PsycologyHomeopathy_600_400Hahnemann’s name is not referred to in texts on the history of psychology nor is his name recognized in psychology today. And yet, even before Hahnemann developed the Homeopathic science, he made important contributions to mental health care. In the late 1700s insanity was considered the possession of demons. The insane were regarded as wild animals, and treatment was primarily punishment. Hahnemann was one of the few physicians who perceived mental illness as a disease that required humane treatment. He opposed the practice of chaining mental patients, granted respect to them, and recommended simple rest and relaxation. Although this type of care may seem obviously important, it was revolutionary at its time.
Historians and psychiatrists today recognize that in the past the treatment of the insane was often barbaric. These experts are not just recalling the past of the 1700s or 1800s; mental health care of just several decades ago was filled with abuses. The mentally ill were injected with malaria in hopes that the fever would burn out their insanity. Insulin was given to schizophrenics, even though it seemed to diminish symptoms only when given in very high, sometimes lethal, doses. In the 1950s and estimated 40,000 to 50,000 pre-frontal lobotomies were performed (in this operation the frontal lobe of the brain is incised, usually leaving the patient in a zombie-like state). Neuroleptic drugs, such as Thorazine (chlorprozine), Haldol (haloperidol), and Prolexine. A (flufenazine) were and are frequently given to psychotic patients. All of these drugs are very harmful to the patients causing long term harm.
Although treatment for the mentally ill has progressed in the last decades, it is still hard not to think that perhaps some of the psychiatric care offered today will be considered barbaric in the distant or even near future.
Mental illness is certainly one of the major health problems today. The National Institute of Mental Health estimated in 1984 that one in every five Americans has a mental disorder. This same study revealed that during a six-month period 8.3% of Americans suffered from an anxiety disorder (including phobias), 6.4% had a substance abuse problem (abusing alcohol or drugs), and 6% had an affective disorder (disorders of mood).
For a long time psychiatrists and psychologists had great difficulty in defining what constituted mental illness and what differentiated one type of illness from another. In 1980 the American Psychiatric Association published the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders–Third Edition (DSM-III). This text has become the official guide to defining mental disease categories. Although DSM-III presents the most exacting information presently available on mental illness, Dr. Jerrold Maxmen, a Columbia University psychiatrist, has noted that “DSM-III shows how little psychiatrists actually know about mental disorders…. Because solid data doesn’t exist for so many of these topics (diseases), DSM-III spotlights the enormous gaps in factual information about mental disorders.”
Despite the advances in the ability of psychiatrists and psychologists to diagnose mental illness, it is not always clear that such diagnoses give us greater understanding of psychological disorders nor does it necessarily teach us how to cure them. The German philosopher Immanuel Kant reminded us of the limitations of diagnosis when he said, “Physicians think they are doing something for you by labeling what you have as a disease.”
During the past century mental health professionals have debated the nature of mental illness. They have asked: to what degree is mental illness biological or organic and to what degree is it psychosocial? Until recently, most psychiatrists took one side or another on this issue. There is consensus among psychiatrists today that, generally speaking, biological factors primarily determine the type of symptoms of disorder that a person experiences (e.g. delusions, insomnia), while psychosocial factors are primarily responsible for the content and meaning of these symptoms.
Psychiatrists tend to utilize medications to deal with the biological aspects of psychological problems and psychological therapies to treat the psychosocial condition. Their determination of what drug to use is based on their understanding of brain function. Nerve cells transmit messages by sending electrical impulses and chemicals called neurotransmitters to one other. This action triggers other nerve cells to fire messages or to inhibit this firing, depending on the frequency and intensity of the message transmitted and the sensitivity of the nerve cell’s receptors. Psychiatric medications are chosen to influence these mechanisms. Despite the simplicity of these explanations for why psychiatric medications are prescribed, nature is not always as one-dimensional as our explanations of it. Neurotransmitters not only affect nerve function but also directly influence hormones. By intervening in the delicate balance of brain chemistry, drugs cause significant physiological disruption.
