Homeopathy is both a science and an art
Samuel Hahnemann M.D. (1755-1843), born in Meissen, Saxony,
Germany; is the founder of homeopathy.
Homeopathy is a scientific
therapeutic system (medicine) that requires matching characteristic
symptoms of the patient to the chosen homeopathic remedy
by thoroughly applying the Law of Similars - ‘similia
similibus curentur’. The important symptoms of the
patient should be collected during case taking and should
be perfectly matched with the homeopathic remedy. This process
of case taking and matching makes it both an art and a science.
What is a polychrest?
Another important principle in homeopathy is that a patient
should be given a remedy in suitable potency. The homeopathic
potency or the medicine in minimum dose ranges from 1X or
1C up to 50 millismal potency.
It goes without saying; homeopathic
medicines used on the patients are proved on human beings.
A true homeopathic Materia Medica is built-up after several
verifications on the patients and provers. This aspect of
homeopathy is called clinical provings and verification.
When the substance is proved
and verified clinically many times over, that remedy becomes
a dependable ‘polychrest’, which can then be
applied to the patient in multiple pathological states,
conditions or diseases.