Homeopathy - helping animals and people heal
What is Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a 220 year old form of holistic medicine founded by German Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It is used by an estimated 300 million people in 50 countries to treat both acute and chronic conditions of the body and mind. It is based on the principle of like cures like, in other words, a substance taken in dilution will cure the same symptoms it causes if taken full strength.
Homeopathic medicines are made from natural sources, mainly plants and minerals but some animal sources as well, like bee venom. It is manufactured using a process combining serial dilution and succussion (banging on a firm surface). Homeopathic medicines are perfectly safe to use for animals just as they are for children and adults. They do not have side effects as we commonly know them and are not contra-indicated with any allopathic medication.
Homeopathy is energetic medicine that stimulates the body’s own healing ability.
How does it work
The aspect of homeopathy that is implausible for many people is that the medicines are often diluted to the point where there are no molecules of original substance left. One of the leading proposals for how such ‘ultramolecular’ dilutions work is that water is capable of storing information relating to substances with which it has previously been in contact.
Recent research on hydrogen bonds in water provides some support for this memory theory. The Swiss chemist, Louis Rey, found that the structure of hydrogen bonds in homeopathic dilutions of salt solutions is very different from that in pure water. He reached the conclusion that the phenomenon results from the vigorous shaking of solutions that takes place during homeopathic succussion. Moreover, using a laboratory technique called spectroscopy, other researchers have found that different homeopathic medicines and different dilutions of the same medicine can be distinguished from each other, even though all should contain nothing but water.
An alternative mechanism is suggested by the results of research from South Korea. Studies on molecular clustering in water solutions showed that as a solution is made more and more dilute, very stable and larger clumps of material develop in dilute solutions rather than in more concentrated solutions. This means that residual molecular clusters of the original substance may be present in homeopathic dilutions. Succussion might also be responsible for creating very tiny bubbles that could contain gaseous inclusions of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and possibly the homeopathic source material.
Opponents of homeopathy argue that it is psuedo-science and no more effective than placebo.
In other words, the patient thinks the remedy will help them and therefore they improve. Science claims that it can neither be measured in a laboratory nor detected under a microscope, therefore there is no healing mechanism in these remedies. With a growing body of evidence proving homeopathy is real science, is it not conceivable that the tools used by scientific detractors are neither sensitive nor evolved enough to detect the energetic power of homeopathy? The question also comes to mind: If remedies are simply placebo, and the patient improves because they think they will, then what does that say about the power of energy, of the mind and thought to restore health? In addition, how can it be explained that homeopathic remedies work on babies and animals, who are not aware of what they are taking?
We are well aware of the effect energy has on the body. An individual in a stressful situation will have a physical reaction to stress whether it be a traumatic event, a busy day, grief, fear, anxiety etc. We can measure the effect of the energy created by the brain, on the body in a wide range of physical reactions. We can see dramatic changes in heart rate, respiration, circulation, even brain waves. The same holds true for good feelings, happiness, euphoria. Can we measure the energy that creates this reaction? It is similar with homeopathy. We see the evidence before our eyes of how remedies effect the body and mind. However, If we can't measure it, does that mean it doesn't exist?
Andrea Ring DCH