Homeopathy derives from the Greek “homios” for similar and “pathos” for suffering. Homeopathy is the system of medicine, which treats disease by the use of natural, medically active substances in weak or infinitesimal doses, that when administered in health in more crude form, would produce symptoms similar to those for relief of which they are given. It is based in the law of “similia similibus curantur” stated by Hahnemann in 1796 that is “let likes be cured by likes”. This postulate was already foreseen by Hippocrates. It works by using very diluted substances to increase the body’s own healing abilities, as a response of the body from the action of a substance which can produce similar symptoms to which they are recommended for. For example, if you peel an onion, your eyes become very teary. A homeopathic preparation of red onion, Allium Cepa, may used for colds or allergies where the sufferer has teary eyes and provide all other symptoms apply.
The body is considered as a whole and therefore two people with the same disease are treated as distinct individuals influenced by all the factors, which have caused the disease.
Homeopathy offers treatment for acute diseases as well as chronic diseases, emotional disorders, and injuries. The body’s own internal defense system, the vital force within, is stimulated naturally to heal body, mind and spirit in harmony. Homeopathy does not kill germs, but supports the body’s own ability to heal. It is application of the law of similars to match symptoms, not the selection of the remedy by the disease that makes the correct homeopathic treatment. The body is considered as a whole and therefore two people with the same disease are treated as distinct individuals influenced by all the factors, which have caused the disease. The Homeopathic remedy selected will match each person’s symptoms and will likely be different for each individual. This detailed and complex process can achieve favorable results, especially with chronic diseases.
Every homeopathic remedy must be tested on healthy human volunteers. This constitutes a proving, which is then entered into the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, Meteria Medica, and Repertories. Homeopathic remedies are prepared in special homeopathic laboratories and sold through Homeopathic pharmacies. They are safety-sealed, bear DIN numbers, and must be kept protected from harmful circumstances. If well protected, in fact, Homeopathic remedies have known to last for over hundred years.
After conventional medicine, Homeopathy is the most widely used system of medicine practiced in the world and the fastest growing. It was introduced in North America in 1826 and by the 1900’s one sixth of the American doctors were Homeopaths. At one point there were over 1.500 Homeopathic Hospitals and Clinics in North America. It is very popular in some parts of Asia and Europe. In France, one person out of four has used Homeopathy at least once in his or her lifetime. Homeopathy was regulated in Upper Canada from 1859 to 1970, requiring being a Homeopathic Doctor in order to practice Homeopathy. Since we lost the regulatory laws, we would like to offer a word of caution to prospective students and patients alike, since anybody cal claim to be a “Homeopath” or even open a school to teach this medical science.
The benefits to the patient of using homeopathy are that it is low cost, simple to use with out requiring special equipment, easily available and it is free of side-effects only when properly administered by a Homeopathic Practitioner.
Homeopathic Medicine is the treatment of choice of England’s royal family, and endorsed by Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Pope Pius X, and Tina Turner.
Homeopathy has been in the spotlight especially after Denevas, Benveniste,et al(1) study. The results from this paper could not be rationalized according to the physical and biological laws known today. The polemic has been started and it probably will not be settled in the near future. Meanwhile, Homeopathy has been proven effective in hay fever(2), fibrositis(Primary Fibromialgia)(3), influenza(4), and in an overall review of other conditions(5).
Homeopathy is proud to be a part of the re-emerging of Alternative Medicine. Time has come for medicine to be taught, practiced and experienced as what it is, an Art comprehending the totality of the human body and its emotional and spiritual expressions.
The Use and Care of Homeopathic Remedies
* Homeopathic remedies are best absorbed sublingually. The usual is 3 granules held under the tongue until dissolved.
* Do not touch remedies with your hands. Tip the granules into the lid of container provided then place under the tongue.
* If remedy is spilled, throw them away. Do not place back into container.
* Take remedies 30 minutes away from food, beverages and flavoured toothpaste or mouthwashes. Do not expose to bright, direct light or sunlight, or intense heat for prolonged period of time.
* Do not store or open around strong perfumes or fragrances, especially camphor or menthol based liniments or ointments as this may antidote the action of the remedy.
* Keep remedies away from strong electromagnetic fields, such as those generated by television, computers and clock radios.
* When traveling, do not do not let homeopathic remedies go through x-ray, have them hand checked.
p style=”text-align: justify;”>* Coffee, regular tea and mint may antidote the action of many remedies. If possible avoid them.
* In most cases, the use of Homeopathic remedies will not conflict with vitamin and mineral supplements or prescription or over-the-counter medications. Please inform your Homeopathic Doctor of your current medication and any changes in their intake.
* DO NOT RENEW or continue prescriptions on your own.
What Can I Expect Upon My First Visit?
The initial consultation with a Homeopathic Doctor involves an intensive interview which is approximately two hours in length. Be prepared to answer many questions regarding your chief complain(s), as well as questions about yourself, your habits, and general well-being. Before seeing the Homeopath, it would be helpful if you could think about your condition and the symptoms you are experiencing. You will be asked to discuss one symptom at a time, and it is most useful if you describe each symptom in your own words. Of course we are interested in the medical diagnosis that you may have already obtained; however, any additional information you can provide is invaluable. For instance,
- When do you experience the symptom?
- What does it feel like?
- Is there anything you can do to make it better or worse?
- Are there any accompanying symptoms?
- Are there any unusual or peculiar symptoms?
Medical Diagnosis: Migraine
Homeopathic Case Taking: When do you get the headaches? In damp rainy weather.
- Feels like my brain is on fire.
- Feels better if I lay down, rub the painful area and apply a hot cloth.
- Feels worse after eating, if I move and in bright sunshine.
- Accompanied by nausea and watery eyes.
- Peculiar: I get the hiccoughs before the pain starts.
The Homeopathic Doctor will do her best to obtain the information relative to your case. Do not be offended if the Homeopath interrupts you. It may be that more details are required with regard to a particular symptom or perhaps enough details have been acquired and it is time to move on.
It is our aim to serve you most efficiently and effectively. If you are pleased with the quality of care, please refer your family and friends. We rely upon new patients. If you have any questions or concerns, we would be happy to discuss them with you.
1. Denevas E., BenvenisteJ.,et al. Human Basophil Degranulation Triggered by Very Dilute Antiserum Against IgE. Nature 33, 816,June 1988
2. Reilly.,et al. Is Homeopathy a Placebo Response? Lancet 881-886.Oct.18, 1986
3. Fisher P., Greenwood A., Effect of Homeopathic Treatment of Fibrositis. BMJ 299: 365-6
4. FErtey J.P. et al. A controlled Evaluation of a Homeopathic Preparation in the treatment of Influenza-like Symptomes. Brit. J. Clinical Pharmacology (27) 329-335, 1989.
5. Kleijnen P. et al. Clinical Trials of Homeopathy. BMJ 302: 316-23. 1991