Homeopathy is used to assist people rather than to treat illness. Anyone, whatever their diagnosis, can benefit from homeopathic care. Homeopathy helps by increasing the individual’s strength and resistance to disease. Homeopathy is not a substitute for good health habits. In the long run, health depends in good measure on eating well and exercising adequately, getting enough rest, dealing effectively with stress and living creatively.
Homeopathy cannot strengthen the system to heal itself of genetic problems. Also, homeopathy cannot help people who are continually exposing themselves to the very things that make them sick. For example, it won’t change a smoker’s cough, headaches from birth control pills, or depression from being in an emotionally hurtful situation. However, it can help strengthen people enough so that they are able to make helpful changes in their lifestyle.
Homeopathy can help your pregnancy go more smoothly, and help your baby be as healthy as possible. Be sure to inform your homeopath if you are pregnant.
Acute illnesses. 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 work better.
Homeopathic Principles. The principles of homeopathy were first formulated at the end of the eighteenth century by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. He had given up the practice of medicine when he found the therapies of his time to be ineffective and harmful, and did not resume practice until he discovered in homeopathy a means to help people heal gently, rapidly, and reliably. Homeopathy spread quickly throughout Europe and to the Unitied States, where at the beginning of this century, 15-20% of all doctors practiced homeopathy. Despite repeated criticism from orthodox medical circles, the validity of Hahnemann’s ideas continues to be demonstrated over 200 years later.
Stimulus to the body. Homeopathic treatment, like all truly natural therapies, seeks to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual so that all physiological 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 defenses become active. But the homeopathic remedy does not directly treat a symptom or condition. Instead, it simply helps to initiate the process by which the person heals themself.
Totality of symptoms. The homeopath view a person’s health as a condition of the entire individual rather than in terms of isolated symptoms. Homeopaths do not diagnose disease or treat diseases. Remedies are selected that best correspond to the person’s total state of illness. Evaluation of the individual’s level of health and choice of the correct remedy does depend in part on a thorough understanding of all symptoms. But in addition, important indicators of general health, such as the level of vitality the person experiences and their emotional well-being, demand close attention.
Law of similars. 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 the sick person experiences are thus the most important guide to the choice of the correct remedy.
Remedies. Homeopathic remedies are usually made from plants and simple minerals. These substances are prepared by a process of repeated dilution and shaking which makes them capable of stimulating the healing process. Remedies are given to stimulate the whole body to heal itself, while herbs and regular drugs and medicines are given to take away specific symptoms generally from specific parts of the body.
Homeopathic remedies are made at special FDA regulated and approved homeopathic pharmacies according to very high standards of purity. There is no homeopathic pharmacy in Minnesota. Certain health food stores and food cooperatives carry remedies.
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.
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