HOMEPATHIC REMEDIES ARE . . . based on a vitalist philosophy. This philosophy interprets disease and sickness as being caused by disturbances in a hypothetical 'vital force' or 'life force'. It is these disturbances in the 'vital force' that manifests themselves in unique set of symptoms. Homeopathic remedies are based on symptoms, which is why you will often times see a product named after its symptoms.
Homeopathy treats patients with heavily diluted preparations that are thought to cause effects similar to the symptoms that are presented. Homeopathy was developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. These homeopathic preparations are serially diluted with shaking ("succussing") after each step assuming that this will increase the effect of the treatment. This dilution often continues until none of the original substance remains.
Homeopathy maintains that the vital force has the ability to react and adapt to internal and external causes, which homeopaths refer to as the "law of susceptibility". The law of susceptibility states that a negative state of mind can attract hypothetical disease entities called "miasms" to invade the body and produce symptoms of diseases. However, Hahnemann rejected the notion of a disease as a separate thing or invading entity and insisted that it was always part of the "living whole".
THE LAW OF SIMILARS
Dr. Hahnemann observed from his experiments with Cinchona Bark, which is used as a treatment for malaria, that the effects from ingesting the bark were similar to the symptoms of malaria. He interpreted that the cure comes through similarity and that treatments must be able to produce symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the disease being treated. Through continued experiments with other substances, he reasoned the "Law of Similars", which is widely known as "like cures like". This is the basic healing principle behind homeopathy.
Dr. Hahneman believed that by causing a disease through use of drugs, the artificial symptoms empowered the 'vital force' of 'life force' in the body to neutralize and get rid of the disease.
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