Homeopathy works on the principle of ‘like cures like.’ It is a method of treating a disease with substances causing similar signs and symptoms in a healthy person. Before Hahnemann’s time, this system was commonly practiced outside the established system of conventional medicine. However, the treatment offered was limited and not on the same line as homeopathy. For example, Veratrum Album, was given in diluted tinctures to relieve cholera. In fact, this medicine was known for causing violent purging if administered in large doses.
Hahnemann had experimented on so many drugs and was surprised to learn that not only they cause a certain disease, yet at the same time they cured that particular disease when administered in diluted form. During this process of deep thought and experimentation, Hahnemann discovered the fantastic defence system of the human body. He pointed out that the human body is equipped with a natural defence system against any foreign attack. Anything foreign to the body, be it a constituent of food, drug or poison, provokes the body to react against it. External abuse of the body is quickly overcome by the body’s defence system. During continuous experimentation and observation, he suggested that if in the past, some disease had been overlooked and not reacted to by the body, then the introduction of a similar symptoms-producing substance in extremely diluted form would induce defensive bodily reaction to eliminate the disease.
Therefore, in principle, homeopathy is a method of treating an illness caused by an injurious substance with the same or similar substance given in extremely diluted form. It is essential that the similar or ‘like’ substance be diluted to the extent that it causes no harm. And against that very minute and diluted substance, the body reacts and recognises it. Most of the time, the dilution of homeopathic remedies is such that the original substance is virtually absent. It only exists in a non-physical form. The more the dilution, the more potently it works. The potency of homeopathic remedies increases with serial dilutions. This is in contrast to the quantitative summation of conventional medicines.
Surprisingly, the minutest dilutions are perceived by the human body, which in turn reacts with all the necessary defence mechanisms to eliminate the disease. This could not have happened without the existence of God. If God had not equipped the body to perceive the otherwise undetectable amount of substance and prepare the body for natural defence, no homeopathic medicine would have worked beyond the potency 30. However, continuous observation compels us to believe that homeopathic remedies work in very high potencies. This system is so delicate that one must come to the belief of the existence of the soul. The homeopathic medicines in serial logarithmic dilutions contain no atom of the original substance, yet they profoundly work.
The opponents of homeopathy cannot even begin to explain the true nature of allergy. For example, it has been recorded that it’s not just pollen counts or cold weather that can trigger an asthma attack, but a slight change in temperature and humidity. Patients are well aware that weather fluctuations can influence their asthma symptoms. An increase in temperature can trigger an asthma attack. Due to these sudden weather changes, signs and symptoms of asthma begin to manifest in extremely allergic patients long before science, despite all its sophistication, can perceive these changes. Even certain animals are to known to express violent noises before a change in weather becomes noticed.
The soul perceives the diluted homeopathic medicine and creates an impression on the body. Just a message is delivered. And against that very minute and diluted message, the body reacts and recognises the message. Homeopathic medicines are administered in such minute amounts that there is no chance of adverse or side effects on the body. It is the soul, the real delicate entity, which is able to perceive the minute presence of homeopathic medicines otherwise undetectable.