Samuel Hahnemann ‘the father of Homoeopathy’, never took credit for being the first to talk on the law of Similars, it had been known for centuries. Hippocrates stated it several times in his teachings. Paracelsus used the words “Similia Similibus Us Curentar” as a marginal heading in one of his works in 1658. In his book “Homoeopathy – Medicine of the New Man” Vithoulkas mentions a person called Boulduc, who, long before Hahnemann’s time wrote that rhubarb’s purgative quality was the reason why it cured diarrhoea and Detharding, as saying senna leaves relieved colic because of its power to cause colic. (Vithoulkas ‘Medicine of the New Man” )
Van Storerk suggested that Stramonium could easily restore sanity in the insane because it can cause mania in the healthy. Staph, a contemporary of Hahnemann wrote that ‘The rule accepted in medicine to cure by contraries is entirely wrong; on the contrary diseases vanish and are cured by means of medicines capable of producing a similar affection’. (Vithoulkas ‘Medicine of the New Man” )
What characterizes Homoeopathy from other modalities are that the remedies (from various substances) are diluted and potentised (succussed or repeatedly shaken). How medicines can act when diluted to such extremes and potentised, has always been a puzzle and scientists are still trying to solve it. It appears that in the process of potentisation some stored up energy is either captured or liberated. By the process of potentisation, insoluble substances like sand, inert substances like common salt (Nat. Mur), and poisonous substances like Arsenic are converted into powerful healing agents. It appears that the succusion of matter leaves an imprint within the diluting medium even after the original matter is diluted beyond retention.
Hahnemann came to understand that ‘all matter is permeated with energy which can be liberated for the purpose of curing disease’ and this led him to understand the true nature of disease. Also, that if by the process of dilution/potentisation there was no detectable trace of the substance left ,then the ‘curative’ effect of the remedies was not a material affair and must therefore involve energy. If the remedy was dynamic and not material then the disorder on which it worked must belong to the same plane or order of being and he then concluded that illness is then a derangement in the life force of man.
This life force or vital force is referred to as the ‘Viz Mediatrix’ in Naturopathy, ‘Prana’ in Ayurveda, ‘Chi’ in Chinese Medicine is what is stimulated when the correct remedy has been found.
A detailed case take is done in order to find out as many symptoms as possible that characterizes you rather than the disease. You may be asked questions like:
For constitutional cases Jane gradually works back over your life, trying to get a picture of your health patterns, as well as that of your parents and siblings, your fears, aversions, feelings, so that a picture is built up gradually of the your complete symptoms/constitution – present and inherited.
Once enough of a picture is built then a remedy will be selected. Remedies are in pillule form that are then diluted in water in a 25ml amber dosage bottle. How often and how you take will depend on presenting complaints and your individual vitality.