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What the Heck is Homeopathy, Anyway?

Posted Nov 01 2010 12:00am

Before I tell you how I used Homeopathy to kick acid reflux’s a-s-s, I’d better explain a little about what Homeopathy is in the first place. Now, I’m just a layperson, but I’m at least a layperson who’s done a lot of reading up on the subject. So, homeopathy is based on the principle that “like cures like.” In other words, a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in an already sick person. Homeopathy uses micro-doses of those substances to stimulate the body’s own healing processes to overcome those symptoms. And when I say micro-doses, I mean, micro-doses. I mean, doses so small that they are less than the concentration of 1 drop of water in all the oceans of the world.

A little bit on how homeopathic medicines are created: first they take the substance (the cure) and make a “mother tincture.” These substances come from the animal, mineral, and plant kingdoms. As an example from the animal kingdom, the homeopathic remedy Apis comes from bee venom and the remedy Lachesis comes from bushmaster snake venom (I looked up a bushmaster on the Internet; the thing is NASTY…it both constricts AND is poisonous…ewww, so not fair). An example from the mineral kingdom would be the homeopathic remedy Silica and also Phosphorus. And examples abound in the plant kingdom – we have Chamomilla (from Chamomile) and Belladonna (from the deadly nightshade) and even homeopathic Coffee (called Coffea crudea).

So, to get on with my story, after they make a mother tincture, they take 1 part of the mother tincture and dilute it with 99 parts of another substance, say, water or lactose (milk sugar), and they shake it around violently (we’re talking, 150 times a second). This shaking around violently is known as succussion, and the resulting dilution is then called a 1C. Then, to get to 2C, they take 1 part of 1C, add 99 parts of water or lactose, and succuss the mixture again. To get to 3C, they take 1 part of 2C, add 99 parts water or lactose, and succuss it again. And so on and so forth…until they get to 6C, 12C, 30C, and even higher, like 200C or 1M. But these latter are usually dispensed by professional Homeopaths, as they are considered much more potent.

Much more potent, you say? How can that be, when the substance is just getting more and more diluted? Well, I also had my eyebrows raised at this. The truth is, no one really knows why the potency is stronger as the concentration of the original substance gets weaker and weaker. There are many theories, but the one I think I like most is this one: the succussion causes the energy of the original substance to permeate throughout the dilution, such that the more times it is succussed, the more the resulting dilution has the energetic “imprint” of the original substance. When it is given to the body, the body then uses the information contained in the energetic imprint to heal itself. Sound like hocus pocus? Maybe.

Whatever the case, I don’t care. Homeopathy has proven itself to be effective over and over, and most importantly, it has worked for me and my family each and every time I have used it. To be continued, my baby is crying…

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