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Vera Resnick-Weisz, DHom Med (Lic), IHM. Classical Homoeopathy. Local and online homoeopathic treatment available

How does homoeopathy work? about short answers and long ones

The founder of homoeopathy, or more accurately, the person who discovered how to implement an ancient principle of cure involving use of substances like arsenic without killing anyone, was a very honest man, painfully so. He was charming and cantankerous – those who loved him did so with a passion, but he had no patience for those who did not “get it”.

So his answer to the question “how does homoeopathy work” is one of my favourite quotes from all his writings. I don’t know how it works, quoth the famous man, and I don’t expect anyone else to understand it either, “but I believe more in experience than in my intelligence.” That’s Samuel Hahnemann for you. He had seen it work, over and over again. That was the first most important fact. When you see a method repeatedly cure diseases such as cholera, typhoid, scarlet fever, which is what Hahnemann and his colleagues were using homoeopathy to treat at the time – something interesting is happening. That’s when you start wondering why, and developing a theory. This is the optimal way for understanding – observing events, developing theories to explain them, and then testing the theories through management of events.

Why am I telling you this? Because people often ask me – what is homoeopathy? How does it work? Although not as cantankerous as the founder, I tend towards honesty. Not least because I’m a lousy liar. When people ask me a question, my answer will usually be direct – and far, far, too detailed. As I’m explaining the principle of cure, the experiments, the discoveries, the theories, the process – I can see my interlocutor’s eyes glazing over, and I can see the question going through his mind – why! Why did I ask!

Very often, the question people ask is not actually the one they want the answer to. Think about questions like “do I look fat in that” and you’ll see what I mean. So many of the questions we ask are cloaking what’s really bothering us. When we ask a dentist – what are you going to do? We really want to know – do you know what you’re doing? will it hurt? How much? Will my insurance cover it? When we ask at the garage what needs to be done to fix the car – we really want to know how much it will cost, how long the repairs will take. And the question of questions – “do you love me?” – contains so much subtext, so many sub-questions, the list is never ending: will you stay with me, will you be with me only, will you care for me if I’m sick, will you love me if I’m no longer pretty, will you be my lifelong friend, or for some, simply, will you come over tonight.

So returning to our more mundane moutons, when people ask me what homoeopathy is, and how does it work, what are they really asking me? And why? Most people won’t let anyone meddle with their physical and emotional health without asking some questions, what the treatment is and how does it work. But when was the last time you got a clear explanation of how statins operate in your body, the pros and cons of statins, a full overview of the cholesterol issue, its risks and benefits?  And is that explanation what you really wanted?

Let’s move this issue into a less sensitive arena – car repairs. When your mechanic informs you that the carburetor’s gone, that the injector nozzle needs cleaning and that the computer-controlled widget has packed up – do you feel you need to understand exactly what is happening? And when you finally drive your repaired car out of the garage, do you feel you need to understand everything about how your car works in order to drive it to your destination?

And this is without going into the completely convoluted area of computers, now a main work tool for so many people, and sadly no longer the kind of tool that works better after a well-aimed kick. Most of us don’t want the full course in computer science, and we certainly don’t want to know about all the coding that went into the software we need to do our jobs properly.

What we do need to know, urgently, is how to use it. Slightly less urgently, we need to know what it can do for us, all its possibilities and functions. But even that – less. We need to know that the person who coded it knew what he was doing, we need to know it was installed properly, and we need to know there’s a help desk, a manual, something to help us learn how to use it.

Our body-minds are extremely complex. Despite the impression we get sometimes, modern medical science is far from knowing all there is to know about our organisms, about how the body functions, about the way the brain works, and especially how the mind is represented in the body, is part of the body. Homoeopathy taps into a known mechanism for cure which exists in the body.

But in order to get your car fixed, do you need to understand everything about cars?
To use your CAD- CAM software do you need to know exactly how it was coded?
Do you go to the mechanic who will teach you all about cars – or do you go to the one who will fix your car reliably, at reasonable cost? Do you go to the dentist who will teach you dentistry – or to the one you trust to give you the best treatment, with minimum pain?

Trust is the key word here – we go to the people we trust know what they have to know, so we don’t have to learn it all. We want to trust them so we can use the end product with confidence and safety.

But how does this help me with my own dilemma? I try – but so far haven’t managed to weed out the men from the boys, so to speak:

Questioner: Vera, please tell me, what is it you do? What’s homoeopathy?
Me: Homoeopathy is a method which uses very small doses of medicines to cure based on the principle of similars. (one of my one-sentence answers). Do you want the full explanation?
Questioner: (Does she think I’m stupid? that I won’t understand?) Yes, of course I do…

Now though I say it myself, I’m pretty good at explaining homoeopathy. I teach the subject and love talking about what I do. I can go on, and on, and on…. But this isn’t what they were looking for. It doesn’t answer their real question, the question lurking in the background… And as their eyes glaze over, I think to myself – another one bites the dust…

Sometimes people who have some kind of physical or emotional problem but haven’t yet chosen homoeopathic treatment ask me what I do, or how does homoeopathy work – but that’s not their real question. They are asking – can you help me? And can I trust you? Those are the real questions, and the history, philosophy and application of homoeopathy is not at all what they’re looking for.

And those who ask me in a more general setting, whether networking or a dinner table conversation, are either just being polite, in which the one-sentence answer is enough and they don’t ask further, or they really want to know if I can help them or people they know, and they ask me specific questions, have I worked with migraines, or memory issues, or chronic ear infections. (I have).

So I’ve given the short version of how homoeopathy works in this article.  If you want the longer version – be in touch!  Let me know – it may be enough to push me into writing the online introductory course I’ve been planning for the last few years!  Feel free to contact me on

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