What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine with its own principles and remedies, just like traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayruvedic medicine.
Homeopathy evolved from a discovery made over 200 years ago about the healing properties from the bark from a Peruvian tree—the cinchona. When ingested, the bark causes symptoms similar to that of malaria. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, found that giving this bark in a diluted homeopathic form actually cured the symptoms of malaria. In homeopathic medicine, this principle is known as “like cures like” or the “Law of Similars” and is the cornerstone for the prescription and use of the more than 4,000 homeopathic remedies available.
To prescribe a homeopathic remedy, the homeopathic practitioner gathers pertinent information about your health on all levels—physical, mental, and emotional. Personality traits, fears and goals, likes and dislikes, all help the homeopath in selecting a suitable remedy for your particular problem.
Most homeopaths today use a computer program that contains volumes of homeopathic information that is used for cross-referencing and making the match.
Homeopathic remedies are capable of healing a whole range of health problems from simple colds and flus to more serious medical conditions and infectious diseases. Homeopathy has a strong history of success in treating illnesses such as scarlet fever, cholera, typhoid, and yellow fever in the 1800’s and continues to be a powerful healing modality for today’s modern diseases.
Homeopathy is completely safe even for infants and pregnant women.
Homeopaths are typically trained through a 4 year part-time program in the philosophy, materia medica, and clinical application of homeopathy. In Canada, homeopaths are not licensed to diagnose nor “treat disease”. Generally, homeopaths consider themselves to be treating people not diseases. Once the person is treated and balance restored, the body heals itself and resolves disease naturally.
Can I take homeopathic remedies along with my other medications?
Yes. Homeopathic remedies can be taken with prescription drugs without danger of interaction. Many patients find that as they feel better, their need for conventional medication lessens. However, you should not attempt to cut down on any prescribed medications without your doctor’s supervision.
As you improve on a homeopathic remedy you may notice changes in your key problems as well as improvements in apparently unrelated areas of health. It is not uncommon for someone to have a skin problem clear up and also comment that they are sleeping better and feel a more positive outlook on life. Energy levels can improve, digestion may regulate, and hormonal levels can stabilize. Key pathological symptoms and blood markers change along with general improvements after a curative remedy.
Homeopathy has proven to be effective in nearly all health related problems. From depression and anxiety, to fibromyalgia, ADHD and asthma, homeopathy is a natural medicine for everyone.
“Beyond Flat Earth Medicine” – by Timothy R. Dooley, N.D., M.D.
This short, easy to read book explains how homeopathy relates to health, illness, and healing. We highly recommended this for all patients receiving homeopathic treatments and copies are available for loan at our office.
“Ritalin Free Kids” – by Reichenberg-Ullman