Samuel Hahnemann, a brilliant German medical doctor and chemist, developed the science of homeopathy at the end of the 18th century. He was responding, in part, to his concern that more people were dying from medical treatments than from their diseases. Hahnemann believed that the purpose of medical therapy should be to restore health quickly, gently and permanently in the least harmful manner without toxic side-affects or the suppression of symptoms which would only return. His work and principles have been carried on and developed by many dedicated homeopaths right to the present day. Homeopathy now rests on the firm foundation of Hahnemann's work and some 200 years of well-documented, successful healing experience. Hahnemann's guiding principles still apply today in the practice of classical homeopathy, but his criteria are otherwise rarely met despite all the improvements and advances in so-called modern medicine.

The True Classical Homeopathic Approach to Cure

Fundamental to classical homeopathy is the view that we are each a synergistic whole, every part of our wholistic being effecting every other part. It is the combination of all symptoms and how they are experienced by the individual which should be addressed in attempting to cure that person and their disorders. When someone has a health problem, it is the whole person that has the problem. The problem does not exist in isolation from the person. They can't simply put the problem in a box and forget it. Therefore, when attempting to cure that person it is the whole person that should be considered, not simply what is thought to be a disordered part of the person. This is the wholistic approach of classical homeopathy.

This is in contrast to the conventional approach to disease which often oversimplifies it as one isolated symptom or group of symptoms, as a problem affecting only one part or aspect of the body and person. The "sloppy approach" to homeopathy is guilty of the same practice.

Classical Homeopathy, by contrast, prescribes remedies on a constitutional basis, treating the entire individual, their symptoms and modalities. To arrive at the correctly chosen remedy for a chronic disorder, the detailed case of all aspects of the individual must be taken. The true classical homeopath delves into the broad collection of symptoms and peculiarities of the individual, their entire mental, emotional and physical make-up. This requires an in-depth sense of the patient, a keen sensitivity to them which is able to grasp their gestalt, that totality of the person and the matching remedies which transcends the mere sum of their parts. This is the art of finding the homeopathic constitutional remedy for the most effective and lasting cure.

This classical approach obviously requires an appropriate amount of time for each individual, frequently involving patient visits in excess of an hour and a number of hours of work afterward for the homeopath to deeply study all aspects of the case. It is impossible to practice classical homeopathy on the assembly line basis that is so characteristic of today's "health industry." It is not in harmony with the demands of today's kind of economy, and so it can be difficult to find a real classical practitioner.

Having closely studied the whole case of the individual, correctly chosen homeopathic remedies are selected on the basis of "the law of similars" and the principle of "curing like with like." These principles go all the way back to Hippocrates, the father of physicians. They state that any substance which, in large doses, can cause a set of specific symptoms in a healthy person can, in small doses, cure those same symptoms in an unhealthy person.

Just as the symptomatology of each person is highly complex and individual, so is the symptomatology associated with each substance or remedy. To choose the right remedy the homeopath must grasp the individual complexities of both the person and the possible remedies and discover the right match between them. This is the surest and safest way to affect a genuine and lasting cure and it is the most thoroughly wholistic approach.

The Homeopathic Remedy

The safe, wholistic science of homeopathy utilizes a special method of dilution and succussion to produce natural remedies that are made from plants, minerals, or animal substances (e.g. snake or bee venoms) in potentized infinitesimal doses. This process, developed by Samuel Hahnemann, dilutes out any vestige of harmful elements from the original substance and energizes it through the