of the following information is taken from Yasgur's Homeopathic Dictionary
and from the brochure What
by the Canadian Society of Homeopaths
"Homeopathy is a therapeutic medical science" (Yasgur) or "a natural
system of medicine that uses highly diluted doses of substances to
stimulate the body's own healing mechanism" (CSH).
medicine is a minute dose of a substance from the plant,
animal, or mineral kingdoms. The term "substance" is a bit misleading
because almost all potencies are so highly diluted that they do not
contain a single molecule of the mother tincture of the
substance. For instance, if you take one drop of a tincture from a
plant, say Arnica, and dilute it with 99 drops of water, you get a
ratio of 1:100, or 1C. Take one drop of 1C and add 99 drops of water
and the result is a dilution ratio of 1:10,000, or 2C. If one continues
this dilution process up to 12C, one reaches Avogadro's number (6.023 x
10 to the 23rd power), where not a single molecule of the original
substance or material can be found in the homeopathic remedy. A 30C is
considered to be a low potency, a 200C a mid-potency, and a 1M ("M"
designating that the C dilution process has been repeated 1000 times)
is a mid-to-high potency.
At each step in the dilution process, a remedy is succussed (shaken
vigorously). "As this standardized process of dilution and succussion
continues, the remedy becomes more powerful. This method is called
potentization and it is the hallmark of all homeopathic remedies" (CSH).
"Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic, have no known side-effects, and
are most commonly administered by dissolution in the mouth. The
practitioner uses his/her expertise to select the proper remedy [there
are thousands available]. He selects the proper potency and frequency
of administration depending of the vitality of the patient and the
disease being treated. During the course of treatment several remedies
may be needed, yet just one is administered at a time" (Yasgur).
How Do the Remedies
is no current scientific explanation for how these remedies work"
(CSH). "How do homeopathic remedies work, and if they are prepared in
such tiny, tiny amounts, how could they possibly do anything in the
body? There is no concrete answer to this question" (Yasgur).
My own take on this question is that homeopathy is a form of
vibrational medicine. Quantum physics tells us that the human body is
not just like an energy field; does not just possess an energy field:
It an energy field. Homeopathic remedies are diluted in water
ordinary water is one of the most mysterious substances on this earth.
It has the unique ability to take on the vibrational characteristics of
whatever it is exposed to. This has been proven experimentally in the
work of Drs. Jacques Benveniste and Masaru Emoto. To quote an article
on Dr. Benveniste in the Encyclopedia Britannica (2006):
brilliant career was diminished in later years by his controversial
ideas on homeopathy, a form of alternative medical treatment based on
the belief that a substance that causes certain symptoms can relieve
those symptoms when administered in doses minute enough to stimulate
the immune system but not to produce side effects. His hypothesis
(published in the journal Nature
in 1988) was that dissolved in water, a substance acts like a template,
altering the electromagnetic properties of the water. In subsequent
dilutions these properties would be transferred to newly added water,
the water would thus retain a 'memory' of the substance dissolved in
the initial solution."
There is a compelling portrayal of Dr. Emoto's work in the film What the Bleep Do We Know?.
The human body is composed or roughly 70% water. The implications of
this information are quite thought provoking.
I know that this does not clearly answer the question as to how
homeopathic remedies work. The above information simply mirrors my own
thoughts on the subject. I have been a Recognized Practitioner with the
Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario since 1997 and I view TT and
homeopathy in the same light. Homeopathy and TT are not really the
active agents in a healing. They both are more like sparks that rally
and ignite a patient's own vital energy to initiate a deep curative
response. Vibrational medicine is safe, gentle and effective, and when
it kicks in it is a beautiful thing to behold.
Homeopathy and Modern
do not subscribe to the view that homeopathy is an
alternative to modern medicine. It is complimentary to modern medicine
rather than some new-age alternative. "It is now an accepted form of
medicine in many European and Latin American countries, the UK, and
India" (CSH). The primary health care for the British Royal Family is
homeopathy and the Queen's Physician is a homeopath.
Our health care system excels at certain things. What can now be
routinely accomplished in the area of trauma, for example, is nothing
short of miraculous. If I am lying on the highway after being hit by a
car, I do not want to see the local homeopath running up to me with his
case of remedies. I want the paramedics and a quick transit to the ER.
Once the doctors have put me back together, however, remedies
Arnica, Symphytum, Calendula, etc., can also effect results that seem
miraculous in accelerating healing tremendously and in minimizing or
eliminating the need for powerful pain-killing drugs. Other remedies
will alleviate the emotional shock and grief that are the sequelae of
There is some acrimony between homeopathy and allopathy (i.e., modern
medicine). Some medical-care practitioners identify themselves with one
camp or the other and waste their potential and energy on empty
disputations. Many of these people seem to feel that they must
undermine other forms of medicine in order to promote their own. The
suffering patient, sadly, is sometimes forgotten in this theoretical
I would like to take this opportunity to share a story about a
personal hospital experience. About 20 years ago my father and I were
cutting some fence stakes when his hand was drawn into a running bench
saw blade. The hand was badly mangled and the question was could the
entire hand be saved and how many fingers could be saved. Could the
thumb be saved? This was in the early evening and the specialist on
call was Dr. Fultz. She talked to him, which had a calming effect, and
then did a nice job putting as much of his hand back together as
possible. Later my father told us that, after the surgery, she had sat
and talked with him into the early hours of the morning. He worked with
his hands, and the thought of losing the function of one of them was
devastating. I remember this doctor as a rather rotund, no-nonsense
type, with a straightforward and kindly manner. She understood that his
emotional state was an important element in his recovery. She must have
had a full day ahead of her but she did not prescribe drugs to knock my
father out -- she stayed and chatted with him. I did not realize at the
time how profound an effect the example set by this woman was to have
on me. I heard later that she had left the Moncton Hospital to practice
elsewhere. So where ever you are Dr. Fultz, God bless you.
So, would I presume to be an alternative to such a doctor? It would be
an honor to collaborate with a person with such high professional
"The physician who is the most successful is he who will first heal for
the love of healing; who will practice first for the purpose of
verifying his knowledge and performing his use for the love of it"
(James Tyler Kent, 1849-1916, MD and Homeopath).