Homeopathy- How it works

To explain how homeopathy works,  it is convenient to start with the isopathy phenomenon i.e. small dose of a drug curing the symptoms produced by the same drug consumed in large doses.

Let us look at one simple example to see if isopathy phenomenon could at all be plausible-

If we give excess food (more than the usual requirement) to a healthy person, he/she develops a disease called obesity. This can be cured by just giving less food (less than the usual requirement). Also the lesser the food he/she is allowed, the more effective it becomes in reversing the obesity.

Now let’s take the case of arsenic poisoning. We can’t treat this condition by giving small doses of arsenic, because the body’s requirement for arsenic is almost zero, any amount of arsenic could only add to the toxicity.

The best treatment in this condition would be to give ‘negative arsenic’ or ‘minus arsenic’ or a solution that has arsenic ‘deficit’ in it!

This negative solution of arsenic will ‘adsorb’ or ‘annihilate’ the arsenic in the body and hence will be able to cure the condition. Also the more is its negativity (or dilution); the more will be its efficacy.

Homeopathy is claimed to be very effective in treating the chronic heavy metal poisoning (lead, arsenic, aluminium, silver etc) as the homeopathic preparations of these heavy metals effectively chelate the corresponding metal from the body.

Some intelligent homeopaths practice what is called tautopathy in which they use highly diluted allopathic drugs (e.g. anticancer drugs) to minimize the toxicity and side effects of the corresponding drug.

So if we can prove the existence of negative substance state or negative solution, then isopathy phenomenon can be easily explained.

The situation of ‘Similars’

Homeopathy which is said to be based on the priciniple of similars, also works in the same way as isopathy but with less exactness.

Some examples:

1. Malaria (an infectious illness caused by the plasmodium species) is treated by cinchona (a plant extract).   It is likely that both cinchona and malaria share some common ‘effector toxin’ resulting in a similar illness. Homeopathic cinchona by neutralizing this common effector toxin, cures malaria

2. Sometimes homeopaths seem to treat a presumed heavy metal poisoning using the homeopathic preparation of a different heavy metal- i.e. Arsenic poisoning treated by homeopathic lead/ plumbum etc. Also homeopathic sulphur is said to be effective for any heavy metal poisoning.

Heavy metals probably produce a variety of nonspecific symptoms in healthy persons with a lot of overlap of their drug pictures. So a ‘mismatch’ is possible while matching leading to selection of a slightly different remedy. But the remedy still seems to work despite the mismatch- another homeopathic paradox.

Possible explanations for this paradox are-

All these heavy metals may produce their symptoms via a common effector mechanism or toxin, so a homeopathic preparation of one metal not only neutralizes its own toxicity but also of other heavy metals.

A negative substance of one metal not only ‘annihilates’ itself but probably also annihilates other metals because of their structural similarity

3. Homeopathic caffeine is used to treat insomnia associated with excessive caffeine intake (isopathy). The same  thing is also said be effective for insomnia unrelated to excess intake of caffeine (homeopathy)

In insomnia patients, probably there is accumulation of caffeine like substances produced de novo in the brain. Homeopathic caffeine by neutralizing or annihilating the de novo caffeine, can be helpful in insomnia unrelated to exogenous caffeine intake.



  • Zep  On September 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    This description is not only contradictory to known science, it is contradictory to logic. And it is also contradictory to itself. Read your own notes – you will see what I mean.

    • drgsrinivas  On September 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      I can undestand your incapacity to understand the logic. If that was so simple it would not have been a mystery for so long.
      You can try again or wait until your are mature enough.

  • Fred Nerk  On October 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Before you go wasting your time explaining how homoeopathy works, you need to show that it does. Despite many experiments, no one has been able to achieve this in well designed repeatable tests. Save all the speculation for after the Nobel Prizes are handed out.

    • drgsrinivas  On October 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

      I did point out why homeopathy failed in studies- homeopaths haven’t fully understood how homeopathy works. Without knowing how it works, they can’t obviously apply it correctly in practice to reap the benefits of homeopathy to the maximum. That is the reason why the current practice of homeopathy is successful only occasionally. I am sure your strong mental objection towards this holy medicine has prevented you from appreciating this point.

      A car will not move if you don’t know how to drive that. And you may test drive 100 cars and conclude that a car can’t function as a vehicle. Out of your 1000 clumsy attempts one car may move a bit, but you will surely put this down to chance occurrence or ‘placebo’ effect as this can’t be reproduced consistently. But someone like me who has seen and experienced the car move even once, will explore and think laterally and try to learn the correct way of driving rather than blame the car as useless. The car will surely fail in trials until we learn the correct way.

      Homeopathy has survived 200 years and is gaining more and more popularity. While I accept its apparent failure in scientific trails, I can’t simply discard this mysterious medicine as I have personally seen patients getting benefited by this. You may put this down to placebo effect but even placebo should have a mechanism. If we can unravel the exact mechanism underlying the placebo phenomenon, we can reap the benefits to the maximum by modifying our practice. I believe homeopathy is probably the secret behind the placebo effect- I have explained this in one of the posts.

  • Manu  On August 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    My in law had a lump on his hand. Modern medicine diagnosed it as fat deposit and suggested surgery. But he was scared to do surgery, so he approached a famous homeopath near to my home. With 3 months medicine intake the fat deposit vanished. When I was a child I had asthma, but it was cured by Homeo and the doctor told that it wont come again. I had a wart on my finger, and applied some Allopathy ointments but with no result. In Allopathy, other option is to cut it. I just tried homeopathy and it disappeared in a month.Later I had two other warts, it was also cured by Homeo medicine. Modern medicine is good for treatments involve surgery, home has some magical effects in curing many diseases including epidemic ones. In my opinion, select the treatment system which is most effective the curing a particular disease.

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