You may think that the homeopathy remedies Colorado folks speak of is a relatively new healing art, but homeopathy and its remedies, as we know it today, goes back to the late 18th century. Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor first described it after experimenting on himself. However, Hahnemann was not the first to describe a healing power of “like cures like”. Hippocrates, a Greek doctor who lived around 400 BC, is commonly attributed with first describing the principle. Later on, Paracelsus, a pharmacologist also mentioned in his work that “what makes a man ill also cures him.”
Hahnemann tested a large number of natural substances from minerals to organic matter and poisons for the symptoms they create in a person. He described his findings in “Materia Medica” which is a collection of several hundred materials, called remedies, and their effect on the human body. Hahnemann and others later expanded the original collection or added their own.
Homeopaths believe that a substance that creates a certain condition in humans, for example a strong fever, is also a homeopathic remedy to cure a high fever.
Many remedies can cause high fever. A homeopath selects which one to use during a careful and diligent consultation with the patient. During the examination the homeopathic practitioner explores not only the physical conditions of the patient but also his mental state, his environment and his spiritual status.
Homeopathy thus is a holistic way of looking at a patient’s body, mind and “spirit”, his emotional state. The goal of a homeopathic consultation is to discover any imbalances in a patient’s system that cause the symptoms of disease. Properly selected homeopathic remedies are the triggers that give the human body an incentive and a chance to heal itself by removing any imbalances in the human body.
This is in stark contrast to conventional medicine that eliminates the symptoms but leaves the cause of the illness untreated.