Considering everything that is happening in the world, all the problems we are facing as humanity, there has never been a greater need to seek true understanding, as it is only then that we can see reality for what it is and find solutions that are practical and effective.
Lies, misconceptions, erroneous believes, addictions, desires, emotions, feelings, fears and anxieties – these are all components that obstruct clear vision and true understanding. It’s almost impossible to avoid these and remain clear at all times. There are so many influences at every corner and everyone is trying to sell their version of truth, so many individuals and groups fighting for our attention, for our money, for our breath of life.
Seeing and experiencing this I keep asking myself – what is the solution? How can we begin to steer this reality into a direction that is best for all? The answer I keep getting is – do what you can, no matter how small it is, no matter how insignificant it appears, just start somewhere.
I have been studying Homeopathy for many years now and I have witnessed its power and ability to change lives and yet this beautiful art of healing remains lost and hidden in layers of lies and misconceptions which have been imprinted into the minds of people over a long time. I will attempt thus in this blog to bring some clarity in this area by addressing the most common misconceptions about homeopathy.
Misconception #1 is that Homeopathy works only due to the placebo effect
This misconception has no ground to stand on and is purely based on opinion and not facts. The facts are that homeopathy, since its conception, has been successfully applied on infants, on animals and later also on plants. Thus making a claim that homeopathy works only as a placebo would mean that babies, animals and plants are influenced through the power of suggestion while it’s obvious that they are not subject to such influences. And so we have to conclude that there is something in the homeopathic remedies that is actually affecting these bodies in a significant way. The new developments in science is already able to begin the explanation on how this happens but that is a topic for another blog.
When we are talking about the placebo effect we also have to understand an interesting point which might confuse some observers and fuel this misconception even more. When we look at homeopathic consultation it is quite different from a normal visit to the doctor. Homeopathy, being the holistic type of medicine, requires a wide perception of the individual who is sick, which means that the homeopathic practitioner is interested in every dimension of the individual and is interested in how the whole body functions, both on the physical and mental levels. Because of this need to have a deeper insight a homeopath will ask many questions and the person, in a way, is forced to open up and talk about his or her life and the things that are creating/sustaining the disease/the problem. I am sure we all have experienced that such moments of intimate sharing have in itself a therapeutic effect because in this we often reach a better understanding or just a release due to being able to express what is bothering us. It’s crazy how many people tend to keep things inside without ever expressing them and it’s really important to understand that this can play a big role in maintaining the disease.
So just a simple consultation can have a healing effect and many times it does, and because of this it’s not always easy to define precisely and separate the action of the remedies from the possible effect of the consultation. The critics of homeopathy take this point to the absolute saying that it’s only the placebo effect that does all the work. The answer to this is very simple actually – first of all it’s not a placebo effect but a common sense effect of having a decent interaction with another human being, in this case the homeopath, but even more so it’s the effects of the homeopathic remedies which have a proven history of over 200 years doing the same tasks with great efficiency and success.
Misconception #2 is that Homeopathy is only good for small things
Someone shared a funny story how one doctor emphatically responded to his patient’s sharing on homeopathy: “yes yes homeopathy is very good…” he said and then added with genuine concern “..but not when you are sick my dear”
This shows the general attitude towards homeopathy. The idea is that it’s only good for things like small bruises, sore throats or runny noses in the wintertime, etc. Yes it’s very good for all such things, but it goes much deeper than that. The fact is homeopathy became very popular in the U.S. and Europe in the mid- and late 1800s due to its particularly beneficial results in treating the infectious disease epidemics of that day (cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and more) and yielding multiple times superior results compared to the orthodox approach. This in itself is no small accomplishment.
Another interesting fact is that since the inception of homeopathy it was women who were mostly attracted to homeopathy, as patients, as practitioners and as home prescribers for their family and friends. At that time homeopathy became identified with medical reform, with women’s rights, emancipation of slaves, liberal politics and this posed a big threat to the orthodox mindset. This is no surprise because homeopathy is associated with such concepts as understanding, cooperation, support, working together, peace, gentleness, holistic – while – the orthodox approach was and still is that of constantly fighting, combating the diseases, the viruses, the bacteria or anything that is apparently our enemy and so with this approach we perceive everything as good or bad, constantly trying to protect ourselves against the invaders, existing in constant fear of trying to survive in this big bad world outside of us.
Hopefully you can begin to see the differences of these approaches and in this understand why homeopathy was vilified throughout time. Looking at this with the eyes of understanding how can we say that homeopathy is able to deal only with the small things. Quite the opposite, homeopathy and what it represents goes to the very core/source of where diseases originate and attempts to align the organism to the principles of life on which homeopathy is based.
Another interesting point is that many people ended up using Homeopathy because of having no other choice left, when the orthodox medicine had no more answers for them and they had to seek alternatives. This goes both, for those who had very serious diseases and were told that there is nothing that can be done for them anymore, as well as those who sought help feeling that there is something seriously wrong but none of the diagnostic tools could find any problems and they were left alone without any solutions. Many of these people who found Homeopathy in these moments found the help they needed and became lifelong supporters and advocates of it, again showing that homeopathy can handle even the most difficult points when applied correctly.
Misconception #3 is that homeopathy works only with herbs
This point I have to face rather often when I mention to people that I work as a homeopath.
“Ahh it’s that thing where you give all kinds of herbs and herbal tinctures to heal people”
While this is a misconception there is some truth to it. Homeopathy does work with herbs, but also with minerals, chemical substances, disease tissues, animal products, all kinds of poisons etc. Interesting to note that mentioning poison seems to be a nice trigger word catching people’s attention 🙂
Nothing to be afraid though, the big difference from any other method is in the way the homeopathic remedies are prepared. This part is largely unknown and deeply misunderstood by most people. This is actually where all the criticism of homeopathy originates, and where the orthodox science reaches its limits of understanding.
The main feature of homeopathic remedies is that the substances from which the remedies are made in the process of preparation are diluted many many times. This process of dilution is specific and by the time it’s done there is no single molecule of the original substance left in the final product. What’s left is what we call the resonance of the substance from which the remedy was made, the information so to speak that is imprinted into the water molecules. And because our bodies also consist mostly of water – that is the the dimension where the interaction happens. Water interacting with water essentially. It’s possible to go much deeper into the explanation of how that functions but we leave it here having fulfilled the goal of showing that the misconception that homeopathic remedies are only made from herbs is just a lack of understanding.