Homeopathy is both a treatment and a complete medical science. It is a gentle, safe and effective treatment modality used by many types of physicians including Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Medical Doctors. Homeopathy is also a medical science complete with its own view of health and disease and its own remedies made in a way consistent with this view of human health.
The Homeopathic view of health and disease operates from the perspective that everything in the universe is made up of Consciousness and Energy. We are all vibrating packages of atoms and molecules composed of the same basic elements. Five Element Theory found in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, tells us that these basic elements are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. In modern science they are Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen. However you choose to look at it everything in the Universe, including us, is made of the same basic stuff. And each thing – a flower, a mineral, a snake, a human – is mix of those elements along with a pattern of constantly moving molecules that together produce a unique energetic signature.
The basic principle of Homeopathy is, ‘like cures like’. The Homeopath identifies the energetic imbalance in the patient and then applies the remedy that most closely matches that energetic imbalance. Much like two identical waves meeting and canceling each other out, the matching energetic patterns cancel one another out and the patient’s symptoms are relieved completely and permanently. The remedies themselves are made from common things such as salt, calcium and common flowers.
The difference between botanical medicine and Homeopathy is in how the remedies are made. In botanical medicine herbs and minerals are primarily used in their pure, undiluted form either as dry, ground herbs or as liquid tinctures. In Homeopathy those base substances are diluted in water thousands of times and succussed shaken vigorously) between each dilution in order to ‘extract’ the energetic properties of the substance. This produces a medicine that is both very gently and very effective.