Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ – in other words, a substance taken in small amounts will cure the same symptoms it causes if it was taken in large amounts. This idea dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC), who also thought that symptoms specific to an individual should be taken into account before making a diagnosis. This is also an important principle of homeopathy, where an individual’s unique symptoms are important in distinguishing the correct medicine.
The idea of like curing like was not to re-emerge in any great way until a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) came to devise the system of medicine that we know as homeopathy. Hahnemann trained in medicine and chemistry. Working as a doctor in the late 18th century, he was dissatisfied with the conventional medical practices of his day. Blood-letting, purging and giving patients large doses of toxic materials such as arsenic and lead were commonplace. Hahnemann disagreed with these harsh methods. He was investigating the effects of various medicinal substances on himself and other healthy volunteers when he deduced that an illness could be treated with a very small amount of a substance that, in larger quantities, could cause that illness. To avoid harmful effects from normal doses of the substances he diluted each medicine until he reached the greatest dilution that would still produce a response. These experiments were called provings and led him to observe and describe the basic principles of homeopathic medicine.
The Highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health; that is, The lifting and annihilation of disease in it’s entire extent in the shortest, most reliable and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable (in-seeable) principles.
ORGANON Aphorism 2: Samuel Hahnemann
Homeopathy is ideal for all stages of life and for a wide range of conditions. It is gentle, effective, and safe for everyone including infants, children, pregnant mothers, and even animals. The medicinal remedies won't interfere with any medications you are taking; they work with your specific immune system to restore it back to balance and strength. Homeopathy treats your whole system, not just specific symptoms, which allows everyone to benefit from its healing capabilities.
LifeStyle and Diet
A healthy diet, regular exercise, enough sleep and relaxation are all part of being healthy. Sometimes old habits are difficult to break however, many of my patients remark that after homeopathic treatment they are much healthier both physically and emotionally; healthy choices is easier to make and in a way that feels natural and effortless.
The remedy prescribed will be in pill form, which should be allowed to dissolve under the tongue or in a water potency. Nothing else should be put in the mouth for 15 minutes before and after taking the remedy.
You may be advised to avoid during your treatment.
It is possible that for a very short time, your symptoms may appear slightly worse. This is called a homeopathic aggravation and means the remedy is taking effect and you should feel the beginnings of recovery when this period has passed. Alternatively, patients often experience a period of well being and optimism.
If you develop any new symptoms during treatment, and have any questions, please feel free to contact me. It is important to keep careful track of any changes, that way we can discuss it at your next appointment.
How long is a course of treatment?
This depends on a number of factors:
The longer you wait before seeking treatment, the longer it takes to treat. When your body starts to show signs of imbalance or disease, don't hesitate, get help right away.
For acute (short-term) ailments, treatment can be very rapid.
Long standing complaints take time to treat. Homeopathy cures from the inside, and often outer symptoms such as a skin complaint, are the last to clear. Be patient! In the long term it is much better to address the underlying imbalance than merely relieving or suppressing the symptoms.
Every case is different, just as no two people are alike.
Homeopathic First Aid Home Care
Arnica – use first in all injury, for shock, pain, bleeding, etc. Symptoms include soreness and bruised feeling, shock (person may insist they are fine when they are obviously not), soreness from over-exertion, bruising. In early sprains, to promote healing.
Hypericum – used for injuries to nerve endings – crushed fingertips, tailbone injuries. Severe blows to head, spine or coccyx. To clean animal or human bites, or open burns (in tincture). Characteristic symptoms include shooting pains, worse from touch, cold, dampness, fog. Better from bending head back.
Ledum – use for puncture wounds, bruising (after Arnica), insect or animal bites, for fracture (after Arnica), black eye from a blow. The injured area can be cold and numb, relieved by cold. Worse at night, from warm applications and from the heat of bed.
Rhus tox – use for joint sprains (or Ruta), old sprains, poison ivy, poison oak. Characteristic symptoms include pain on first movement, better after continued motion, better from heat. Thirsty, restless, injured area is hot and swollen. Worse from cold, damp weather.
Ruta – use for injuries to tendons, wrist sprain, wrist ganglion, joint sprains (or Rhus tox), bruised bone, shin splints. Often is used if Rhus tox has not acted. Worse from cold, lying down, wet weather, rest.
Apis – use for bee stings, hives, jelly fish stings, stinging nettle rash. Symptoms include swelling, itching, redness, pains stinging and burning. Puffy swelling. Thirstlessness. Better from cold application, open air. Worse heat, touch, pressure.
Belladonna – use for heatstroke. The patient is hot, very red. Symptoms include throbbing, confusion. Better leaning the head back. (Versus Glonoine, which is better holding the head forward, better by cold application and cold air, can’t lie down because the pillow is beating.)
Ask about first aid home care at your next visit.
You should not, of course, attempt to treat any serious complaint yourself and if any apparently minor complaint does not respond to your first-aid treatment, you should contact my office immediately.