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Homeopathy – How and What to Use for Common Ailments

Many people in the United States are just becoming aware of homeopathy as a natural treatment. Homeopathy is a low cost nontoxic system of medicine. It is used by millions of people around the world. Homeopathy has been used for over 180 years as an effective treatment for chronic illnesses that fail to respond to conventional treatments. However due to its low cost, which threatens pharmaceutical profits, as well as its divergence from conventional medical theory, homeopathy has been continually attacked by the medical establishment. Homeopathic remedies are generally dilutions of natural substances from plants, minerals, and animals.

The World Health Organization has cited homeopathy as one of the systems of traditional medicine that should be integrated worldwide with conventional medicine in order to provide adequate global health care by the year 2000. There are over 500 million people worldwide that utilize homeopathic treatments. In the United States there is an estimated 3000 medical doctors and licensed practitioners. The FDA (Food And Drug Administration) recognizes homeopathic remedies as official drugs and regulates their manufacture, labeling, and dispensing. The homeopathic pharmacopoeia of the United States was first published in 1897. In Europe there are over 11000 practitioners along with pharmacies that carry the remedies and specialized hospitals that use homeopathic as its treatment.

In Britain homeopathic clinics are part of the national health system. Lets look at the history of homeopathy and the mechanisms of how it works.

Homeopathy was founded in the late 18th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. He was know for his work in pharmacology, hygiene, public health, industrial toxicity and psychiatry. Because of his frustration with conventional treatments at the time ( blood letting, the use of mercury and other toxins) he set out to find a more rational and humane approach to medicine. He formulated three principals based on his research. They are as follows:

1.   Like Cures Like (Law Of Similars)
2.   The More The Remedy Is Diluted, The Greater The Potency ( Law Of Infinitesimal Dose).
3.   An Illness Is Specific To The Individual.

Let’s look into these a little deeper…

Like Cures Like means that a substance taken in large does that produces the symptoms of an illness will have the reverse effect if taken in a very minute dose. This is referred to as the Law Of Similars set down by Hippocrates in the 4th century. This same law was the basis for the theory of immunizations and even used today with allergy testing.

The More Dilute The Remedy, The Greater The Potency, the next principle, is probably the hardest for the rational mind to comprehend. Most of us believe that more is better. A medicine is more effective in a higher dose. Homeopathy believes the opposite. The more diluted a remedy the greater ability to be effective. Homeopathic remedies are prepared by producing what is called a mother tincture, which is an alcoholic extract of a substance, and then it is diluted by taking 1 part and mixing it with pure water or alcohol and succussing (vigorous shaking). Each time this happens it is rated as 1 X potency. This is done numerous time until there is no physical sign of the original material. When a remedy is broken down there is no visible sign of anything in it. So how does it work? According to Trevor Cook, Ph.D. President Of The United Kingdom Homeopathic Medical Association, the explanation of the therapeutic action of the highly diluted remedy appears to lie in the domain of quantum physics and the emerging field of energy medicine. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (Nmr) shows distinctive reading of subatomic activity in the remedies tested.

The third principal of Dr. Hahnemann was that Illness Is Specific To The Individual. This is truly a holistic model. Comparing this to the conventional medical approach that wants to give specific conditions the same or similar treatment in homeopathy each conditions is treated individually. Practitioners of classical homeopathy consult vast compendiums called repertories and materia medicas to determine the remedy that most closely matches the total picture of the patient’s symptomology. It takes years of study and practice to be proficient in this process.

Dr. Constantine Hering, the father of American homeopathy stated that “the healing progresses from the deepest part of the body to the extremities; form the emotional and mental aspects to the physical; and from the upper part of the body to the lower part of the body.” Herings Law Of Cure also goes to state that the healing progresses in reverse chronological order, from the most recent malady to the oldest.

Basically any imbalance system of the body can be treated effectively with homeopathy including conditions such as, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, epilepsy, skin disorders, allergy, cold and flu, headaches, fatigue, PMS, and more. It is safe and non toxic so if the wrong remedy is taken it will not have a negative effect on the body. This makes this system ideal for young children and elderly. No one wants to give potentially toxic drugs to children and when dealing with the elderly that may be on multiple medications homeopathy will not interact or interfere with these medications.

There have been numerous clinical studies done with homeopathic remedies, so why is this system just now gaining acceptance? The fact is that numerous Americans are frustrated with the current conventional system. People are looking for other approaches to better health. The history of how medicine has evolved or digressed in this country is fascinating. Unfortunately it has been controlled by economic and monopolistic thinking by our own AMA, pharmaceutical and medical industry.

For some good reading on this subject, the following books will enlighten you:

  • Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines by Stephen Cummings, MD and Dana Ullman, MPH
  • Homeopathic Medicine Today: A Study by Trevor Cook
  • Divided Legacy: A History of the Schism in Medical Thought, Vol. 3
  • Ethics in American Medicine, 1800-1914

For more information, contact The National Center for Homeopathy at 801 North Fairfax, Suite 306 Alexandria, Va. 22314 703 548-7790

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