Homeopathy Explained – Part Two
27th February 2007 by Arrow Durfee Posted in Homeopathy
Author: Arrow Durfee LPN DiHom
Homeopathy is a system of healthcare that acknowledges that the human body is more than a complex of chemical equations. This system of therapy delves deeply into the concept of the totality of a person which includes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. These aspects are studied and through this study a remedy is selected that will bring alignment and integration to the energy of the body, allowing the body to heal itself. Remedies work in an energetic way that stimulate the natural process of healing. Homeopathy is sometimes refereed to as energetic medicine for the spirit mind and body. Homoepathy is not naturopathy which is the art science of using natural remedies such as herbs, diet, exercise, vitamins, mediatation, hydrotherapy, etc. for the alleviation of disease conditions.
In many nations around the world homeopathy is not considered as an alternative medical choice. It stands side by side with the medicine we have come to know as traditional in the United States. There are thousands of homeopathic practitioners who work in clinics and hospitals.
What is a dilute and potenized remedy?
The remedies that a homeopath will use are specially prepared to make them powerful yet gentle substances that will help to shift the body into processes of healing.
The main premise it that, that which will cause a disease will also cure a similar disease when given in a dilute and potenized form. Though a deep study and analysis over two centuries many homeopathic remedies have been developed. It has been found that any substance that produces symptoms in a person will also cure those very same symptoms when given in an extremely dilute and potenized form to a person who exhibits similar symptoms in their disease process.
Remedies are made of many different things from the natural and chemical world. Some come from plants and animals, others from compound chemicals or elements we know from the periodic table. These individual substances are diluted and then potenized though the act of percussion many times over. So many times in fact that the original substance cannot be found by a chemist in most homeopathic remedies. Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, discovered through a lifetime of experimentation and research that the more dilute and potenized a substance is the greater its healing capabilities become. Because of the nature of the homeopathic preparation the remedies are nontoxic and safe for children, during pregnancy and for nursing mothers and baby.
What is a Proving?
To determine what symptoms that any particular homeopathic medicine may treat and cure the medicine is given to basically healthy people in a controlled study called a proving. The proving is administered as a double blind placebo controlled study of the substance of interest on healthy human volunteers. A record is made of the symptoms that the substance in potenized form induces in these so-called “provers.” No information is given to the provers as to what the substance may be or results of any other proving on the substance that may have been previously done. The symptoms that the remedy stimulates in these healthy provers, both men and women, are the symptoms that the remedy will cure when they are present in an actual disease. Symptoms in provers are usually short lived and pass away spontaneously. Many provers report a strengthening of their system after doing a proving and not infrequently, a long-standing medical problem disappears during or after the study. In the early days of homeopathy the provings were often done with the crude substance or in very low potency like 1x or 2x (x equals a one to ten ratio in the dilution process). Today, generally, provings are done with 30c (c means centesimal and equals a one to one hundred dilution ratio. In a 30c it has been diluted in a 1 to 99 ratio thirty times over) which is extremely dilute and beyond Avagradro’s number. Some people are very sensitive to remedies and make good provers. Usually a group of provers are enlisted to do a proving because each person only experiences a few symptoms. The predominant and strongest symptoms experienced amongst the group become a part of the remedy picture. Many of the provings have been confirmed and repeated by homeopathic doctors and students over the years. Some remedies have never been proven but have gained reputation through clinical experience. The homeopathic materia medica books which are compiled from provings and clinical evidence provide to science the most complete studies of toxicology that exists.
What is a symptom?
A symptom is any abnormal occurrence in the body or mind that tells you that something is not right. In homeopathy symptoms are considered as signs of the body’s attempt to correct a wrong. A rash, a drainage, a cough, are all symptoms of the body’s effort to eliminate a toxin. Pain is the symptom that tells the homeopath that the body is under stress. Emotional and or mental symptoms such as depression, fear, anger, insecurity or unusual predispositons in behavior are considered of significant importance in selecting a remedy. Symptoms may also include desires for warmth or cold, air circulation or stillness, company or isolation, likes or dislikes of music, food, various weather condition. All symptomology needs to be brought into the light and discussed and considered in the selection of a remedy.
What kind of things can one expect to receive help with in homeopathy?
Acne, abscess, allergy, arterial diseases, acute trauma from laceration, falls, burns, autoimmune diseases, broken bones, bee stings and animal bites, bruises bulimia, cataracts, carbuncles, colds and coughs, cystitis, conjunctivitis, constipation, cysts, delirium, depression, diarrhea, emotional stress, fevers, flus, goiter, heart disease, hearing loss, hemorrhoids, immune deficiencies, insomnia, liver complaints, gall bladder problems, acid reflux, vertigo, headaches, arthritis, dental problems, wounds that won’t heal, old head injuries, PMS, memory loss, osteoporosis, edemas, wounds that won’t heal, old head injuries, ADD and hyperactivity disorder, have all been documented to respond positively to homeopathic care. Many surgeries can be avoided if homeopathy is chosen first, Although homeopathic consultation and care can help with a wide variety of problems, it does not replace the need for standard medical consultation in serious conditions and emergency medicine remains paramount in the homeopath’s mind for severe injury and heroic treatments when needed. Homeopathy is compatible with standard medical treatment and there is no risk in combining systems. If you take serious allopathic medications you must continue with your medical doctor to monitor administration of these medicines. Through a wide variety of testing procedures your medical doctor can keep you updated on your progress from a technical perspective.
Remember, a homeopath does not treat any specific disease. Through analyzing the total symptom picture they address the whole person, rebalancing and increasing the energy within the body, mind and emotional being so that the body can re-establish order and heal itself.
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