What is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a highly individualized, gentle, research-based system of natural medicine based on the principle of “like cures like.”

The homeopathic practitioner’s job is to match the totality of the person, with profile of one of over 2,000 homeopathic remedies.

Each homeopathic remedy has been highly refined, and carefully attenuated so that when ingested, applied topically or inhaled, it can bring about healing in the most delicate and gentle way.

What makes homeopathy different than allopathy?

Homeopaths look at chronic disease through a very different lens than doctors. We think of long-term disease as an expression of imbalance, similar to the philosophy that underlies Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Furthermore, homeopaths do not simply suggest the “usual protocol” for anything, we suggest a remedy that matches the very unique expression of the health issue in the individual.

Is it proven? Where’s the research?
By the end of 2014, 189 randomised controlled trials of homeopathy on 100 different medical conditions had been published in peer-reviewed journals. There are many more studies published today. Learn more at Homeopathy Research Institute.

What are homeopathic remedies?

Highly diluted and attenuated solutions of material substances — plants, animals, minerals — are formulated as homeopathic remedies through a complex process called potentization. These may be taken orally topically, or via olfaction in minute doses.  As mentioned above, these micro-doses (or nanomedicines) can trigger the body, mind and spirit to heal itself… so that vitality and overall flexibility is restored. You can see a small photo, right.

A brief overview of the history and theory of homeopathy

The fundamental homeopathic process was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) two centuries ago, in Germany.

Hahnemann was a physician appalled and disheartened by the barbaric medical practices such as bloodletting or the draining of excess “humours” — procedures that would more often kill the patient rather than cure. Instead, Hahnemann found that by employing the law of similars, and by diluting and succussing solutions of natural substances, he could create gentle cures and restore the dignity and vitality of the patient.

For a thorough understanding of Hahnemann’s work and vision, read the Organon, 6th Edition – available online here and also in print.

Homeopathy gained momentum worldwide as its reputation spread throughout the medical community in Europe and beyond. Homeopathic remedies were used to successfully treat epidemics of highly contagious infectious diseases such as typhoid, cholera and scarlet fever. For example, during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, those given homeopathic remedies had twice the survival rate of those receiving aspirin, coal tar, or other commonly used allopathic medicines.

Four main principles of homeopathy

1) Similia Similbus Curentor or “Like cure like” means if a substance, given in large doses, can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then given in microdoses it can cure similar symptoms in a person who feels unwell. For example:

  • The remedy Allium Cepa, made from a type of onion plant – can help with an allergic or viral runny nose accompanied by sneezing and an irritating and watery discharge.
  • The remedy Apis Mellifica, made from the stinger of a honey bee – is a terrific remedy for clients who have hives, bites, and stings of any kind where the skin becomes puffy, swollen, itchy, burning, hot, red, swollen and sensitive to touch. It also happens to be a wonderful remedy for some cases involving ovarian cysts — again where there is swelling and pain.

2) A single remedy at a time – A classical Hahnemannian homeopath must observe the response of the vital force to one remedy at a time.

3) Only a minimum dose is given – Nothing more  – Hahnemann researched and emphasized how exquisitely sensitive the human, body, mind and spirit are. And in reaction the over-medicating and extreme practices of his day, he insisted that there had to be a gentler way. Hence in homeopathy we use infinitesimally small amounts of curative substances. While allopathic drugs or even strong herbs frequently cause side effects or adverse reactions, to avoid this problem, the homeopath administers the smallest possible dose so as to allow the body to heal itself. If it is required, any repetition of dose is determined by the individual’s response to the remedy. In homeopathy, less is best!

4) Remedies are Potentized – Homeopathic remedies are manufactured unlike any other medicine. Through a process of serial dilution, a very fine extract from the original material (plant, animal or mineral) is made. With every step of dilution the remedy is succussed (vigorously shaken).

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