Posted on 7th October 2021

Homeopathy explained simply is not so easy. It is so easy to disappear down the proverbial rabbit hole.

Here is a picture I took in Aberdeenshire – Deeside water, which runs down from the Cairngorms is known for its clarity and purity. Crystal clear!

Homeopathy explained simply is crystal clear

Homeopathy explained simply – in practice

My first encounter with homeopathy was as a child. Our family doctor used homeopathy. I got better and didn’t think much about it…well, I was a child after all. 

That is just how it was for me.  But a seed was sown, a seed that lay dormant until a memory is stirred….

What stirred that memory was the my ignorance, now the parent, with a sick child…

My son was aged 3 or 4 at the time (he’s now the wrong side of thirty) and he’d gone down with something as kiddies do … virus probably…

Fingers crossed he’ll just get better (usually that’s so)..just wait and see.  But sometimes not…

Of the shelf comes Dr Andrew Lockie’s book The Family Guide to Homeopathy, and a little homeopathic first aid remedy kit that I had bought.

Homeopathy explained simply by the late Dr Andrew Lockie

Aconite seemed a good place to start but no change whatsoever….

Let’s switch to Belladonna (excellent for fevers in children, Lockie says)…still no change…

Actually, he’s getting worse.  Might need the doctor…it’s Saturday…hmm

Back to the book…l’ll try Gelsemium (drowsy, dull, shivery) ….

And that within a few minutes his demeanor changes….

Beginners luck – but wow I was impressed*.

(*n.b. the reaction to a remedy in an acute illness should be fast especially in children with good vitality – long standing, that is ‘chronic’ complaints take longer to resolve)

Homeopathy explained simply?

Like Deeside water my experience was crystal clear. Gelsemium worked where Aconite and Belladonna didn’t…

And, no way was my son getting better without some intervention.

In homeopathy** the picture of the remedy must match the picture of the symptoms..that is the rule. His picture was that of Gelsemium.

(**Homeo-pathy means “similar-suffering” or “like cures like” – known as the law of similars)

Zeitgeist… (spirit of the age)

Some say homeopathy is pseudo-science.

How often do your hear the phrase “The Science ..”?  But science is dynamic not a tablet of stone. There is no “The”. It’s a means to understanding; it’s never constant and ever changing.  

How about margarine or butter?…We still cannot decide (unless you sell butter or margarine)!

[Just to emphasise the point, listen to Dr Chris Knobbe ]

What’s fashionable in science (or medicine) today, may not be fashionable tomorrow.

Non-overlapping Magisteria

A notable scientist, the late Stephen Jay Gould, argued that: the role of Science was to establishing facts; the role of Religion, values. He spoke of non-overlapping magesteria.  

Put another way, science considers the physical or material world, and religion that which is immaterial or metaphysical.  

Science likes things that can be ‘measured’; it is not too keen on the metaphysical.   The scientific mind tends to bind to the physical, and some scientists can be so sceptical about the metaphysical that they reject such concept.  In their own way they keep things simple … that too is crystal clear!

But much of that which is important to us as humans is beyond the physical; is metaphysical – our emotional response to each other, to art, to nature and so on.

Guess what, homeopathy, with its potentised (ultra dilute) remedies likely straddles the metaphysical and physical worlds. Just as we human beings do.


Up to a point, it is good to be sceptical (or ‘Skeptical’ in the USA). But maybe its time to be sceptical about the “Skeptics”, expecially the more aggressive ones.

They pun there is “nothing in it” … the pharmaceutical industry agrees “there is nothing in it”.

It is quite a battle out there, I can tell you. Here is a nice blog from Scientific American

Evidence is suppressed…

Academia..fearing loss of funding…backs away from research

Governments are lobbied..

But maybe there is “something in it” after all?

You won’t have heard, but many volumes have been written on homeopathy for over two centuries. 

Including some stunning new work like that from Michel Yakir

A senior clinician once remarked to the effect that “if only five percent of what has been written on homeopathy was valid it would still be worth looking at” 

Remember the late Donald Rumsfeld words:

“..There are things we know we know. … But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know, we don’t know”.   

We may laugh but it is so true.

“In the beginning was The Word…”

Those are the opening words of The Gospel of St John.  Quite powerful, and worth reflecting on..

Though these words come from a religious text, science has for some time recognised the correlation between matter, energy and information (i.e. The Word).

Homeopathy explained simply – as information?

Homeopathy cannot be about chemistry. It is true, there is ‘nothing’ (material) in a homeopathic remedy except the sugar pill used as a carrier for the remedy).

But what about physics, especially quantum physics? The non-material remedy may be a form of energy or information. Something metaphysical; a transfer of thought. A bit like a software download; so commonplace to our generation but quite bizarre to our grand-parents and those long passed.

Recall that out bodies are two-thirds water.  

The preparation of homeopathic medicines is a process of serial dilution and agitation, termed “potentisation”. Therefore some aspect of the original material substance is transferred. But what?

The late Dr Masura Emoto, experimented with the influence of thought on water.  Here is just one picture from his website from the water at Lourdes

Prof. Jerry Pollack in the USA has discovered a fourth water phase which has potential implications

Links in the chain of the homeopathy puzzle? Maybe.

And highlighting the importance of crystal clear water


Most folk drive their cars with (increasingly) little knowledge of what is happening under the bonnet.  Your auto-engineer does, true, but cars are man made.  

Humans are neither machines, nor man made.  

Despite advances in medical science there is still much that is unknown, and if a little homeopathy keeps you ‘running smoothly’, in homeostasis (harmony), why not use it?  

There are “known knowns”….homeopathy works.

And “unknown unknowns” … we don’t know everything.

Open minded scientists will bring understanding in time.

Homeopathy explained simply!

society of Homeopaths

Disclaimer: I am a qualified professional homeopath and not a medical doctor. The NHS has many resources, and seeking the opinion of your GP is always of value.

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