-by Catherine Carter
Most major news outlets have medical and health reporters, however only one view of health is promoted. Different approaches are not even mentioned or if mentioned at all are usually presented in a negative slant. This glossary allows you to gain some familiarity with a few concepts used in homeopathy.
Allopathy – [from Greek allos,other, different + pathos, disease, suffering]. – the treatment of disease using medicines and other methods which produce symptoms different from those of the disease being treated.
Attenuation – to weaken or dilute, a reference to potency.
Constitution – the physical makeup of the body, including the mode of performance of its functions, the activity of its metabolic processes, the manner and degree of its reactions t stimuli and its power of resistance to the attack of disease-causing organism.
Disease – a lack of ease. Hahnemann states that disease is a derangement of the vital force. There is a psychic and energetic aspect to disease.
Dynamic – Of the nature of some immaterial, super-sensible influence. Of or relating to energy, force or power.
Dynamis – Hahnemann uses this term to refer to the life force or life principle. Called the Vital Force in Homeopathy; known as Chi or Qi in Asian healing arts. Also known as Prana (Indian) or Ra (ancient Egyptian).
Homeopathy – Is a natural, therapeutic system of medicine which was developed over 200 years ago by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. It is based on the Law of Similars. This homeopathic principle is based on treating an illness with a substance that produces, in a healthy person, similar symptoms as those experienced by the sick person. It uses infinitesimally small doses.
Homeopathic remedies come from varied sources such as plants, animals and minerals. The goal is to arouse the healing potential of the body. Homeopathy is widely practiced throughout Europe, India, South America, Mexico and other countries.
Potency – A reference to the number/letter listed on a remedy which indicates its strength. The centesimal scale is represented by the C, the decimal scale is represented by the letter X. There are other designations used to indicate the strength of a remedy.
Remedy – Something that relieves pain, cures, disease or corrects a disorder. That which corrects a fault, an evil or an error.
Rubric – A name for a class or category. The rubric is a listing of a symptom and in the repertory is followed by a list of remedies that have been shown to produce this symptom in the healthy person or relieve this symptom in the ill.
Susceptibility – sensitivity to outside influences, also one’s sensitivity to disease “agents”.
Symptom – the language the body uses to communicate inner processes of disease and imbalances. They can be subjective and objective. A sign or symptom is that which is perceptible in “disease”. Homeopathy has developed the art of classifying and understanding symptoms to a high degree.
Vital Force – the (unseen) energy of the life force.