Holistic view of Health
Current medical practice recognises that there are connections between mental, emotional and physical conditions, the dominant approach is to break the whole down into parts with separate diagnostic labels.
Homeopathic Physicians use specially prepared, potentised medicines from which toxic effects have been removed. Homeopaths look at the big picture. All the patient’s symptoms are grouped together and understood to represent the whole disease. When making an individual assessment homeopaths look at ancestral health, family issues, conception and gestation, birth and childhood, whilst at all times noting the ways in which the patient manifests uniqueness. Job and family life, hobbies and holidays, relationships, responses to life’s challenges and everything that denotes individuality are used to add to the picture of health and its breakdown into disease.
One of the reasons that homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world today, aside from bringing health benefits without side effects or the dangers inherent in major intervention is that it offers this holistic approach to health and healing. Holistic implies that the parts in a system relate interactively that body, mind and spirit are all aspects of a whole being and that all individuals are involved in a web of interrelationships with the world, its mineral, plant and animal constituents. The healing agents used in homeopathy derive from mineral, plant and animal sources and are used according to the principle of like cures like
Plato wrote almost 2,400 years ago:
“As you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head, or the head without the body, so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul; and this is the reason why the cure of many diseases is unknown to the physicians of Greece, because the part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
When a person is treated as a whole, the symptoms presenting in different parts of their body will naturally be cured because their overall health has been addressed, that is to say their mental, emotional and physical symptoms have all been taken into account and treated by the homeopath.
Often the primary aim of treatment is to remove the physical symptoms. On the face of it this makes sense, because symptoms may cause pain or interfere with normal functioning. Homeopathy, treating like with like, gets to the root cause of symptoms. The idea of curing like with like may seem counter-intuitive. Why should that which can cause symptoms to arise in a healthy person cure them when applied in ill health?
The long-term aim of homeopathic treatment is not only to alleviate the immediate presenting problem, but also to address the underlying causes. A bacterium in itself is not a problem, it is the weakness and the environment in the person who becomes sick because of it that needs to be treated. Every day bacteria and viruses enter our bodies, but only some of us become ill, some of the time.
A person’s susceptibility to disease can arise from psychological imbalance, stress, physical weaknesses and heredity. A well-chosen homeopathic medicine strengthens a person’s self-curative response. When this is working at an optimum level, the naturally protective mechanisms will follow suit and weaknesses will be overcome.