What are the differences between Homeopathy and Conventional Medicine?
When you are ill, and you are considering whether to use Homeopathy or Conventional Medical treatment, it is important to understand the very fundamental differences between the two medical therapies. What follows is an attempt to inform patients about these fundamental differences between the two medical systems in the way illness and disease is perceived, and how patients are treated. It is taken from a paper written by Deborah Olenev, C.C.H. Unfortunately, and with apologies to Ms Olenev, I no longer have access to the original source of this excellent information (but will gladly add it to this page if informed). The Origin of Illness CM. Illnesses occur as the result of an invasion by an outside source, such as viruses, germs and bacteria, which invade an unsuspecting body. H. Illnesses result when emotional, psychological or spiritual stresses become overwhelming, and thus weaken the body. The inability to process these emotional stresses leaves the individual susceptible to the disrupting influence of these disease agents. The Importance to Health of our Emotions, and the Physical World CM. The inner world of emotions is not valued in terms of any real power or influence over the workings of the physical body. The strongest influence on the body is exerted by the physical world. H. The emotions, attitudes, loves, longings and disappointments exert the greatest stresses on an individual, and have the power to disturb health. The Principals and Laws of Cure (Maintaining and Regaining Health) CM.There are no laws to guide the physician in treating illnesses. There is no philosophy to aid in the evaluation of the results of treatment. “The treatment of illness depends entirely upon experience, upon what can be found out by giving medicines to the sick”. The result is constantly shifting methods, what is true today as a protocol for treating illness many not be true tomorrow. H.There are definite principles and laws of cure which the prescriber must rely upon and know intimately in order to effective treat the sick. There is a logic to the order, and the process of the cure, and an ability to evaluate when changes are not occurring in the correct order. The treatment of illness depends upon a knowledge of remedies and their healing power, acquired by experimentation on healthy people, who can describe the fine nuances of change in attitudes, emotional, physical and mental states. The Need for Medical Testing to Inform Treatment CM.Disease is characterised by changes in the tissues. Unless these changes can be measured, the disease cannot be treated. H.Our feelings are important as changes in our emotional state precede illness, and indicates the remedy needed. These immeasurable changes in our emotions are the precursors of disease, and they are symptoms which can be effectively utilised by the Homeopath to guide him/her to the remedy. Removal of Symptoms CM.Removal of symptoms is the ideal of cure, while the disease itself remains untreated. H.Removal of symptoms along with the disease and restoring health is the ideal of cure. Heroic, or Aggressive Treatment CM.Frequently resorts to aggressive methods, and toxic drugs with severe adverse reactions. Often these drugs superimpose a medicinally-induced disease in place of the natural one with the disease growing inside often leading to surgery. H.Gentle, mild treatment which can often leading to permanent cure. Length of Treatment CM.Frequent repetition of the medicine, because the primary action of the dose has to be controlled because of toxicity. This means the affect lasts for only a few hours. H.One remedy supports the vital force on the way to recovery. The next remedy is administered only if and when the symptoms relapse. Allopathy or Homeopathy CM.Medicine are chosen for their opposite or contrary effect to the symptoms they are meant to treat. H.Remedies are chosen for their similarity with the symptoms of the patient, so that they work alongside the immune system and not against it (thus following the Law of Similars). Doses of Medication CM.Crude or large material doses of drug or vaccine that work on a chemical level. H.Infinitesimally small doses of remedy are employed, just enough to set a reaction going, like switching on a light. The medicines work on an electro-magnetic (or an energy) level. The use of Surgery CM.Frequent use of surgery. If you can’t cure it, then remove it! H.Rare use of surgery. Conditions can be healed with remedies, except where tissue changes have occurred due to the delay on the part of the patient, or where there are congenital abnormalities. Treating the Person or the Disease? CM.Treats the disease. H.Treats the person. The Importance of Diagnosis CM.It is crucial to know the diagnosis, because the treatment is prescribed according to this diagnosis. H.It is important to know the characteristic symptoms of the individual’s illness, which are present regardless of where the disease is located in the body, so making the diagnosis less important. The Life of Medicines CM.New medicines are constantly being created, going in and out of vogue with each new season, or to replaced failed or banned medicines. H.The same remedies have been used for centuries as they are tried and tested. Remedies never change their properties, they remain known, trusted, loved and reliable. New substances are being proven (by research) and incorporated into the Homeopathic Materia Medica. Miasms CM.There is no knowledge, understanding or acceptance of miasms, their characteristics, and their impact on our health. H.Understands the historic or genetic influences on our health, and has developed its knowledge of miasms, and their ability to make us sick. Categorising Illness and Disease CM.There is a limit on the possible number of diseases and symptoms that are taken into consideration. Symptoms of illness have been grouped together in order to reach a disease diagnosis. In this way the number of diseases is restricted to those which the physician can visualise mentally, and limits the doctor’s ability to treat the individual rather than the disease. H.There are an infinite number of diseases and symptoms. Nature, and an individual’s experience of illness, do not follow stereotyped diseased formulations. Every new combination of symptoms constitutes a different disease. It is the grouping of symptoms within each individual that are important, and Homeopathy has an infinite capability to deal with these variations. The Heart of Medicine CM.Anatomy, surgery, physiology, and chemistry are the heart of medicine, but not pharmacology. H.Pharmacology is the heart of medicine. Surgery is an independent science common to all medical system. The Healing Power of Nature CM.Disbelief in the healing power of nature. “The physician is more skilful than the human organism in curing disease”. “The recuperative energies of nature were to be trusted but seldom and sparingly”. “Physicians felt justified in intervening to any desired extent in the disease process”. H.Belief in the healing power of nature. The homeopath imitates the pattern of symptoms that the immune system produces, believing that the vital force creates symptoms as signs of its derangement, and as a means of achieving equilibrium. He therefore follows nature’s lead, but adds the energy of the similar remedy to the healing process.
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