7 Cardinal Principles of Homeopathy
1.Similia Similibus Curentur:
Homeopathy is a field of medicine based on the law of similar.
According to this law, medicine should have the capacity to produce similar symptoms of the disease that is to be cured in a healthy person. By scientific thinking and using his keen sense of observation, Dr. Hahnemann applied this law to medicine and discovered Homeopathy.
2.Law of Simplex or Single Remedies:
The law of simplex or single remedies is the second Cardinal principle of Homeopathy and states that only one, single medicine should be prescribed to a patient at one point of time.
This is because multiple remedies produce synergistic action in patients making it difficult for further prescribing.
3.Law of Minimum Dose:
Minimum dose is that which is just enough to produce a reaction in the patient. The law has advantages like avoiding undue reaction, no risk of side-effects and the toxic effect on the patient is very low.
4.Doctrine of Drug Proving:
The systematic investigation of the pathogenic powers of a drug or medicine on healthy human beings of various ages, both sexes, under different climatic conditions, at all times in all potencies is known as Drug Proving.
5.Doctrine of Chronic Diseases:
After practicing Homeopathy for 12 years, Dr. Hahnemann observed that some patients, in spite of being prescribed correct medicines complained of no relief, partial relief, mixed pattern of relief and even recurrence of symptoms. After further studies of the symptoms and diseases, he established the Doctrine of Chronic diseases and further proposed that the reasons for the symptoms and disease were certain ‘polluting factors’.
6.Doctrine of Vital Force:
The presence of an invisible power or vital force present in all human being is advocated by Homeopathy. A person becomes sick or diseased when this force gets disturbed due to various causes. Homeopathy thus states the importance of mind + body + spirit in medicine.
7.Doctrine of Drug Dynamization:
Also known as doctrine of drug potentization. Found only in Homeopathy, potentization is the process of awakening and developing into activity the inherent remedial properties in drug substances.
This process motivates dormant crude medicinal powers to exercise their cure on the deranged vital force.
Potentization renders effective the inert, dull substances and converts them into effective medicines.
The toxicity of poisonous substances is removed.
So, when the principles are combined with science and art, cure is perpetual.