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“The highest ideal of healing is the rapid, gentle, and permanent restoration of health…”
– Samuel Hahnemann
Classical Homeopathy is used to assist people to increase their vitality. Through more vital health and energy, our own bodies, mind and spirit can address imbalance, dis-ease and health issues more effectively.
Classical Homeopathy is a very supportive adjunct to other types of care, whether conventional allopathic / “western” medical care or natural, alternative/complimentary care methods. Classical Homeopathy is also very powerful and effective on its own, especially in treating what we might refer to as “well-care”. Well-care often refers to someone who is basically well but has some lingering feelings of imbalance or may say “I just don’t feel right” but there are no diagnosable issues found.
Anyone, whatever their diagnosis, can benefit from classical homeopathic care. Homeopathy helps by increasing the individual’s strength, vitality and resistance to disease. However, homeopathy is not a substitute for good health habits. In the long run, true health depends in good measure on eating well and exercising adequately, getting enough rest, dealing effectively with stress and living creatively.
Classical Homeopathy does support healthy vibrant vitality for emotional, physical, and even spiritual health…. enough so that people are able to make the choices they know are needed to support their most healthful, best, creative and vital life. Additionally, Homeopathy can support more vital, viable fertility, support pregnancy to go more smoothly, even help your baby be as healthy as possible.
Acute illnesses, Chronic and Auto-immune issues: Homeopathic care is often effective during acute illness. Again, the remedies are not directed at removing symptoms or killing germs, but rather toward strengthening the person so that his or her own healing capacities are more effective.
Homeopathic Principles: The principles of homeopathy were first stated by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. He had given up the practice of medicine when he found the medical practices of his time to be ineffective and at times harmful. He resumed practice once he discovered in homeopathy a means to help people heal gently, rapidly, and reliably. Homeopathy spread quickly throughout Europe and to the United States, where at the beginning of the 1900’s, 15-20% of all doctors practiced homeopathy. During that time, the United States had Classical Homeopathic Hospitals, Clinics and more Homeopathic M.D. Physicians than the rest of the world combined.
This changed with a controversial report which threatened, almost to extinction, most natural focused therapies.
Today, the validity of lived and clinical experience by those who receive and practice classical homeopathic care is one of increased health and vitality and continues to support the ideas originated from Hahnemann’s teachings over 200 years later.
Stimulus toward true Health: Homeopathic treatment, like all truly natural therapies, seeks to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual so that all physiological, emotional and spiritual systems function at their best. As the person moves toward their optimal level of general health, they feel better. Subsequently, specific symptoms improve as the strengthened body and emotional systems become more active. The Classical homeopathically chosen remedy does not directly treat a symptom or condition. Instead, it simply helps to initiate the process by which the person heals themselves. Whether this be physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature.
Totality of symptoms: in the classical homeopathic view a person’s health is a condition of the entire individual… rather than isolated symptoms. Modern day classical homeopaths (except those who are M.D.’s) do not diagnose disease or treat diseases. Rather we treat clients alongside other modalities by listening to the entirety of the clients’ lived experience, symptoms, successes, and challenges.
Remedies: are selected that best correspond to the person’s total expression of their state of being. Evaluation of the individual’s level of health and choice of the correct remedy depends in part on a thorough understanding of any symptoms as well as the family patterns of health, and the individual’s path to their current health or health issues.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that “like helps like.” A remedy is chosen that is capable of causing, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the “sick” person. The symptoms, feelings of imbalance, and the personal experiences are thus the most important guide to the choice of the correct remedy.
Homeopathic remedies are usually made from plants and simple minerals. These substances are prepared by a process of repeated dilution and vibration which makes them capable of stimulating the healing process. Thus, these remedies are more energetic in their nature, do not interact with pharmaceutical medications and are safe for pregnancy, infants, and animals as well. Remedies are given to stimulate the whole body to heal itself, while herbs and regular drugs and medicines are given to chemically change or treat specific symptoms generally from specific parts of the body.
Homeopathic remedies are made at special FDA regulated and approved homeopathic pharmacies to a very high standard.
Minimum dose: As little remedy as possible is used. After a remedy is given, the individual’s response is carefully observed, and the remedy is changed only if necessary.
The Homeopathic Consultation
Essential to effective homeopathic care is the information that you provide to the practitioner. The homeopathic interview involves extensive questioning that may cover unfamiliar ground for those who are accustomed to a few quick questions from a busy doctor.
Reason for visit. The homeopathic practitioner will want you to describe as fully as possible, in your own way, the conditions that have caused you to seek homeopathic care. Your description should include everything that is truly characteristic of your problems. Precise details are best, but only if you can be definite about them.
Based mainly on the information you provide, a remedy will be recommended that suits you best in a total way.
Action of the remedy. Each individual experiences the reaction to the remedy in a different way. Usually the effects are gentle and gradual, though at times, more rapid or dramatic changes may occur. Since the remedies work to better your general health, you should not be concerned if specific symptoms do not change right away. The remedies do not produce side effects. However, if you have a reaction you do not understand, please contact your practitioner.