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Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine in which practitioners claim to treat patients using highly diluted preparations that are believed to cause healthy people to exhibit symptoms that are similar to those exhibited by the patient. In the context of homeopathy, the term remedy is used to refer to a substance which has been prepared with a particular procedure and intended for patient use.

The basic principle of homeopathy, known as the “law of similars”, is “let like be cured by like.” This was first stated by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, and is not a true law of nature.

Homeopathic remedies are prepared by serial dilution with shaking by forceful striking on an elastic body, which homeopaths term succussion. Each dilution followed by succussion is assumed to increase the effectiveness. Homeopaths call this process potentization. Dilution often continues until none of the original substance remains. Depending on the dilution, homeopathic remedies may not contain any pharmacologically active molecules, and for such remedies to have pharmacological effect would violate fundamental principles of science. Modern homeopaths have proposed that water has a memory that allows homeopathic preparations to work without any of the original substance; however, there are no verified observations nor scientifically plausible physical mechanisms for such a phenomenon.

Oral homeopathic remedies are safe at the high dilutions recommended by Hahnemann, since they likely contain no molecules of the original substance, but they may not be safe at lower dilutions

Hahnemann observed from his experiments with cinchona bark, used as a treatment for malaria, that the effects he experienced from ingesting the bark were similar to the symptoms of malaria. He therefore decided that cure proceeds through similarity, and that treatments must be able to produce symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the disease being treated. Through further experiments with other substances, Hahnemann conceived of the law of similars, otherwise known as “let like be cured by like” as a fundamental healing principle. He believed that by using drugs to induce symptoms, the artificial symptoms would stimulate the vital force, causing it to neutralize and expel the original disease and that this artificial disturbance would naturally subside when the dosing ceased. It is based on the belief that a substance that in large doses will produce symptoms of a specific disease will, in extremely small doses, cure it.

From wiki on Homeopathy


19 responses to “Homeopthy

  1. P.G. Sharrow January 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    @Anne; if you stop by, tell me something interesting. And while you are here look ABOUT for the wizard. pg

    Zeke says: AT “Tallblokes Talkshop,
    January 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    The Placebo Effect is a well-documented response of the human mind and body to a harmless substance. For reasons not fully understood, the human body’s systems are strengthened enough by belief in a treatment to be able to heal in some instances. There are no laws against placebo pills at this time, and the only regulations on placebo treatments are labeling requirements revealing the active ingredients. In the case of homeopathy, the amount of active ingredient is clearly labelled as required by law, in ppm, I believe.

    On the other hand, I think the case can be made that a major cause of both illness and death in this country is from iatrogenic disorders. This is an underreported and very unfortunate side of the medical field. People die often of the “cures.” This can be death from side effects, unintended consequences, improper dosages, fatal combinations, incomplete surgeries, and infections during surgeries. I have witnessed many people who simply trust doctors and do whatever they prescribe, no matter how drastic. Therefore, I would certainly liken AGW and its “precautionary principle” as more like the kinds of surgeries and deadly side effects that are killing people today, in the name of a “cure” of some future weather conditions. Second opinions and personal research into alternatives is advisable, rather than allow these doctors near our lifelines and freedoms. ………. thanks Zeke. pg

  2. adolfogiurfa January 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

    @P.G. from iatrogenic disorders…. translated from Greek, literally means: disorders caused by physicians (from IATROS:physician).

  3. P.G. Sharrow January 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    @Adolfo: Is an Iatrosphysican one that is the cause of the problem or cure of the problem? 😉 pg

  4. P.G. Sharrow January 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Placebos from simpathic physicians, psychic healers, homeopathic solutions and shamanic fetishes all work the same way, to enhance the bodies self healing abilities. This works by installing”healing intent” in the soul of the object at the focus. Not all medical problems can be solved by any one type of intervention. A true healer will use the safest solution, for the patient, and not the easiest for the physician. I always use a physician for a second opinion. 😎 my own is the first and, for me, the last. Some think of me as a healer and ask me for help, at times medicinals are the best solution and at times not. Sometimes medicinals are the cause of problems and then you come across symptom chasers that just make things worse and worse and never solve the underling problem. Medicinal symptom chasers are the worst and decry all other solutions the loudest, FOOLs. They are the ones that are snake oil quacks. pg

  5. Pascvaks February 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Faith and Fear, the Ying and Yang of real, true, honest to goodness, human medicine; it gives most an edge or a not, regardless of our role, be we physican or patient. Blind “faith” or “fear” is potent stuff, and we give and take them freely and for many, many reasons. Who do we trust? Who do we fear? Why? Nobody knows.

