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Homeopathy - What exactly is it?

Posted Jul 13 2009 11:51pm 1 Comment
Homeopathy is a safe, effective system of natural medicine, used by millions of people world-wide. For example, today, 39% of physicians in France use Homeopathy, 20% in Germany, 42% in the UK, and 45% in the Netherlands. It is the leading medical system in India.  In the US, 14% of physicians refer their patients for Homeopathic treatment.

How was Homeopathy discovered?
“Homeopathy” is derived from the Greek words “Hómoios” and “pathos” meaning “similar suffering”.
It is a form of medicine founded by German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, who lived from 1755-1843.
Hahnemann experimented on himself to discover if repeated small doses of a natural substance were taken, he would develop symptoms from that substance. A true scientist, he took this idea one step further; if a natural substance was prepared a certain way and matched to a person suffering from those same symptoms the substance could produce - those symptoms could disappear. From this came the conclusion: Natural substances that could make a person sick; could also help heal a person. This is the Law of Similars originally discovered by the Greek physician, Hippocrates, and is known simply as “Like cures Like.”

What are the medicines made from?
Homeopathic medicines are made from tiny amounts of natural substance prepared a specific way.  In Homeopathy, the medicines are called remedies. Remedies contain an incredibly small amount of substance; one blossom from a rare, wild orchid can produce enough remedy to last for decades. Remedies are prepared by Homeopathic pharmacies in accordance with FDA-approved guidelines. Remedies cost pennies to produce when compared to traditional medicine.

Are the remedies herbs?

About 70% of the more than 3,000 remedies are from plant sources. Other sources are animal and mineral. There is no animal testing and no killing of animals. Homeopathic remedies are earth-friendly and are safe for infants, seniors, and animals.

How does Homeopathy work?
Homeopathy supports your natural self-healing capacity; stimulating a powerful, yet gentle, healing response. A homeopathic remedy liberates trapped energy so that you are able to self-heal on all levels, mental, emotional and physical.

How does Homeopathy differ from western medicine?
Homeopathy differs from mainstream medicine in many ways; one being the least amount of medicine is used to stimulate the quickest, most gentle restoration of health. This also means a single remedy is given once, followed by waiting and watching for a response, to determine the next action. One remedy at a time is used in Classical Homeopathy, which is the kind of Homeopathy I practice. Sometimes adjunct therapies are used to support a person’s healing response. Homeopathy treats the whole person, not isolated symptoms. Individual symptoms are important, but general overall well being is what homeopaths look to improve first. Although mainstream, alternative, and complementary medicines share a goal of relief of symptoms, the way in which Homeopaths view sickness and health is different; symptoms are not viewed as separate from the whole person.

What is a Homeopath?
Generally one has a college degree, pre-med prerequisites, attended a homeopathic school with approximately 600 hours in study, 2-400 hours of clinical training, and followed by a rigorous national certification process. Homeopathy is not a licensed profession. Always check practitioner references.

What does Homeopathy help?
Homeopathy offers help for serious and chronic diseases such as depression, eating disorders, digestive issues, headaches, and chronic pain. Treating ailments such as these requires the assistance of a qualified homeopath.  I offer these services in my practice.

Do I have to stop my meds?
No. Homeopathy works alongside Western medicine, as well as with your doctor.

How long does one have to go to a Homeopath to see results?
Homeopathy stimulates the unique individual’s self-healing capacity. How long or how much a person’s health is restored depends on many things… how long they have been ill; if there are there functional changes; if the person has had surgeries, etc.  As a person begins to respond to a remedy, they reset balance in all aspects of their life and start the process of healing from within. It is a bit like a top where health spirals out from the center. It is the person’s response to the remedy which sets the top into motion. In my practice I have seen amazing results. One client was able to say good-bye to 20 years of back pain in 4 months. Another was able to overcome a life-time of debilitating panic attacks in less than one year.

What does Homeopathy cost?

Remedies cost pennies when compared to traditional drugs. Homeopathy saves money over time, too. Some think that if they see a Homeopath or use another healing modality not covered by their insurance, it costs more because they are spending money out-of-pocket. In reality, they are saving money over time by avoiding complicated problems later. Often traditional medicines lead to multiple prescriptions and side-effects that require more prescriptions.  Homeopathy visits are not as frequent as other modalities; usually they are 4-8 weeks apart. Homeopathic services are often reimbursed through employee benefits such as a Section 125 Cafeteria or Flex-Spending Plan. Check with your employer.

Want to know more?
One book I recommend is Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy by Amy Lansky, PhD, a mother’s story of her child's struggle to overcome autism with Homeopathy.
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Many are still into alternative medicines. It is undeniable that people are still have fate in homeopathy or any sort of medicine. People who don't want to have to get a prescription for everything could look into the People's Pharmacy.  The People's Pharmacy isn't a communist pharmacy, but it's an organization, website, and series of publications that's chock full of home remedies that have been proven in the field, like using Listerine to repel mosquitoes.  The People's Pharmacy was started by Joe Graedon, a pharmacologist, and his wife Terry, a medical anthropologist, because they wanted to find some better ways of doing things and living healthier, without needing to rely on some stooge for Big Pharma.   Viewing the website is free, but the books published by the People's Pharmacy might be worth some online cash loans.

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