What is Homoeopathic System of
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,
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
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
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
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.