Principles of Homeopathy
Law of Similia
Law of Simplex
Law of Minimum
Doctrine of Drug Proving
Theory of Chronic Disease
Theory of Vital Force
Doctrine of Drug-Dynamisation
These fundamental principles of Homeopathy are elaborated in the following sections.
Law of Similia – wherein a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used to cure the same symptoms in a” sick” person.
Law of Simplex – Hahnemann in aphorisms 272-274 of ‘ Organon of Medicine’ states that only one single, simple medicinal substance is to be administered in a given case of time. If more than one drug is given in one prescription the possibility of synergistic action cannot be ruled out, but it cannot be argued that the effect will be the sum total of the effects of the separate drugs. The ingredient drugs may even result in interactions that may have adverse effects in the body. This mixture of two or more homoepathic medicines is not right Homeopathy – rather Mixopathy.
Law of Minimum -The suitableness of a medicine for any given case does not depend on its accurate homeopathic selection alone, but likewise on the proper size of dose too. Under this principle we give medicine to the patients in very minute doses.The quantity is minimum, yet appropriate, for a gentle remedial effect- enough to trigger the cure …
This concept of minimum dose lead to the discovery of a practical process called Potentisation/Drug Dynamization—Homeopathic dynamisation is a process by which the medicinal properties which are latent in natural substances while in their crude state, become awakened and the harmful effects taken out.
Theory of Chronic Diseases—MIASMS
A lot has been spoken about miasms— Dr. Hahnemann in his ‘Theory of Chronic cases’ … has mentioned that in spite of best homeopathic treatment some cases would return with a recurrence of symptoms at intervals. This failure led him to investigate thoroughly a large number of chronic cases and after 12 years of observations he reached the conclusion that the chronic diseases are caused by MIASMS—namely PSORA ,SYCOSIS AND SYPHILLIS.
A lot has been talked on each and even ridiculed…but with the guidance of Dr.Praful Vijaykar and his scientific studies, we can now understand MIASMS in a better way.
Miasms are nothing but an extension of these 3 functions, but functioning in a disturbed manner!!
Thus we can see that there is god in every cell:
G: Generation—–Excess—–When disturbed —– >Sycosis.
O: Organization—-Deficiency—–When disturbed —–>Psora.
D: Defense—–Destruction—–When disturbed ——>Syphilis.
Thus on the sound basis of physiology also it can be seen that there are only three basic miasms or in scientific terms dysfunctions possible.
If we understand this basic concept then it is easy to understand miasms and hence the disease behaviour and ‘Direction of Cure’!!
Importance of miasmatic consideration in a diseased person and in medicines is very important to arrive at the Simillimum, which he calls the ‘Genetic Constitutional Simillimum’ .
Law of Drug Proving:
In Homeopathy we prescribe only those medicines whose medicinal properties are known through ‘drug proving’. Drug proving is a systematic investigation of pathogenic (disease-producing ) power of medicine on healthy human being of different ages, both sexes and of various constitutions. These recordings of drug proving give the only reliable knowledge of medicines which is very essential to cure disease homeopathically. Different medicines must be proved thoroughly in order to obtain full details of their curative properties.
Theory of Vital force:
In the healthy condition, it is the vital force i.e our “IMMUNITY”/resistance’ in simple terms which maintains normal functions and sensations of the organism. But when the vital force is primarily dynamically deranged , it causes abnormal sensations and functions which are manifested outwardly through the material body as abnormal signs and symptoms, the totality of which constitutes the disease.
Again if a cure is to be established it is the vital force that must arouse itself or be abided to arise for the recovery. If the vital force is too debilitated and exhausted then no medicinal aid is of help.