Wholistic healers, or vitalists, consider the entire body as a group of interrelated, interdependent systems. No single part exists or can be treated in isolation. The whole thing is greater than the sum of its parts. Diseases are seen as general conditions that have localized, after a slow, gradual process, perhaps years of neglect. Vitalists seek to encourage the body’s innate life forces by common sense means – pure air, pure water, pure food, functioning nervous system, clean blood.
The holistic outlook realizes that after centuries of dissecting and treating and theorizing, what we actually know about the body’s innermost workings is only rudimentary, at best. This may account for the abysmal failure of drug therapy for degenerative conditions, which comprise 80% of all disease – arthritis, hypertension, cancer, chronic fatigue, colitis, on and on.
Nobel laureate Alexis Carrel puts it this way: “There are diseases of the stomach, of the heart, of the nervous system, etc., but in illness the body preserves the same unity as in health. It is sick as a whole. No disturbance remains strictly confined to a single organ. Physicians have been led to consider each disease as a specialty by the old anatomical conception of the human being. Only those who know man both in his parts and in his entirety are capable of understanding him when he is sick.”
“The specific disease doctrine is the grand refuge of weak, uncultured, unstable minds, such as now rule in the medical profession. There are no specific diseases; there are specific disease conditions.” – Florence Nightingale, 1860
Homeopathy is a field of medicine based on the law of similars. This is in stark contrast to allopathy, (conventional) medicine, which is based on the law of opposites.
For instance, if you have pain, a conventional western doctor will give you pain killers. which can mask your pain, but they don’t do anything to deal with it. Do you see how that is the opposite?
You go to the doctor with pain, and she gives you drugs that prevent you from feeling the pain. In conventional medicine, it does not matter how you get to the opposite. If you go in with pain and leave not feeling pain, the job has been accomplished. The opposite of pain is no pain. How are you going to argue with that?
If, however, you go to a homeopathic doctor, she is going to give you a natural remedy that is actually going to address the cause of the pain and start to deal with it organically. You may still have the pain for a while, because your body needs to be healed.
The purpose of pain is to alert you to a problem that needs to be addressed. Homeopathic remedies do exactly that, but they can take time. Regular medicine (allopathy) focuses on reducing symptoms, while homeopathy deals with causes.