Homeopathy is a complementary therapy that is popular all over the world. It has been shown to be effective in addressing many chronic and acute conditions. But is Homeopathy really effective for serious illnesses like cancer? Let’s find out.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is based on the Law Of Similars (Latin: Similia similibus curanter), which says that those substances, which in large amounts can cause the symptoms, can also cure the very same symptoms if given in minute doses. Very much like how vaccination works.
Founded by a German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century, Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is widely practiced around the world by certified practitioners and has a dedicated following of users who rely on Homeopathy as their only medical treatment.
What is particularly interesting is that Homeopathy often achieves excellent results in condtions where mainstream medicine (Allopathy) may have diminishing returns. For example, chronic disorders like asthma, sinusitis, arthritis, colitis, migraine, hormonal imbalances and skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Addressing the ‘whole’ person
In Homeopathy, health is the maintainence of a harmonious equilibrium between the mind, body and vital force (life principle or Spirit). This vital force animates, guides & balances the human organism in health and in disease.
Under stress i.e. physical, mental or emotional, this equilibrium is disturbed and disease ensues. Also the response and reaction of each individual varies according to the stimulus or the stressor.
Homeopathic treatments are therefore very individualistic and holistic. The trained homeopath considers not only the presenting symptoms but also the totality of the person’s life and lifestyle. The medicines prescribed help to restore the dynamic energy of the vital force, bringing back equilibrium to the organism and returning it to health.
Cancer and Homeopathy
According to Homeopathy, cancer is viewed as an out-of-control behaviour of cells and their resultant destruction (the technical term is a ‘syco-syphilitic miasm’!)
Hence the homeopath’s line of enquiry in cancer, is to understand and treat this ‘out-of-control’ behaviour, not only at the physical (cellular) level but also at the broader (mind, emotion, relationships, spirit) levels.
There are many examples and case-studies of how Homeopathy has been effective with cancer, by controlling tumour growth, relieving symptoms and improving the quality of life.
Using Homepathy in early stages is ideal
Since Homeopathy focuses on the manifested disease and its underlying cause, the homeopath would prefer if the patient comes to him/ her early i.e. soon after the initial diagnosis and with the original symptoms of the disease. That way, the prescribed homeopathic remedy can target the disease directly, even as they complement/ supplement other treatments.
Homeopathic treatment in later stages requires dual functions
Often though, patients seek homeopathy only much later and much after they have undergone allopathic treatments. By this time, either their condition is more severe and/or their original symptoms are masked by symptoms that may be side-effects of the surgery-chemo-radio therapy.
In this situation, homeopathic treatment becomes much trickier as the homeopath has to focus on both aspects simultaneously:
- The original symptoms/ underlying cause of cancer
- The side-effects: bio-chemical imbalances, compromised immunity, depression, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, post-treatment nausea, etc.
Of course, the skill and experience of the homeopath and the active participation by the patient are both critical success factors in the healing process.
- The holistic and integrated approach maintains that no single medical system has all the answers. How can you get the right kind of help to combine different systems for better results?
- As Homeopathy suggests, take a look at you mind, body and vital force (Spirit). To what extent are they in harmonious equilibrium?
- What aspects feel out-of-synch … and how can you align them better?
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