Does it work or does it not work? Is it really only possible to approach the decision between homeopathy and conventional medicine with "either ... or ..."? Dr. Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy, would certainly have had a lot to say about this discussion. Finally, the all-round scientist, who was born on April 10, 1755, was known as a critical researcher and attentive observer. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann was, like many scholars of his time, a highly educated and curious person. He studies pharmacy and medicine and was unwilling to believe everything he read.
The birth of homeopathy
This attitude eventually led to the discovery of the principle of homeopathy: Treating something similar. Because he did not want to believe the reports in a pharmacist magazine, Cinchona help against malaria, took Hahnemann for self-experiment and took a few grams of cinchona to himself. Just a few hours later, the physician developed typical malaria symptoms such as fever attacks with chills, headaches and sweating.
After many further experiments on the sick and healthy, Samuel Hahnemann formulated his treatment principle in 1796. The term "homeopathy" attacks him: "homoion" is the Greek word for "similar", "pathos" stands for "suffering".
Three guiding principles of homeopathy
The first principle of homeopathy - the similarity principle already mentioned - is based on the recognition that a substance that causes certain symptoms of illness in a healthy person can cure a sick person who suffers from similar symptoms. For example, those who suffer from insomnia and palpitations can be helped with a homeopathic coffee infusion. If you have a fever, you can get a remedy that raises body temperature in healthy people.
Homeopathy works with natural products - today around 2500 homoeopathic medicines are obtained mainly from plant, mineral and animal substances. Many natural basic substances, such as iron or belladonna, which are used in homeopathy, are initially highly toxic. Therefore, they are diluted.
Hahnemann found that the healing power increased. Only recently have Korean scientists managed to find the reason. The scientists discovered that the dissolved molecules do not distribute themselves in the solvent as previously assumed, but rather clump together and form larger components. The larger the dilution, the larger the lumps became. Hahnemann's approach, which he called "potentiation", also led to the third guiding principle being a highly individual treatment of the patient.
The individual principle helps to find the right drug in the right dosage for each patient. That requires time and attention. Consequently, a first examination with a non-medical practitioner or doctor with additional homeopathic training may take two to three hours.
Openness required in the treatment
In order to be able to prescribe the right remedy in the right dosage, the treating homeopath must work intensively with his patient. Conversely, the patient must be willing to face his complaints and illness. This includes observing one's own way of life, "listening" to the body, which helps the homeopath, for example, to better differentiate a chronic cough.
Does the cough only occur at night? After certain meals or activities? Is he associated with certain feelings or behaviors? When the first patient history comes on the table - on so much openness and navel show you have to get involved if you want to perform a homoeopathic treatment successfully.
D6 or C4?
Thus, no coordinates for "sink ships", but dilution factors of homeopathic means are called. The production of homeopathic remedies is an art in itself, the dilution rules have driven many a homeopath apprentice to despair.
In this process, pressed juice from fresh plants is mixed 1: 1 with alcohol or else dried plant parts are put into alcohol for ten days and then filtered off. This is necessary to extract the active ingredients from the plant cells. Solid substances such as high-grade limestone or gold are rubbed for one hour with just as much lactose in a mortar and the resulting substances are then diluted in alcohol, water or lactose.
The individual letters in the different powers, ie D6 or C4 stand for the different dilutions:
- at "D" is diluted 1:10
- at "C" is diluted in the ratio 1: 100
- with "LM" or "Q" is diluted in the ratio 1: 50, 000
The number behind the letter indicates how often it has been diluted. If C4 is used, this means: 1 ml of mother tincture is added to 99 ml of alcohol and mixed accordingly. One milliliter of this tincture is then returned to 99 ml of solution and mixed. This process is repeated a total of four times.
The solution can be applied either in the form of drops, as a tablet, suppository or ointment. The small globules, also called Globuli (lat. Globus - the ball), are actually made of lactose and get a spray coating of the tincture.
Homeopathy is a popular alternative to conventional medicine
According to recent surveys, homeopathy is the most popular alternative treatment method among patients. Homeopathic physicians have completed a medical school study and made after its completion a recognized and prescribed by the state medical associations and further education. Originally, this training took three years, meanwhile, it was shortened by the German Medical Association to one year.
However, the Central Association of Homeopathic Physicians still requires a three-year training, which may then be completed with a diploma. The term "homeopathy" is not protected. Non-medical practitioners may therefore open a "practice for homeopathy" even without specialist training. However, a good homeopath will readily provide information about his education and qualifications.
Homeopathy is often not on health insurance
The health insurance companies usually do not cover the treatment costs. Only in the context of the individual case decision may the homeopathic anamnesis (case admission) be paid by the statutory health insurance funds. Homeopathic medicines are also reimbursed only in exceptional cases by the statutory health insurance.
However, various health insurance companies carry out model projects "homeopathy". You can take the therapy costs. For serious and chronic diseases, it is worthwhile to have a conversation with the health insurance company. Private supplementary insurance usually reimburses the costs of a homeopathic treatment.