Homoeopathy

Darren Grech - Perth Naturopath, Homeopath & Medical Herbalist

What is Homoeopathy?

Dr Samual Hahnemann

Homoeopathy is the science and art of healing par excellence which was originally developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). The term ‘homoeopathy’ is derived from Greek words (homoion pathos) and means ‘similar suffering’.

Homoeopathy’s foundation principle is;
‘Similar should be treated with similar’.

This law or principle is based on a long history of observations as far back as Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, and other ancient healers such as Paracelsus. It can be explained (& demonstrated) that substances that produce symptoms in a healthy individual can be used to treat similar symptoms in a sick person. Thus homeopathic treatment is believed to stimulate the body’s ability to fight infection and susceptibility to disease.

What was the logic behind this principle’s development?

Dr Bonninghausen, originally a Judge, Doctor of Law and Bontanist, became a Master Homoeopath after homoeopathy cured his Tuberculosis

During the 1790’s the Chemist, Professor & Doctor Hahnemann (who knew 7 languages) translated the book of a Scottish pharmacologist, Prof. Cullen, who taught that the effect of the remedy Cinchona bark in malaria is because of its supposed ‘strengthening’ the stomach due to its ‘bitter’ quality. Hahnemann knew that hundreds of other medicines were also bitter and they had no effect on malaria. So he thought this was an unreasonable explanation. Hahnemann also had come across medical articles which stated that Cinchona had created malaria like symptoms in some individuals who did not have malaria. Therefore as an experiment following the scientific inductive method, he himself took Cinchona bark extract. Hahnemann developed symptoms very much like the disease malaria soon after taking Cinchona: Symptoms like sweating, chill, fever, shivering, pain in the bones, etc. After repeating this same experiment over and over and observing its reproducibility his rational logical deduction was the following: without any doubt 1) Cinchona is known for its healing power in certain forms of malaria and 2) Cinchona is able to produce symptoms like malaria in a healthy person. The awareness of a new principlebecame apparent. The logical question followed; is Cinchona therefore able to treat malaria because it can also produce symptoms like malaria?

Dr Hering, considered the ‘father’ of homeopathy in the US.

Hahnemann then demonstrated this new principle with many medicines used during his time and throughout history. After forming this resultant hypothesis Hahnemann made many investigations of different medicines on healthy persons & toxicological reports and noted all the symptoms that arose in such drug experimentations (or provings). He recorded over a million symptoms which we have on record called the Materia Medicae.  If a sick person had similar symptoms during his disease, Hahnemann (and later his medical colleagues) was able to treat this disease with a medicine which manifested a very similar symptom complex which was also listed in records compiled during the drug provings. For eg. Belladonna (amongst hundreds of other symptoms) causes a rash and other symptoms which look very much like Scarlet Fever and therefore Hahnemann used Belladonna to treat Scarlet Fever and to even prevent it during Scarlet Fever epidemics! As Homeopathy uses a universal law or principle in nature (like treats like) it still works today. Similarly, just like the principles of gravity can be used today & into the future.

Just as it took one man, Einstein to discover the Theory of Relativity, it took one man, Hahnemann, to discover the system of therapeutics called Homeopathy.

Perth Naturopath Homeopath

Darren Grech

Dr Lippe. Considered by some to have been Hahnemann’s best student and Medicine’s greatest Physician. He cured hundreds of cases of severe & potentially fatal Diptheria and Malaria using Homeopathy. His statistics of cure were far better than todays conventional medicine with these serious conditions.

Dr Boger

Dr Boger

Dr Roberts

Dr Roberts

What are the advantages of Homeopathy?

There are many. Firstly; there are no bad side effects from Homeopathic medicines and are non-addictive. Secondly, the goal is to heal chronic diseases. Conventional medicine does not change the person’s susceptibility to disease, homeopathy can. With homeopathy the goal is to actually heal and reverse the diseased process. Even patients with tumours have been shown to go into remission using Homeopathy. There are thousands of such cases recorded in many homeopathic journals demonstrating this incontrovertible fact.

“The highest ideal of healing is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health, or removal and annihilation of the chronic disease in its whole extent, in the shortestmost reliable, and most harmless way.” (Organon §2, Hahnemann)

The organism is strengthened using Homeopathy. For example, in an infection antibiotics can be given to kill the bacteria. However, antibiotics do not strengthen the immune system or remove the susceptibility of the patient for future infections.

(In fact the more symptoms are chemically suppressed the weaker the immune system becomes and more serious ‘sub-acute’ and chronic diseases are often the outcome.) However, Homeopathy can be given for infections, the difference being, the body’s own immune system is regulated in such a way that self defence and recovery take place more rapidly and more effectively. Moreover, homeopathy can remove the disposition for future infections. There are many children and adults who have never had a single antibiotic in their entire life due to the effectiveness of homeopathy. Imagine its potential if everybody knew about the possibilities.

