The Healing Repertoire Of Homeopathy

Words: Dr Deborah OLENEV

The original idea of homeopathy, which is curing with ‘similars’ — ‘likes cure likes’ — dates back to Hippocrates in the Fourth Century BC. He believed there were two possible ways to cure people, by contraries, or similars. ‘Allopathy’ has followed the way of the contraries through the centuries, while homeopathy has championed treating with similars.

In the latter part of the Eighteenth Century, Dr Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, founded and elaborated a therapeutic science based on curing with similars. He discovered that a medicine that could produce a particular disease scenario during ‘provings’ on healthy people, would cure those same symptoms when found in the sick.

Dr Hahnemann and his colleagues tested hundreds of animal, mineral and vegetable substances on themselves to learn about their properties by this direct method. They handed their findings down to their followers, along with principles and laws on how to make the healing process rational, safe and effective. These principles are the cornerstones of homeopathy.

  • The remedy should be selected on the basis of symptom similarity
  • Only one medicinal substance should be used at a time
  • The remedy should only be repeated when the previous dose has exhausted its action, evident by a relapse of the symptoms.
  • The smallest possible dose of the medicine should be used to stimulate a vital response
  • As the patient’s health improves symptoms should travel from above downward, from more important organs to less important organs, from the inside out, and leave in the reverse order of their appearance.

Homeopathy can benefit people of all ages; it treats the full range of human disease conditions. The principles behind this marvellous therapeutic art are beautiful, because they take the gamble out of medicine and bring in law and order, safety and reliability.

Perfect World Medicine?

  • Medicine would act promptly to relieve suffering, taste sweet and dissolve in the mouth
  • Practitioners would look at all aspects of the individual to derive insights into the causes of the current illness, and the best way to treat the whole person
  • Its forté would be chronic conditions, where it would reverse the progress of the disease and restore the patient to health
  • Acute diseases would yield quickly to well-selected medicines
  • The medicine would correct functional disturbances before signs of disease have the opportunity to develop
  • The remedies would assist people with their development and spiritual growth by improving mental and emotional health.

We do not live in a perfect would, but we are lucky enough to have homeopathy, a therapeutic science with all of these qualities and more, to make the world a better place — by improving the health of the people in it.

The Homeopathic Consultation

  • The homeopath asks for a detailed description of the physical symptoms starting with when they were first noticed and what makes them better, or worse
  • They will ask about the individual’s personal history to get an understanding of what influences may have played a part in bringing about the current state of health
  • The homeopath gathers information about the health of family members and ancestors to see what genetic factors could be contributing to the health problems
  • In order to understand the mental and emotional state, the homeopath inquires about fears, anxieties, moods and dreams
  • The homeopath looks at the possibility of any obstacle to cure that need to be removed, or minimised, such as addictive behaviours, imbalances in the use of time, unhealthy mental processes, or dissatisfaction with work, or relationships
  • They will ask about food preferences, responses to the weather, energy patterns, sleep behaviour and more, in order to match the symptoms with the similar homeopathic remedy that will initiate the healing process.
  • The patient is encouraged to take an active role in the healing work by making wiser lifestyle choices, practicing meditation, and using the mind and body in healthier ways.

Homeopathy Can Treat…

Homeopathy is a comprehensive pharmaceutical science with a Materia Medica regulated by the FDA. Here is a list of the most commonly encountered illnesses treatable with classical homeopathy.

Emotional Problems 

  • Depression
  • Fears
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Shyness and lack of self-confidence
  • Grief and disappointments in love
  • Ailments from abuse
  • Suppressed anger.

Mental Symptoms 

  • Memory loss
  • Learning disabilities
  • Problems with concentration
  • Behavioural problems
  • Mental confusion
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder.


  • Skin conditions, colds, flu and other infections
  • Seasonal, environmental and food allergies
  • Musculo-skeletal problems
  • Digestive ailments
  • Pains and aches of all kinds
  • Respiratory problems
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic diseases of all types
  • Effects of trauma and surgery.

Female Disorders

  • Symptoms at menopause
  • Painful periods and PMS
  • Morning sickness of pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, among others.
Dr DEBORAH OLENEV, CCH, RSHom [NA], is a Classical Homeopath based in Mountain View, California, US. She treats people from all over the world via phone and video conferencing. Dr Olenev has had a passion for homeopathy for nearly forty years and has been in private practice since 1991. She has a vast knowledge of homeopathic Materia Medica, and integrates homeopathy with herbal medicine too. She is the owner of First Aid Cream, where she teaches about and sells homeopathic first-aid creams. She has several years of experience treating autistic children and people of all ages for all manner of health conditions.

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