In this article you will learn:
What homeopathy is and what its main principles are
What the research has said for and against homeopathy
What my own experience has been with homeopathy
Perhaps one of the first places people’s minds go to when they hear the term, “alternative medicine,” is homeopathy. With a history of over 200 years, widely practiced in Europe and throughout the United States, homeopathy offers a unique (albeit controversial) approach to healing using principles that seem pretty counterintuitive at first. Yet there is a considerable historical context to the use of homeopathy and some promising research, not to mention that it is considerably safer than using medications.
Could it be a powerful tool in your toolbelt, or is it sham science that exploits the placebo effect?
As always, I’ll let you be the judge. In this article we are going to examine homeopathy’s 3 main principles of water memory, similars and potentization because they are at the very least intriguing premises about how the body can heal in subtle ways. We will also look at some of the supporting research as well as the opposing points. I’m going to give you my own experience using several homeopathic remedies and from there you can take it away.
Remember that within every idea there are some parts you will reject and others you will easily connect to. Find what works, know why you choose what you choose and what your specific goals are. Know how to measure your progress, whether it is objective or subjective, and never stop learning, investigating or growing.
Homeopathy Principle #1: Water Memory
Although the history of homeopathy far predates experiments and theories about the memory of water, or water structuring, certain influential works have added support to the idea that water has memory. This principle is important to get at first because it is used to justify the other two principles we’ll discuss next. Both the principle of similars (or “like cures like”) and the principle of potentization (that the more diluted a substance is the more potent it is) are strengthened by the idea that water acts as a memory bank and can convey information at a nano scale.
One prominent figure in this topic is Masaru Emamoto. Emamoto was a Japanese author who wrote a New York Times bestseller in 2004 titled, The Hidden Messages in Water. In the book, he claimed to have taken several photographs of water crystals exposed to different stimuli which altered the crystals’ shape to either beautiful and
harmonious or disfigured and chaotic. Different words like “love” or “hate”, along with toxins and other compounds all yielded a vast catalog of images and a tantalizing idea.
The visuals were impressive, and Emamoto’s claims rapidly spread the idea that water’s “memory” can be influenced easily by even the very words or emotions we have in a given moment.
As you can imagine, this idea would be groundbreaking science if