Parth is a one-year-old boy born with a rare brain defect. Diagnosed with a condition called polymicrogyria, he suffered from recurrent seizures, paralysis of the muscles and an underdeveloped intellect. He could not swallow food, let alone talk or learn. Since this medical condition has no cure in allopathy, the worried parents resorted to homeopathy. After almost a year of homeopathic treatment, little Parth started doing better. According to his Jaipur-based homeopath Dr TP Yadav, his reports now seem normal with no trace of muscular paralysis.
In yet another scenario, octogenarian T S Radhakrishnan was hale and healthy until one day when he suffered from acute kidney failure. He collapsed suddenly, losing appetite, gasping for breath, with his entire body bloating up like a balloon. To make things worse, he did not respond well to western medicine. With nothing left to lose, his family members decided to give the old man one last fighting chance through homeopathy. Two years later, Radhakrishnan who was on the brink of death is now well and alive, says his homeopath Dr Vijay Shanthini.
The above stories belong to the world around us. And we hear many such stories where homeopathy has given a new lease of life to countless people suffering from difficult diseases. But ironically, there remains scepticism around this 18th century modality of alternative medicine. Despite curing numerous individuals, this system of medicine hasn’t yet been recognised by medical science. But whether homeopathy is backed by science or not, it has breathed hope into the lives of millions. Soulveda decided to explore this much-talked about alternative system of medicine.
Let’s begin with the philosophy of homeopathy: German physician Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy, believed that the nature of life is not limited to cells, tissues and organs of the body alone. He instead believed in an intelligence (which he called the Dynamic Principle or Vital Force) that enlivens and animates the body. When this vital force is in a state of balance, our mind and body are in harmony and we experience good health. On the other hand, when this vital force is deranged, the mind-body harmony too is upset, and diseases manifest. According to him, a disease is not something which resides in the physical plane of the body. It manifests because of a disturbed vital force. And so, Hahnemann came up with a treatment plan called homeopathy which treats not the disease, but the whole individual—his body, mind and spirit (energy). He analysed his patient’s susceptibility, temperament, constitution (alongside the patient’s medical history, age, gender) before prescribing medication.
This philosophy introduced by Hahnemann further paved way for a few other emerging principles of homeopathy. For instance, the Law of Simplex states that no matter how many symptoms a patient may suffer from, only one remedy is to be given. According to Dr Vijay Shanthini, only one remedy is given to the patient because homeopathy strives to address all symptoms in one by getting to the root cause of the problem—an imbalanced vital force. To discover the cause of this imbalance, several questions are posed to assess not only the physical symptoms but also the mental state of the patient.