There are 10 trillion nerve cells in the brain that govern sensing, thinking, and feeling. Despite the varying functions of different groups of nerve cells, their interdependent and synergistic nature creates a highly complex working whole which is literally impossible to comprehend fully. Predictably, psychiatrists have had limited success trying to alter certain improperly functioning parts without directly disturbing brain chemistry and physiological processes.
Author Lyall Watson noted, “If the brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn’t understand it.” And acknowledging the complexity of the brain and of human behaviour, Albert Einstein once said, “How difficult it is! How much more difficult psychology is than physics.”
Despite the fact that psychiatric drugs often have serious side effects, especially when given over long periods of time, and the additional fact that they do not actually cure mental illness, these drugs still serve an important function. Since approximately 15% of people with severe depression commit suicide , methods to alleviate depression and thereby reduce the chances of suicide are certainly needed. If, however, there are alternatives to them, it is certainly prudent to consider them. Dr. Charles Frederick Menninger reminds us, “It is imperative that we exhaust the Homeopathic healing art before resorting to any other mode of treatment, if we wish to accomplish the greatest success possible.”

To understand Psychology better following is the definition of the word. ‘Psychology – is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context’. The different disciplines of psychology are extremely wide-ranging.
They include:
• Clinical psychology
• Cognitive psychology: memory
• Cognitive psychology: intelligence
• Developmental psychology
• Evolutionary psychology
• Forensic psychology
• Health psychology
• Neuropsychology
• Occupational psychology
• Social psychology
As you can clearly see although the premise of the science of Psychology is solid and based on understanding of the human mind it is still divided and sub divided as if a person could be sorted into different sub categories. A human being is a ‘whole’ and should be treated as a ‘whole’. Any attempt at typifying or classification of humans fails as each of us is and always will be different from each other.
Homeopathy on the other hand is the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease. Homeopathy is a holistic system of healing. Homeopathy treats the whole person and does not differentiate between the mind and the body. It views the many symptoms of illness as messages about the disease process and translates these various messages into a single, organizing theme. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on this individual theme. A remedy stimulates the individual’s own innate healing powers into action and strives to restore balance and well-being.
Founded upon the principle “like cures like” by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in the early 19th century, homeopathy works to promote optimal health for the entire individual on all levels: physically, mentally and emotionally. Homeopathy is essentially an energy medicine. Based upon the premise that all disease is the result of some derangement or weakness of our vital force, which by its very existence is energy itself and not substance. Therefore, the only way to bring about a true and lasting cure for our maladies is to introduce a remedy into our organism, which exists on the identical plane and contains those same properties as that vital force which has become compromised.
Embracing those very same principles of nature and of natural healing found in other ancient therapeutics, Homeopathy seeks to re-establish both balance and harmony to an individual’s health through the administration of specifically designed remedies. The source of these remedies are derived from all naturally occurring substances. Through scientifically formulated methods, the preparation of these remedies are designed to ensure that they will resonate and stimulate the core of the weakened life force thus enabling it to become strengthened once again and allow the healing process to occur organically from within.
Since the vital force “knows” the precise nature of its own weakness and the accompanying symptoms, which manifest and result from that derangement, once strengthened with Homeopathic remedies only the vital force itself can initiate and bring about a speedy return to complete health on all levels.
Mahatma Gandhi stated that “…Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment.” Additionally, Dr. Charles Frederick Menninger, founder of the Menninger Clinic, declared that, “homeopathy is wholly capable of satisfying the therapeutic demands of this age better than any other system or school of medicine.”
Something that we should ponder about is about integration of different sciences to heal the patient and this is seen in the form of the mushrooming of Mind-body-healing clinics. These focus on how emotional, social, behavioral and spiritual factors impact health. Psychotherapy has adopted the holistic tenets of mind-body healing by incorporating various energy therapy interventions into its mainstream practice. Many psychotherapists now teach relaxation therapy, meditation, visual imagery and EMDR as effective means to handle stress, anxiety, depression and trauma.
Homeopathy is not a science that can be taken lightly as it understands life in its entirety and through its gentle touch nurtures the very spirit of our being helping it to blossom into its fullest potential.