Homeopathic treatment stimulates the innate healing capacity of the person such that all physiological systems function at optimum levels. When a homeopathic treatment begins to act, localized symptoms improve and strengthened body defenses become active. The homeopathic remedy does not treat a single symptom or condition, rather it simply initiates or stimulates a deeper, general healing process for the whole person.
The principles of homeopathy were first developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s. He was a German physician, who gave up his practice of conventional medicine when he found the therapies of his time were not only ineffective, but extremely harmful to the patient.
He later resumed practice when he discovered in homeopathy, a means to help people gently, rapidly and safely. Homeopathy rapidly spread throughout Europe and the United States where, at the beginning of this century, 15 to 20 percent of all doctors used homeopathy. His ideas have remained valid for nearly 200 years.
Principles that guide the understanding and application of homeopathy:
Homeopathy is based on the Law of Similars – similia similibus curentur or “let like be cured by like”. A substance administered in large dosages to a healthy person will produce specific, sometimes dramatic, symptoms. When this substance is administered in minute doses, it will stimulate a healing reaction in the body to relieve those same symptoms.
The Single Remedy
The homeopathic physician, in most cases, gives only one medication at a time to a sick person. Depending upon the nature of the case, remedies may be given several times a day, once a day or as infrequently as once every few months.
The physician gives the smallest dose that will maximize beneficial effects and minimize adverse reactions. Homeopathic doses are so small that they will usually do nothing if the remedy is not correctly indicated. If it is the correctly indicated remedy then the patient may feel some discomfort while old symptoms because there are prescribed in such minute doses, homeopathic medicines are completely non-toxic. Short term aggravation of symptoms may occur in patients who are extremely sensitive to the medication.
Homeopathic Case Taking
The most essential aspect of effective homeopathic treatment is the information that you, the patient, provide the doctor. The interview involves extensive questioning that may cover unfamiliar ground for those who are used to a few quick questions from a busy doctor. The doctor will want you to describe your symptoms in as much detail as possible. Include everything that seems characteristic of you condition. In addition to hearing about your specific symptoms, the homeopathic doctor needs to know about you in general. How vital and energetic you feel, how you are affected by weather, temperature, time of day, eating, sleeping, etc.. What makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse. The doctor will also want you to discuss your mental and emotional experiences. What your most characteristic emotional patterns are. How you express your emotions. How you respond to different kinds
The information you provide and sometimes other information such as a physical examination and/or laboratory tests will allow the right homeopathic remedy to be prescribed. Both acute and chronic conditions can be treated with homeopathy.
Homeopathy may be used as the only therapy, in may be incorporated into a broader treatment program with other natural therapies, or several homeopathic remedies may be used in different stages in the healing process. It is important to have a follow-up appointment once you have been given a homeopathic remedy. Depending upon your unique response to a remedy, a new homeopathic remedy may be needed to accomplish complete recovery.