Homeopathy is probably one of the most misunderstood methods of medicine. Many people, including both die-hard supporters and fierce opponents of homeopathy, have made totally incorrect claims about this unique system of healing. I have heard totally inaccurate descriptions coming from both sides. It is NOT…
- a drug
- herbal remedies
- Chinese medicine
- allopathic/conventional/Western medicine
- primarily focusing on physical symptoms
- a "quick fix."
What Homeopathy Actually Is
Homeopathy is very much in a league of its own. It is a holistic, energy-based medicine that aims to inspire healing on every level - psychologically, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Homeopathy works on four core principles:
- Like cures like - this means to treat an ailment by utilizing the energetic properties of a substance that causes similar ailments. For example, a person could use homeopathic Sulphur to treat a skin ailment such as eczema or cellulitis. Sulphur in its original form produces similar symptoms when coming in contact with skin.
- Totality - homeopathic remedies are used to address the entire person, not just individual symptoms or conditions.
- Potentization - homeopathy uses remedies that are potentized,which means that they work on a more energetic level in enhancing health and well-being.
- Minimum dose - because homeopathy involves using potentized energy remedies, homeopaths use the least amount of doses necessary to rebalance the body's healing mechanisms.
Homeopathy aims to treat a person as a whole, unlike conventional medicine which focuses solely to suppress the specific ailment of a person.
Homeopathic Remedy Makeup
Homeopathic remedies are derived from various substances such as plants, herbs, minerals, and even animals. Through a series complex and long processes, known as potentization and succussion, the energetic properties of a specific type of substance are extracted and manifested into a sugar-pellet with its own potency.
While the remedy itself barely contains anything left of the original substance, it still retains the substance's energy and essence, which is the main component in the homeopathic remedy, and is used to find the right remedy for the patient and the totality of a person's symptoms. Therefore, homeopathic remedies are generally safe to use and do not interact with other medicines.
Because the makeup of each and every homeopathic remedy essentially consists of its own respective energy, this makes homeopathy very individualized, unlike the vast majorities of conventional and, even, alternative medicines.
Each person being treated homeopathically, based on their own unique symptoms, will require a remedy best suited for them. For example, even if ten people are undergoing severe grief, those same ten people will most likely receive their own remedy suited best for them and their individual symptoms.
What Homeopathy is Beneficial For?
In essence, homeopathy is full capable of resolving various kinds of chronic and acute mental, emotional, and physical ailments and issues. Whether alongside other forms of medicine or on its own, homeopathy has been well documented (both in clinical and anecdotal settings) in resolving health issues such as:
- Food Disorders
- Eye Problems
- Bone Pains & Discomforts
- Chronic & Acute Injuries.
- Prostate/Urinary Problems
- Chronic Body Pains
- Fears & Phobias
- Female Health/Hormonal Issues
- Circulatory Complications
- Skin Issues
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Chronic Fatigue
- Muscular Pains
- and much more!
Homeopathy Through The Ages
Centuries before modern homeopathy even existed, medical modalities using somewhat similar homeopathic approaches were being commonly employed by the physicians of those times. As early as 3500 years ago in India, a practice known as "visa chikitsa" was used to treat different types of poisonous animal bites using similar poisonous venoms. During Biblical and Talmudic times [approximately 2000-3500 years ago] other similar methods based on the "Law of Similars" were utilized [See Exodus 15:23-25; Talmud Tractate Yoma 83a]
Samuel Hahnemann - The Founder of Modern Homeopathy
The homeopathy that we know of today was developed and founded approximately 200 years ago by the renowned Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, an extremely prominent German physician of his time.
Upset with the often barbaric and even hazardous conventional, allopathic medicine of his era, he discovered homeopathy while translating a medical book describing the Law of Similars. He thereafter tested this theory by taking doses of Cinchona [Peruvian Bark], which produced symptoms of malaria. He then used the same Cinchona to heal himself. Noting the symptoms he produced, he conducted numerous experiments and treated numerous patients based on the “Law of Similars.” He noted the effectiveness of these homeopathic treatments as well as the fact that each patient required his/her own specific remedy to heal oneself, and that the main causes of illness stemmed from a person's derangement in their vital force, the spirit-like energy that animates all living things, basically a person's soul. In other words, Hahnemann contended that the main underlying causes of a person's illnesses were psychological/mental/emotional in nature; these causes are what manifest into physical illnesses and they manifest differently for each individual.
Furthermore, he noticed that rather than using large doses to ensure wellness, he saw that remedies used in lower doses, or potencies, effected greater, gentler results and resonated better with patients and their holistic healing process. Hahnemann wrote down the foundations, science, and philosophy of Homeopathy as well as his criticism of allopathic medicine in the Organon, the "Bible" of Homeopathy until this very day.
An Amazing System of Natural & Holistic Medicine Even For Today!
Since Hahnemann's time, homeopathy and its usage has spread from his native Germany throughout the world.
Despite envious opposition and propaganda by opponents, which was able to endanger the extinction of homeopathy in the USA between the 20s and 70s, it has nonetheless gained support and popularity among many prominent medical doctors and laymen, both of past and present. Many, if not all, of the unbiased research and clinical testing on homeopathy has proven its effectiveness and safety, as well as the truth of its principles.
According to the World Health Organization, homeopathy is the second most used system of healing in the world, ahead of both Chinese and even Western medicine(herbal medicine is #1). According to the same statistics, homeopathy is the fastest growing health modality in the world today.
From India, where homeopathy is fully integrated into the mainstream Indian healthcare system, to the United States, where it is now quickly becoming more mainstream than before, and everywhere in-between, homeopathy today is one of the most sought after medicines, currently being used by millions of people around the world.
As in Hahnemann's era, homeopathy is continuing its mission of providing holistic, energetic, and safe healing to all those who need it.
At Metro Integrative Pharmacy, we offer a wide range of homeopathic remedies to address a wide variety of chronic and acute mental, emotional, and physical ailments, as well as an on-site homeopath to help you achieve optimum health and wellness using homeopathy.
Ariel Baradarian, CC
Board Certified Homeopathic Practitioner
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This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition. The information in this article is for educational purposes only.