What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an alternative system of medicine. It is an individualized approach that stimulates the body to heal itself. Homeopathy treats all aspects of your health: physical, mental and emotional. It was founded by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, over 200 years ago and is the second most commonly used practice of medicine worldwide today.
The Law of Similars
The principle of “like cures like” is the foundation of homeopathy. Hahnemann based this principle on his discovery that when a healthy person ingested a large dose of a particular substance, the symptoms that occur could actually be treated by the same substance at a much lower dosage. For example coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation but, in a diluted form, can also be used to treat insomnia. Harnessing the body’s ability to heal itself in response to diluted doses of a substance underlies the basis of homeopathic medicine.
Homeopathic medicines – called “remedies”- are made by specialized pharmacies that use a specific method involving dilution and vigorous shaking (potentization) of a substance. Through this process, any toxicity in the substance is removed: the remedy is now more easily absorbed by the body, helping to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. Each remedy pellet is comprised of a sugar pill and a solution that includes water as well as the energy released from the original substance during the potentization process.
The remedy functions as a highly effective energetic form of medicine that does not have any side effects and is not harmful to the body. Remedies are most commonly derived from plants, animals or minerals. Each remedy can be taken along with other medications and will not interfere with conventional drugs prescribed by your doctor. Because remedies are gentle and safe, they can be used to treat virtually everyone, from babies and children to expectant mothers and the elderly.
Tips when taking a homeopathic remedy to ensure its effectiveness:
- Take a homeopathic remedy at least 15 minutes before or after having ingested food or drink or having brushed your teeth.
- Do not touch the remedy with your hands. Use the lid of the vial to dispense each pellet.
- The pellets should be deposited under your tongue. Allow them to dissolve. Do not chew or swallow them directly.
- Generally, 2-3 pellets per dose are prescribed. Increasing the number of pellets you take at one time does not increase the potency of a particular dose.
Most people will begin to see and feel positive changes within days of having taken a remedy. When I choose the remedy that fits you best, you will see positive changes in all aspects of your health – physically, mentally and emotionally. Beyond relief of the primary symptoms, my patients will often also report an increase in energy, better sleep and an overall sense of happiness and well-being.
In complex situations, sometimes I may choose a remedy that is close, but not an exact match, to the remedy best suited for you. In these cases, you will see improvements in many areas of your health but perhaps not in all areas of well-being. Follow-up appointments and discussions will help guide me to the best remedy for you. Like layers of an onion, ailments and complaints that have plagued you for years may take some time to be resolved but the journey along the way is sure to be a positive one. Unlike conventional medication, the body’s process of healing itself is a gentle and gradual process that occurs without disrupting your everyday life.