Homeopathy (also spelled homoeopathy) is a form of medicine invented (or at least first studied in detail) by an Austrian doctor named Samuel Hahnemann.
Principles behind homeopathy
Homeopathy exploits the amazing defence system of the human body. Dr. Hahnemann's key observation was that
[...] the body reacts naturally to every external attack. Anything alien to the human body, be it an article of food, drug or poisin, provokes the body to react against it. External abuse of the body is quickly overcome by the bodily defences. [...] if in the past, some disease has been overlooked and not reacted to by the body, then the introduction of a similar symptoms-producing agent in extremely diluted and pacified form would induce defensive body reaction and eliminate the sickness. (Mirza Tahir Ahmad, 2005, p. 3)
In fact, a homeopathic remedy is normally diluted to such an extent that the original substance is virtually no longer present. However, even if modern-day scientific instruments are unable to detect the presence of the substance, the human soul is still able to perceive it and react accordingly. According to the Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, the existence of the human soul is precisely the reason why homeopathy works, and why modern scientists are unable to make sense of it.
Surprisingly, the minutest dilutions are perceived by the human soul, which in turn directs the body to react with all necessary defence mechanisms. If the soul did not have the capability to perceive the otherwise imperceptible amount of poisin and prepare the body for proper defence mechanisms, no homoeopathic medication would have worked beyond the potency 30. [...] This system is so delicate that one must come to the belief of the existence of the soul. The homoeopathic "medicines" in the serial logarithmic dilutions contain practically no atom of the original substance / poisin, yet they work profoundly. (Mirza Tahir Ahmad, 2005, p. 4)
Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad also gives some other examples of situations where the human soul is able to perceive that which modern science is not, one of which we reproduce here for the reader's benefit.
The opponents of homoeopathy cannot even begin to explain the true nature of the system of allergy! In America, doctors experimented on a lady who was allergic to eggs. She was placed in a building where nobody was permitted to keep eggs and for some time, she remained allergy free. One day she came down with a several allergic attack. The whole building was searched carefully and at least, a nest was found on the topmost floor of the building where a pigeon had laid an egg. The distance between the lady's flat and the nest was 15 to 20 stories. This proves that under the direction of the human mind, the human body can perceive the most delicate effects otherwise undetectable by the most modern and super-sensitive instruments, as in the case here. (Mirza Tahir Ahmad, 2005, p. 4)
Homeopathy in the Jama'at
The fourth Khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, was an expert in homeopathy. He gave lectures on the subject via MTA, starting 23rd March 23, 1994. These were later published in Urdu under the title Homeopathic ilaj bil misal. It was later translated into English as well (see references below). In the preface he describes how he came to the study of homeopathy.
The story of my involvement in homoeopathy is very interesting. Soon after the partition of the Indian sub-continent (and our migration from Qadian in India to Rabwah in Pakistan), I started suffering from severe attacks of headache, commonly known as a Migraine. This is usually a one-sided headache associated with nausea, vomiting and restlessness. I used to take Aspirin for relief, but it would adversely affect my stomach and kidneys, and also caused palpitations. My late father had an allopathic medicine called Sandol for his own use, which would give me relief rather promptly. After the partition of the Indian subcontinent, it was not available in Pakistan and had to be imported from Calcutta, (India). Once during a severe attack of migraine when there was no Sandol available, my late father sent me a homoeopathic remedy. At that time, I had no belief in the usefulness of homoeopathy but I took the medicine in good faith. Suddenly, I realised that my headache had totally disappeared and for no apparent reason, I was lying in bed with my eyes shut. Never before, had I experienced such an astonishingly rapid effect of any medicine. After that, another incident enhanced my interest in homoeopathy. After I got married, my late wife, Asifa Begum (Allah have mercy on her), told me about her ailment of long-standing. My late father had many books on homoeopathy so I started searching for a remedy for my wife. By good luck, it so happened that I opened up a book and found a discourse on Natrum Mur whose symptoms and signs exactly matched those of my late wife, Asifa Begum. I gave her one high potency dose and she never had the same problem again. This strengthened my faith that homoeopathy was definitely effective, whether I understood it or not. After that I started a regular study of homoeopathic books in my father’s library. Many a time, I studied all night long, and thus acquired knowledge of remedies and their constitution. I diligently learned about the usage and the special features of homoeopathic remedies and then started treating patients.
The Jama'at runs free homeopathic clinics.
- Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Homoeopathy: "Like cures like", English rendering of lectures delivered on MTA International, 2005, (PDF).