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What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is natural form of medicine based on the principle of “like cures like”. This means that a substance ingested in extremely diluted amounts will cure the same symptoms that it will cause if taken in its gross, raw form.

Because of the extreme dilution, chemical toxicity is impossible due to this. Homeopathic medicines are safe for all ages and treats physical, emotional, mental complaints in conjunction with other treatments.

It does require appropriate holistic medical history of you to understand the total picture in order select the most suitable homeopathic medicines for you.

The Law of Similars

The Law of Similars states that “any substance capable of inducing symptoms in a healthy person will be able, at low dosages, to alleviate these same symptoms in a sick person suffering from them”
Let’s take the example of strong coffee. When a healthy person drinks it prior to bed, the result is a unique insomnia where his/her mind becomes alert, even overexcited.So if you are the patient with that hyper-alert mind at bedtime/throughout the night, you would be prescribed the homeopathic form of coffee. This is Coffea, its Latin name.

Homeopathy is a medical systems based on three principles:

  • The Law of Similars
  • The Principle of the “Totality of Symptoms”
  • The Principle of the “Infinitesimal Dose”

The Principle of the “Totality of Symptoms”

The “Totality of Symptoms” Principle that each person displays a unique set of responses to a disease. This is in addition to the expected associated signs and symptoms. So it is essential for the doctor to notate all the signs and symptoms that you are displaying. This way your best suited homeopathic medicine can be chosen.

Here’s an example in three people suffering from a productive cough (lots of phlegm)
The first has a really hard time to bring anything up and out, so the thick slimey mucus accumulates in the air passages. They cough to the point of nausea and occasionally vomit from it. They have a clean tongue.
The second person coughs up yellow-green phlegm during the day but it turns dry at night. The cough notably improves outdoors or in open air.
The third person coughs up slimy, pus-like phlegm and spits it out. It’s worse at night. They have a lot of saliva, and bad breath.

You see that all three people have a productive cough, yet you can also see that they have unique reactions. So, the homeopathic medicines will be different according to the totality of each person.
The first will receive Ipecac, the second will receive Pulsatilla, and the third will receive Mercurius solubilise. All of these medicines in the raw form would cause the exact signs and symptoms that their homeopathic counterpart will remedy.

The Principle of the “Infinitesimal Dose”

Dose here means dilution. The homeopathic medicines are very dilute dilutions so which makes them safe and without side-effects. As such the dilutions are INFINITESIMAL.
The sources are natural substances from plants, animals and minerals. The first two are extracted by a water-alcohol mixture. This is filtered yielding a Mother Tincture (MT). This is diluted step-by-step until the desired dilution has been reached.

Dilutions:

a) 1 CH stands for centesimal and obtained by diluting drop of MT into 100 drops of solution (1/100)
b) 2 CH is made by diluting 1 drop of 1 CH into 100 drops of solution (1/10,000)

How does Homeopathy Work?

Homeopathic medicines are act as catalysts for healing—-they are designed to stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Everyone has a unique pattern to healing which are affected by the severity of the disease, by your levels of vitality and, by the suitability of the homeopathic prescription.
Selection of single remedies/medicines is based the whole/total picture of your symptoms on mental, emotional and physical aspects. In other word, this will guide me to the most suitable nontoxic, homeopathic medicines for you.

Here is what to expect at a homeopathic consultation.

As in a conventional medical setting, a complete history, examination and investigation help to establish a diagnosis. Additionally, I will ask you about and record your unique reactions and characteristics. Questions about lifestyle, eating habits and preferences, temperament, personality traits, sleep pattern will be covered. The totality of your picture will point to the homeopathic medicine that best suits you at this time. The number of dilutions of this medicine will likewise be determined.
As a guide your first appointment could take over an hour with follow-up appointments typically lasting 30 to 50 minutes.

What can you expect from homeopathic treatment?

When the homeopathic medicine is spot-on, the benefits of catalyzing your body’s natural ability to heal itself can be dramatically positive in first aid, dramatic to moderate in acute illness, and moderate in chronic conditions.
The frequency at which you may take them depends on the whether your condition is a first aid, acute or chronic and what dilution you have been prescribed.
They come in the form of liquids and granules which are prepared according to French or United States Phamacopoeias.

How was homeopathy developed?

Hippocrates, 25 centuries ago, taught this principle: ‘ the same things which cause a disease cures it’. Then around 1790, a German physician, chemist and toxicologist, Christina Hahnemann started experiments with the common medicines of his time: quinine, aconite, belladonna, ipecac, mercury! He was the guinea pig. He saw that quinine brought on malaria-like symptoms, although it was quinine that often cured malaria. “ How strange”, one thinks. So he continued to test many agents taken from the vegetable, mineral and animal kingdoms. Over many years, seeing this occur constantly, he concluded that “like really did cure like” BUT only when the agent was in a very diluted form.
Based on Hahnemann’s meticulous experiments, homeopathic medicines are made from substance from vegetable, mineral and animal products. Each medicine is diluted to yield a solution and will not contain the original molecules. Rather it contains the electromagnetic imprint of its original substance.
Each medicine has its own characteristics that is matched to those presented by the patient according to the three principles:

1.    The Law of Similars

2.    The Principle of the “Totality of Symptoms”

3.    The Principle of the “Infinitesimal Dose”

THE EVIDENCE BASE

Not everyone is a fan of homeopathic medicine. Other people have experienced wonderful health improvements and find it of great help to growing a healthy life-style.
However, there is reputable research that demonstrates the positive impact that homeopathic medicine has made and continues to offer to patients. I reason the positive impact is because homeopathy offers a non-toxic format which encourages your body to reset, rebalance and regain health. You can heal and you can grow a healthy life.

A. Randomised controlled trials as quoted from British Homeopathic Org.
Randomised controlled trials
“Up to the end of 2014, at total of 104 papers reporting good-quality placebo-controlled randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in homeopathy (on 61 different medical conditions) have been published in peer-reviewed journals. 41% of these RCTs have reported a balance of positive evidence, 5% a balance of negative evidence, and 54% have not been conclusively positive or negative.
“ the medical conditions for which positive TCTs of homeopathy have been reported include the following: allergies and upper respiratory tract infections; childhood diarrhoea; hay fever; influenza; insomnia; rheumatic disease; sinusitis; vertigo”

B. Research: Patient Outcomes Studies
1. Bristol Homeopathic Hospital 2005. At the time this was the largest service evaluation of homeopathic treatment. They reported that 70% of 6,500 follow-up patients experienced improvement in their health. Eczema, asthma, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome –difficult chronic problems suffered by many people—all improved. See full paper.

2. Five –Hospital study, 2008. The most recent hospitals outcome study confirms the findings of earlier studies. A total of 1,602 patients were seen at follow-up appointments in all five UK NHS homeopathic hospitals during one month in 2007. The study found that eczema is currently the most common referral to homeopathy by NHS doctors. Other commonly treated complaints were chronic fatigue, menopausal disorder and osteoarthritis. See full paper.

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