Iatrogenic disease (disease from medications) today is a serious problem. This would not be a problem if Homeopathy was used by the masses as their main system of medicine as there are no side-effects. Often patients are required to take many conventional drugs for life as these drugs don’t actually heal the disease process. With the homeopathic approach, eventually the patient can stop taking the medicine once they’re condition has been eradicated. Even if a chronic condition can only be palliated, using homeopathy is often a more satisfactory and safer option, than conventional drugs which often have side effects which become more dangerous than the actual original condition.

Homeopathic medicine can be used safely with babies, children, pregnant women & the elderly very successfully.

The question is “Why are SO MANY people dissatisfied with conventional medicine and therefore seeking necessary alternatives?”

There are many answers. The most obvious is that it has not been working.

Drugs are dangerous and cause further complications, often worse than the original disease. (Iatrogenic disease).

On a more complex level I believe the following quote written by Dr Russel Reynolds sums up the reason. I sincerely believe that the only genuine system of medicine which answers the problem is Homoeopathy. Please remember that the quote below was written in 1874(!!) and the basic ideas are still completely relevant regarding today’s conventional medical approach. Recall the last 7 minute consultation you had with a “medical specialist” and now contemplate on the quote below;

“Is it not coming to this,” he protested, “that but little attention is often paid to the accounts which patients give us of themselves, their ideas, emotions, feelings, and physical sensations? These are things which we cannot weigh in our most guarded balances; measure by our finest scales; or describe in any terms save those which are peculiar to themselves, and which we cannot decompose. {Replace the former with CT, MRI, PET, X-RAY, BLOOD tests and all scans of today’s technology – Darren Grech}

These symptoms are often disregarded and set aside; and the patient, whose story of disease is made up of them, is thought fanciful, hypochondriacal, hysterical, nervous, or unreal; because, forsooth, we have physically examined thorax, abdomen, limbs, and excretions, and have found in them nothing wrong; because we have looked at the retina, examined the limbs electrically, traced on paper the beatings of the pulse, weighed the patient, and have not found him wanting. Still he is miserable, in spite of placebo and assurance that there is ” nothing organically wrong”.

{today’s desperate but often useless answer is to prescribe ANTI-DEPRESSANTS- Darren Grech}

There may be in him the consciousness of a deep unrest; or of a failing power, which he feels, but which we cannot see; or of a something worse than pain, a sense of “‘impending evil”, that he is conscious of, in brain or heart; a want of the feeling of intellectual grasp, which he may call “failure of memory”, but which memory, when we test it, seems free from fault; a want of the sense of ” capacity for physical exertion”, which seems, when we see him walk or run, to be a mere delusive notion, for he can do either well and easily to our eyes and those of others; and so he is called ” nervous”, and is told to do this or that, and disregard these warnings, that come to him from the very centre of his life. And let me ask whether or no it has not again and again happened, in the course of such a history as that which I have only faintly sketched, that some terrible catastrophe has occurred ?

Do we not see minds gradually breaking down, while we say there is no evidence of organic change in the brain; hearts suddenly ceasing to do their -work, when, after careful auscultation {& after 15 years of taking STATIN drugs and Cardiology check ups}, we have said there was nought to fear? Suicide or sudden death sometimes disturbs the calm surface of our scientific prognosis of no evil; we may be startled, and may then see all that we ought to have seen before. But, when the ripples that such unforeseen events have occasioned on that smooth surface have subsided, we go on as we have already done, and still pay but little attention to what the patient feels, and delight ourselves in the precision of our knowledge with regard to physical conditions of which he may know nothing and may care still less. No one can appreciate more highly than I do the value of precise observation ; but I do not believe that minute, delicate, and precise observation is limited to a class of facts which can be counted, measured, or weighed {including todays MRI, PET scans & blood tests}. No one can see more distinctly than I do the wrong conclusions at which a physician may arrive by accepting as true the interpretations which fanciful patients may offer of their symptoms; but I am sure that, if we pay no heed to these mistaken notions of a suffering man, we lose our clue to the comprehension of the real nature of his malady. Morbid sensations and wrong notions are integral parts of the disease we have to study as a whole, and we are bound to interpret  their value for ourselves; but we can ill afford to set them aside, when we are as yet but in the dawn of scientific pathology, and are endeavoring to clear away the obstacles that hide the truths we hope hereafter to see more clearly about the mystery of disordered life. The value of such symptoms may be slight in some kinds of disease, when compared with that of those phenomena which may be directly observed; but we are bound to remember that there are many affections of which they furnish the earliest indication, and there are not a few of which they are throughout the only signs.”

Genuine homoeopathy is the answer to the above as it alone, so far, is the only system which can utilise the above kind of information within its armamentarium (The medicines, equipment, and techniques available to a practitioner.)

