Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system
and is being practiced almost all over the world. In India
it has become a household name due the safety of its pills
and gentleness of its cure. A rough study indicates that about
10% of the Indian population solely depend on Homoeopathy
for their health care.
The word ‘Homoeopathy’ is derived
from two Greek words, Homois meaning similar and pathos meaning
suffering. Homoeopathy simply means treating diseases with
remedies, prescribed in minute doses, which are capable of
producing symptoms similar to the disease when taken by healthy
people. It is based on the natural law of healing - Similia
Similibus Curantur which means likes are
cured by likes. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843)
gave it a scientific basis in the early 19th century.
Concepts & Principles
of Homoeopathic Treatment (Treatment is called
as the Consitutional Treatment)
Homoeopathy is the system of treatment based
on demonstrable laws and principles, which are -
- The Law of Similars - It is also called
the Law of Cure. This law demonstrates that the selected
remedy is able to produce a range of symptoms in a healthy
person similar to that observed in the patient, thus leading
to the principle of Similia Similibus Curentur i.e. let
likes be treated by likes.The principle has been verified
by millions of Homoeopaths all over the world.
- The Law of Single Remedy - This law directs
to choose and administer such a single remedy, which is
most similar to the symptom complex of the sick person at
- The Law of Minimum Dose - The similar
remedy selected for a sick should be prescribed in minimum
dose, so that when administered there is no toxic effects
on the body. It just acts as a triggering and catalytic
agent to stimulate and strengthen the existing defense mechanism
of the body.
Homoeopathy in India enjoys Government support
along with the other systems of medicine because Government
is of the view that presence of all these complementary alternative
systems of therapeutics offers a much wider spectrum of curative
medicine than is available in any other country.