Homeopathy is a therapeutic method developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician (1775-1843), which clinically applies the phenomenon of similarity and uses medicinal substances from vegetable, animal, mineral or chemical origin in weak or infinitesimal doses. In order for this definition to be understood it is necessary to explain what the phenomenon of similarity is.
The phenomenon of similarity
It is the parallelism (similarity) of action between the toxicological properties of a substance and its therapeutic potential, for example the cantharis (from a beetle??) poison causes cystitis or hematuria (blood in urine): the same cantharis is used in small doses to treat urinary tract infections.
If a bee stings a healthy person, suddenly a red itchy burning swollen area appears where they were stung. Instinctively the person who has been stung uses a cold application to try to relieve the pain. If we have a patient who has an eruption of a swollen burning rash with shooting pain and burning that improves with cold applications but by different causes (sun burn or hives originating from food) and we give bee venom (Apis mollifica) in infinitesimal doses, the symptoms improve and disappear.
The homeopathic diagnosis is not only based on the illness, but also on the combination of changes in the way the patient feels or acts due to his illness.
Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that involves giving the sick individual, in small or infinitesimal doses, the substance that administered to a healthy individual, causes symptoms similar to those of the sick person.
What are modalities in homeopathy?
Most illnesses or diseases get better or worse for different reasons. These factors can be anything such as climate, a specific posture, a particular condition or situation, specific time of day, food etc. These influencing factors are known as modalities. For one person a backache might be worse in the morning, for another person it is more painful while at rest, and yet another person may feel more pain while moving around. For some people with Asthma their condition is worse in the rainy season and for others in the dry season. These are just two examples, but other ailments have their own modalities. In many healing systems modalities aren´t given much attention, they are sometimes considered psychological and ignored. In Homeopathy these modalities play a very important role. When choosing the best homeopathic medicine, creating the treatment plan and advising diet changes, such modalities are always given due importance. A true homeopath will never ignore these modalities because doing so would hinder the healing process. When you begin your homeopathic treatment, be sure to always mention how you feel. Tell your homeopath what makes your problem better or worse. If you’re unsure if a modality is relevant, tell your homeopath and let him decide. In some cases the modalities alone may dictate the medicine choice.