One of the criticisms some conventional medicine practitioners have against alternative medicine is that it is not evidenced based, that only they …. ‘real doctors’.. practice the catch phrase ‘evidence based medicine’. What are the facts?

According to the British Medical Journal this is completely untrue and the research suggests that the large majority of prescriptions given by a medical practitioner are very unlikely to be ‘evidence based medicine.’ See Clinical Evidence for the full article.

Below is the statistical analysis;

Proportions of Commonly-used Treatments supported by Good Evidence

As of March 2009

Beneficial 13% – 11%   (ANY WONDER WHY MILLIONS SEEK ALTERNATIVES?)
Likely to be beneficial 23%
Trade off between benefits and harm 8% – 7%
Unlikely to be beneficial 6% – 5%
Likely to be ineffective or harmful 4% -3%
Unknown effectiveness 46% – 51%

Next time you are given a prescription ask which of the above categories the medicine falls under.

As Dr Kaplan rightly states;

“So next time you hear a doctor criticise homeopathy for lacking evidence, know that s/he is a doctor in a glass house throwing stones and ask him or her quietly what % of conventional interventions are fully evidence based. “

What kind of conditions can be treated by Homeopathy?

See List of Conditions for more details.

Virtually every condition, which can be treated by conventional medicine, can also be treated in a more natural & complete way with homeopathic medicine. There are many conditions which have been classed ‘non-treatable’ by conventional medicine, which have been treated successfully with Homeopathy. Why choose Homeopathy? Homeopathic medicines have no side effects. Also the goal in Homeopathy is to actually heal, which is very rarely achieved with pharmaceutical drugs.
Homeopathy can treat both acute and chronic diseases. Acute diseases like: Flu, acute inflammation of the joints, back ache, slipped disc, acute diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, inflammation of the ears, tonsils, throat, bronchitis, the bladder,  inflammation of the skin etc.
In acute diseases Homeopathy usually works very fast! When accurately chosen it can work faster & more effectively than antibiotics and without the side effects.

Chronic Conditions.

“The physician’s high and only mission is to restore the sick to health, to heal, as it is termed.”1

Homeopathy activates the body’s own self regulation systems so self healing is possible and ideally aims to heal chronic diseases. With conventional drugs chronic diseases are not actually healed. Chronic diseases usually come from a weakness in the immune system. To use an illustration; Think about the effects on the body from exercise. If you are not used to exercise and feel weakness you can train every day and these muscles will gradually get stronger. You can gradually overcome a weakness if you work on that part which is weak in small amounts. Homeopathy does exactly this with medicines; it conditions the body to the same symptoms that are produced by the body during the disease.

Chronic conditions are diseases that relapse, that come & go continually throughout life: like sinusitis, bronchitis, hay fever, urinary tract infections, headaches, tonsillitis, fevers, etc. Other very common chronic diseases are eczema, psoriasis, diabetic varicose ulcers and dermatitis. In modern times we see an increase in asthma, allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart diseases, migraine, and especially psychological conditions like anxiety disorders, panic attacks, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or chronic nervous degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis.

Often patients who come for treatment are already on conventional drugs. The medicine given at this Naturopathic practice will not interfere with this and experience show that these medications can usually be reduced, as the patient begins to feel improvements. Once the patient feels much improvement often many can gradually come off their conventional drugs and this can be done under their GP for supervision & monitoring.

In some conditions where a patient has to permanently stay on their conventional medication it is often found that this clinics’ treatment can help reduce the dose needed and eradicate unwanted side effects improving their overall well being.

Obstacles to cure.

Thankfully, symptoms usually begin to improve quite quickly.

In my practice approximately 90% of patients return for the follow up in 2-3 weeks reporting significant encouraging improvements and this is just the beginning. The nature of a chronic disease is that they relapse. The object of treatment is to reduce the intensity of relapses and to increase the time between relapses until, where possible, they eventually cease to exist. During the treatment different reactions can arise. Usually symptoms can change and therefore a different homeopathic medicine is necessary to continue the progress.

For a long term chronic condition it is realistic to say time, patience, and distractions are the main difficulty in treating chronic diseases. For a long term chronic disease the patient needs commitment. For some chronic disease it is best to commit at least 1 year to ongoing treatment. Giving up too early is the cause of some failures. As a practitioner with much experience, upon reflection on this issue I have come to the conclusion that the very best results come from patients who have come to the realisation that committing to a single modality is crucial to success. One of the challenges which can distract us off this path is the ‘health food’ industry marketing machine. We need to not allow incessant “health” consumerism influence real genuine art & science in therapeutics. I am referring to the ‘health’ food & vitamin/supplement industry which in my opinion, is more about sales and effective marketing than actual genuine health outcomes. When a person commits to Homeopathy the results are often very satisfying & even beyond what the patient initially thought was possible.