  6. Zeke February 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    There is a simple lesson before us in the climategate emails and in AGW science. Not all scientists are in their field for the reasons one might, consciously or unconsciously, hold as an ideal. Amongst “climate” “scientists” there is absolutely no outstanding commitment to search out the real forces that make our earth’s weather systems so wonderfully friendly to life and also so destructive. It is with great repugnance I say that “climate” “scientists” are solely focused on co2 and methane emissions from human activity – and positive, beneficial human activity at that.

    When it comes to medical doctors, it should not surprise us that people do not become doctors for the reasons we might, consciously or unconsciously, expect. Doctors go through decades of training and should be rewarded with a well paying position. But there is no guarantee that a doctor is a person who enjoys healing people, or even understands how the human body works as a whole. For example, doctors specialize in one system or organ oftentimes.

    So it is always best to take your healing as your own responsibility. And as you seek treatment make it a goal not to be killed or made sick by any doctors, as well. Medical doctors do not know the causes of much of what they treat, and they in general offer other symptoms or side-effects in exchange for the symptoms and troubles of the disease.

  7. adolfogiurfa February 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    @Zeke: Amongst “climate” “scientists” there is absolutely no outstanding commitment to search out the real forces that make our earth’s weather systems
    Climate Gate scandal made one of the biggest contributions to mankind by awakening people to what science has become.
    Socrates (and remember he was poisoned for “corrupting youth”) taught us the “Mayeutic Method” (the method of the midwife, the “parturition method”=mayeutics).
    A short example: If a “climate scientist” asked why warm air goes up, he will immediately respond: because “convection” makes warm air go upwards. Then, Socrates would ask: But….what is it “warm air”…etc. What Socrates really wanted was to lead us to the ultimate causes, the more general ones, the basic laws of nature, picking us out from the entanglement of words we are submerged in.
    As to Medical Doctors: As in every profession, there are a few who were born with this gift; the majority of them would make good plumbers, singers or whatever.
    The problem with professions and careers and science in general is that it is based on what Desmond Morris, in his book “The Naked Ape”, calls “mutual caressing”, where “peers” (cool and gay sons and daughters of Daddy and Mommy, and also a bunch of imitators, not being of the same ilk, who want to ascend in the social ladder and follow their example) gather, not to mutually remove fleas from their heads, but to indulge among them, in a common feast of mutual feeding their egos, where they enjoy adding each time more stupid and recently concocted words, invented by themselves and which are to be repeated by their alumni in an immoral process called by them “education”.

  8. Pascvaks February 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Alas diversions, diversions, diversions, life is full of diversions! So much to see, and touch, and smell, and eat, and love and wonder and think about, and love and wonder and dream about, and on top of it all so few answers; besides, most of us have to earn a living doing something when we’d prefer to be doing something else altogether. Life is madness! Thank Heaven it doesn’t last too long or we’d all go really mad indeed! Happy the man or woman who is not a disgruntled, disillusioned, disfunctional, wasted shell of their prime as they draw their last breath. Heaven is not the absence of pain and want, heaven is the ability to do everything and anything, and to know what it’s just a matter of time before it’s going to happen. Heaven is youth, and as the old saying goes: It is wasted on the young. We do not appreciate what we have until it is gone. So true!

  9. Zeke February 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Adolfo, quite a graphic image of professions, and probably well deserved! 😀

    So much depends on the discoverers and the seers, who work tirelessly across a lifetime and with extraordinary depth of focus on their discoveries. You can tell these seers because they work with reward and without; in season and out of season; in honor and in dishonor. The institutions are cold now and exist only for their own perpetuation. I now unashamedly believe that education must be a self-organized and self-directed persuit. I think people who do best in universities are actually successful because they were focused and disciplined, and go on to show the same traits in their careers. To test this theory of the superiority of being self-taught, one could ask a pair of identical twins who are interested in the same subject (they usually are) to take two different approaches: one twin would go to college and complete a degree. The other would agree to study the same subject independently, with some allowance so that this twin does not have to work full time, but has the opportunity to spend the same amount of hours. There would be material communication between the two, and they would have to be in separate locations. I predict the self-taught twin would excel in most, if not all, measurements of mastery.

