The three main principles of homeopathy are:
- Similia similibus curentur, which means “like cures like.” This principle states that a substance that can cause certain symptoms in a healthy person can also be used to treat those same symptoms in a sick person. For example, if a substance causes nausea in a healthy person, it can be used to treat nausea in a sick person.
- Potentization is the process of diluting a substance and shaking it vigorously. This process is believed to increase the potency of the substance.
- Individualization, which is the practice of tailoring the treatment to the individual patient. This includes considering the patient’s physical, mental, and emotional symptoms, as well as their overall constitution.
In addition to these three principles, homeopathy also relies on the following concepts:
- The vital force: This is a term used to describe the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- The law of cure: This law states that the body will heal itself in a specific order, beginning with the most superficial symptoms and progressing to the deepest.
- The totality of symptoms: This is the belief that all of the patient’s symptoms, both physical and mental, are important to consider when choosing a homeopathic remedy.