Homeopathy in Practice
Most people think that homeopathy is just another name for natural medicine. Actually, homeopathic medicine is a specific type of medicine that stimulates the natural healing ability of the body. To achieve this, small amounts of a natural substance are given, based on your specific symptoms. When the correct remedy is given, it induces a profound and sustained healing response in the body. Although homeopathic medicines in their crude forms may have a negative effect on the system, when it is diluted down and prepared to be used for treatments, it is completely safe, non-toxic and without any side effects. Because we find the most specific medicine for your system, we can use the smallest of doses to get lasting results. In fact, homeopathic medicines are regulated by the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and can be purchased over the counter at most health food stores. Homeopathic medicines can also be used in conjunction with other medications when taking someone off of them would be unsafe.
Homeopathy can be used for almost any ailment. It can be used for diseases that affect the mind such as anxiety and depression, as well as physical symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Homeopathy can also be used to treat acute infections such as colds, flus, as well as sinus, ear and bladder infections. With chronic care, homeopathy allows the body to become the healthiest version of itself. To understand what homeopathic medicine is capable of, you must understand that because your body is out of balance, it will manifest a specific pattern of symptoms. When someone responds to a homeopathic medicine, they are actually balancing their system and therefore resolving their symptoms. In addition to this, we may also see improvement of their labs, imaging, mood, energy and a greater sense of well-being.
If you would like to learn more about homeopathy, you can download this free online book that we frequently recommend to patients.
History of Homeopathy
Once patients start to react to a homeopathic medicine, many of them become interested in the history of homeopathy. Below is a brief history with some links for those interested.
Homeopathy was founded in 1796 by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann. Hahnemann had become disappointed in the dangers of conventional medicines of the time and sought a form of medicine that was gentle yet effective. He found, while interpreting medical textbooks, that many substances which caused certain symptoms or diseases in a healthy person, could also treat those same symptoms in a sick person. Homeopathy is based on this law of similars (or "like cures like"). The most common way this is illustrated is in cases of insomnia. The conventional way to treat this is by giving a drug to bring on an artificial sleep, which can often cause side effects or addiction. The homeopathic way is to treat insomnia by giving the patient a minute dose of a substance, which in large doses causes sleeplessness in a healthy person, such as coffee. Surprisingly, this will enable the patient to sleep naturally. The more closely the symptoms of the patient match those of the medicine, the better the outcome.
Over time, many other physicians and experts in homeopathy have successfully reproduced the findings and contributed to the study of Samuel Hahnemann. Today there any many practitioners, both naturopathic and medical doctors alike that employ his methods effectively with their patients.
Another common misconception is that there is no research in homeopathy. In fact, there is much positive research of homeopathic medicine. Please click on the links below to explore this area if desired.