While Orthodox medicine predominantly addresses health issues by applying Anti- methods that go against what the body is trying to achieve (e.g ANTI biotics, ANTI Histamine, ANTI Depressives, cutting out the problem etc) ; Homeopathy uses the application of Similars in order to help resolve health symptoms.
This approach is known as ‘treating like with like’ or ‘Like cures like’ and this forms the main principle of the homeopathic system of healing.
A homeopathic prescription is based on the symptoms displayed. And the remedy required to help resolve these symptoms is one that is derived of a substance that can produce these similar symptoms in a healthy person.
Simply put; The ‘similar’ remedy stimulates the natural ability to heal and find balance like a key that fits only one particular lock. And the symptoms are merely the groves and peaks that decide which key will fit.
Some simple examples of treating ‘like with like’ are;
Cutting onions will cause burning teary eyes and runny nose. Allium Cepa is a remedy made of Onion that can be useful in i.e. colds or hay fever with those kind of symptoms.
Drinking Coffee may cause sleeplessness and a racing mind. These sort of symptoms may be alleviated by taking the Homeopathic remedy made of Coffee; Coffea.
In orthodox medicine
these ‘Like cures like’ principals are also used at times;
- The stimulant Ritalin is used in treatment of ADDH
- Small doses of allergens such as pollen are sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients.
- Vaccines where an impotent form of the virus is given to bolster the immune system against that particular virus.
However, one major difference between orthodox medicines and homeopathic remedies is that substances are used in ultra high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic. Homeopathic remedies do not contain physical doses but work on an energetic level in communications with ‘our inner conductor’; The part of us that strives to keep us healthy and well and all our organs, tissues and cells working in harmony.
And as Homeopathic remedies are taken by mouth they are put through the natural course of our body’s immune response mechanism, instead of being e.g. injected to bypass that process.