Exact medical definition of homeopath

Homeopathy… Here is a chapter of medicine on which, for more than 150 years, much has been said and written… However, a curious thing, despite or because of all that has been expressed on this subject, the homeopathy remains for many an imprecise , nebulous or still ill-defined concept …

Some mistaken beliefs about homeopathy

Homeopathy is herbal medicine:

False ! Hence the confusion still made today between homeopathy , phytotherapy , aromatherapy and gemmotherapy . This is a fundamental error of definition .

Homeopathy is the treatment of evil by evil:

False ! Lapidary but inaccurate formula; it allowed some to want to admit that it was the therapy of the organ by the organ . Homeopathy would thus become synonymous with “organotherapy”; method of treatment which postulates as a postulate that the infinitesimal dilutions of healthy animal organs are capable of treating the pathology of homonymous human organs… If this were true, what ease and what a revolution!… It is in reality only a bad game of words, but above all an untruth .

Homeopathy is therapy by microdoses:

False ! For most people, “homeopathic” is synonymous with “small amount”. It would suffice in this case to prescribe anything in infinitesimal doses to “do” homeopathy. This other error of definition has been cultivated by some to prescribe under the leadership of homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a philosophy, if not a mystical religion:

False ! It is a historical error and an insult to the memory of Hahnemann , who placed it on a purely experimental level .

What astonishing then if, after these errors, these untruths, some ignoramuses consider homeopathy as a therapy of charlatans.

Exact definition and method of application of homeopathy

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method based on the phenomenon of similarity ; it consists in giving the patient, as medicine, the substance to create in a healthy and / or sensitive individual a similar ( homeo ) suffering ( pathos ). This method therefore has 3 originalities.

First originality → Pathogenesis:

Over the past decades, some authors have successively sorted through the accumulation of symptoms. These symptoms were also found in old books on homeopathic medicine. They were able to demonstrate that in fact each pharmacodynamic substance, whether it belongs to the plant, animal or mineral kingdom, presents, depending on its toxicity, an elective tropism for this or that organ, for this or that function, for this or such fabric. They were able to specify that they have, in a way, privileged targets for action.

First of all, it is “these pathogenetic targets” that we must know. Very quickly, he will then realize that the same organ, the same function, the same tissue can be toxicologically or pharmacologically affected by several different substances. But each of these substances acts on the targets in question in a particular way, that is to say in ways which are characteristic of the substance being tested.

Secondly, it is these characteristic modalities that must also be known. Therefore, knowing on the one hand the reciprocal affinities between certain organs or physiological functions and certain pharmacodynamic substances and on the other hand the characteristic modalities of their actions, you will see the third stage of the homeopathic process appear, the one which logically deduces the therapeutic possibilities of the tested substance according to the law of similarity.

Second originality → Similar sufferings:

Understand in the expression “similar suffering”; all the changes in the way the patient feels or acts as a result of his illness; that is to say not only the pathognomonic signs of the diseases to be treated (those of classical semiology) but also the individual reaction symptoms, specific to each patient because of his disease ( those which constitute homeopathic semiology ).

It has been stressed previously that homeopathic semiology does not replace classic semiology (which leads to nosological diagnosis) but that it supplements it with particular, personal nuances, which lead to the choice of medicine. On the practical level, we must question ourselves more particularly and in a more thorough way, which will make it possible to highlight, precisely, certain particular, individual nuances, specific to the behavior of each in the disease .

Third originality → The infinitesimal dose:

The homeopathic medicine thus defined acting in the same direction as the overall reaction mode of the patient considered as a biological unit and an inseparable somato-psychic whole, it is essential to resort to infinitesimal doses . Also in practice, one should never wonder; “What are the homeopathic medicines to take in a particular nosological condition?” but rather: “What are the substances that would cause similar symptoms, both lesional and functional ?”

Homeopathy today

It was after years of experimentation that Hahnemann came to the conclusion that; “To have a prompt, gentle and lasting improvement” , it is usually necessary to use weak or infinitesimal doses of which he codified the preparation.

The homeopathic medicines , determined on we just clarify, will indeed act in the same direction as the overall reaction mode of the diseased organism organism as a biological unit somatopsychic inseparable. They must therefore be administered in a dose just sufficient to stimulate the defenses, without worsening the pathological symptoms.

Everything relating to homeopathic medicine, a specific regulator of the organism , as opposed to conventional medicine which is most often coercive or substitute, is dominated by the notion of an infinitesimal dose .


Clementine. M.
Naturopath – Aromatherapist / Herbalist – Phytotherapist
Consultant in Clinical Phyto-aromatherapy and Ethnomedicine

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