy drugs made or.

Homoeopathy is a science of natural medicine used to stimulate the person's vital force (immunity) to heal itself. Homoeopathy medicines are formulated from natural resources of animal, vegetable or mineral origin. (Plant kingdom, Animal kingdom, Mineral kingdom, Nosodes, Sareodes, Impoderabelia). Homoeopathy medicines are made from herbs and precisely manufactured in potentized qualities according to strict standards and procedures prescribed in the Homoeopathic pharmacopeias. They are safe devoid of any adverse side effects, cost effective, build resistance to infection. It uses simple medicines prepaired from natural resources. About 75% of the medicines are prepaired from plant.

Homoeopathy plays a vital role in maintaining and improving the state of health of humankind. Homoeopathy corrects various obstetrical and gynaecological problems. Homoeopathy medicine acts very well effectively in the common ailments of children from infancy to teen-age.

The main cause of scientific skepticism surrounding Homoeopathy is its use of very high dilution, including 'ultra molecular dilutions' that are diluted beyond the point (10- M) at which any molecule of the starting substance is likely to be present. Plainly ultramolecular dilution cannot have any classical pharmacological effects, their potential site or site of action in a number of laboratories. It should in practice lie in the same range of concentrations as those used in conventional medicine (10 to 10 M).

Homoeopathy cures

Homoeopathy is a great comfort for treating many common ailments. With some basic remedies of Homoeopathy, it is possible to cope effectively with many of the common ailments and first aid situations one encounters.

Homoeopathy can be used for almost all ailments with a few exceptions such as cases of severe physical injury for speed up healing. Homoeopathy has shown effective And proven results for respiratory diseases, skin diseases, nervous problems, gynaecological maatters arthrtis, anaemic conditions, etc. Surgery was avoided by Homoeopathy in

conditions like prolepses of uterus, piles, warts, corns etc.


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