Friday, October 28, 2011

Law of Similars

Homeopathy is based on the principle­ —"law of similars," which means “like healed by like.” Once Hahnemann—the propounder of Homeopathy—was observing the impacts of cinchona’s bark—a medicinal plant for healing malaria. He found the same impacts from consuming the cinchona’s bark that were alike to the symptoms of malaria. So, he inferred that healing proceeds through similarity, and the healing produces similar symptoms in healthy ones alike the diseased being treated. He did more experiments on this field and finally coined the phrase “law of similars.” i.e. “let similar be treated by similar.”

Based on his “law of similars” theory, he believed that by using medicines to produce symptoms, the artificial symptoms would rouse the vital/life force. This process gets the vital/life force to neutralize the symptoms and expel the original ailment. The artificially created symptoms/disturbances in the body would naturally dwindle when the dose is no more provided to the patient. He also concluded that if a substance in large doses has induced symptoms of a specific disease, it can also heal the same disease if it is given in extremely small doses.

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