  10. Zeke February 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    There would be NO material communication between the twins in the experiment. correction

  11. P.G. Sharrow February 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Those that can, do, and those that can’t teach or maybe,
    Those that can, learn, and those that can’t, must be taught!

    Once you learn to read and do math, you can learn as much or as little as you wish. Educators just get in the way and can cause much damage if they have an agenda to push. Very few people can rewrite their memory banks. Once taught, it is very hard to correct misconceptions.

    Anyone that has spent much time at “Tallblokes” can see how hard it is to reeducate people even if they wish to learn. Even basic science has a hard time being grasped.

    I see many instances where terms are confused and lead to long and worthless argument where people see the same thing from different points of view and don’t realize that they actually agree.

    AS our friend EMSmith says “The facts just are” 😎 pg

  12. P.G. Sharrow February 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Heaven or hell is just a point of view of your situation. For those souls that enjoy misuse of others the hereafter would be hell as everyone can see their intent. Those that are pleasant and cooperative it is heavenly. But there is one problem. A soul has very little force/energy to cause changes in the material world. Basically nudging atoms and thoughts. Some return here again and again, as often as they are allowed, to have a real hand in the evolution of intelligence in “that which is”, the soul of the universe. pg

    “We must assume behind this force [in the atom] the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. ” –Max Planck, accepting the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1918

  13. Pascvaks February 3, 2012 at 6:06 am

    “A soul has very little force/energy to cause changes in the material world.” (PG)

    I agree. Lately, I’ve come to think that it’s (our Soul’s) only material impact is to pick it’s genetic makeup at conception, which egg and which sperm and, therefore, the unique little body it wishes to ‘be’; from then on it’s on a hands-free roller-coaster ride and, very probably, it has a wonderful bad/good old time, for a little while, that’s totally different from it’s last ‘trip’ to the Universe. I can’t imagine that the Universe (I mean the REALLY BIG ONE, not the little dinky one we now think is THE UNIVERSE) will last for all eternity nor long ‘satisfy’ the Immortals, but it seems to be pretty popular at the moment. I’m sure The Good Lord has many more ideas to keep us enchanted. The idea of wearing a white robe and playing a harp forever and ever, with or without wings, is kind’a so yesterday. Know what I mean? 😉

  14. Zeke February 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    It is interesting to hear different people’s thoughts on the hereafter.

  15. adolfogiurfa February 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    @Pascvaks February 3, 2012 at 6:06 am
    “A soul has very little force/energy to cause changes in the material world.” (PG)
    A small quanta may alter the development of a big phenomenon: Take 200 mg. of arsenic dissolved in water and you´ll know it a few seconds after. 🙂
    And…not taking into account resonance.
    This is according to the law of the octave: An exterior octave acting in an interval can change the direction of the bigger octave. Say a big boat sailing in the sea, if a little force is applied to the side of it, it will change its direction…..Or a 5 years old child moving a ten tons rock which is at equilibrium on one point. See?
    Remember the Tacoma bridge: A small breeze tumbled it down:

  16. Zeke February 3, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Adolfo, so we agree that there is some room for homeopathy to have an effect – in principle? (:

    With the human body, I can say I have seen this theme that “less is more” fairly often. This is what some of the best neurofeedback pioneers and scientists are saying. They have found that the brain is responsive to its own frequencies, and that some very large global responses can result from a tiny amplitude, for just a few milliseconds, at just the right frequency.

    So medicine has it all backwards – they are trained to mainly treat the body with chemicals, but in fact the body produces all of its own peptides and ligands by frequencies, in the neurons and neuroendicrine systems. The brain is an energetic system, and the neurotransmitters are secondary.

  17. adolfogiurfa February 4, 2012 at 7:11 am

    @Zeke: You have been always right. The brain is an energetic system…No doubt! but, tell me, what is it not an “energetic system”? My dear Zeke, Planck´s equation is the unified field equation. As back in the 60´s and 70´s everyone used to say: “Vibrations” 🙂

  18. P.G. Sharrow February 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    @Adolfo; I spent most of the evening at the spvwiki and

    Some of it was good, some not so good. All interesting.
    this translation of Pier Luighi Lghina’s book was very interesting. Thank you. pg

  19. Zeke April 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Pascvaks says, “Heaven is not the absence of pain and want, heaven is the ability to do everything and anything, and to know what it’s just a matter of time before it’s going to happen.”

    I like that.

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