A form of natural health care, homeopathy has been used for more than 200 years by people across the world to manage both acute and chronic ailments. The World Health Organization reports that homeopathy is the second largest healing modality used in the world with more than 30 million people in Europe and other countries using it to deal with illnesses. In the USA, the FDA has approved this modality and declared it to be safe and effective. Perhaps, the biggest positive of homeopathy is that it works by stimulating the natural healing capabilities of the body.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy was developed by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann who lived from 1755 to 1843. After creating the treatment process, he named it by combining two Greek words for “similar suffering” and connected it to the “like cure like” principle of healing. Homeopathy as a healing modality has been practiced since 200 years and in this time it has acquired a great deal of refinement. It is based on the principle that the human body is capable of curing ailments and only needs the appropriate stimulus that can set off the repairing and healing process. The symptoms shown by the body are indicative of the steps it is taking to address the illness. Homeopathic medicines aim to create the same symptoms within the body in an attempt to deliver the information it needs to begin the healing.
Principles of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is based on three basic principles:
Principle 1: “Like Cures Like”
This principle says that any element that can cause specific symptoms in a healthy person can stimulate similar symptoms in a sick person. As a result, the body will recognize the stimulus to begin the healing process. To cite a few examples, poison ivy can set off allergic reactions like blisters, burning sensations, intense irritation, redness, and muscle stiffness. Thus, it can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema, herpes, and arthritis, all of which have symptoms that are similar to reactions from poison ivy.
To cite another example, when you chop onions, your eyes start to water and you have a burning sensation in the nose. In that case, extracts from onions can be used to treat allergies like hay fever since it has a reaction similar to that of onions. Accordingly, homeopathic practitioners create medicines from more than three thousand substances found in nature to treat illnesses ranging from basic flu, colds, coughs, and arthritis to major ailments like cancer.
Principle 2: “Minimum Dose”
As against the practice of conventional medicine to raise the dosage of the medicine in proportion to the severity of the symptoms, homeopathy believes in administering only the minimum amount of medication. The dosage given is just sufficient to evoke the necessary response in the body. This practice eliminates the possibility of any side effects and adverse reactions to the medicines that can often happen with other treatments. Hahnemann diluted the medicines successively while agitating them so they would help in the healing but not hurt the body.
Principle 3: “Single Remedy”
Homeopathy believes in prescribing only a single treatment at a given time. This principle is based on the premise that taking a cocktail of medicines could induce a mixed reaction in the body. For this reason, practitioners prescribe a single medicine and watch for its effects that are not confused by the results from multiple treatments.
How the Treatment is Conducted
When you sign up for a homeopathic treatment, you can expect that the consultant might request you to come in for more than one initial diagnoses. Here’s what happens:
- The practitioner will ask you a series of questions designed to understand everything about you including the food you like to eat, your daily routine and habits, and sleep patterns. You’ll also answer queries related to your emotional state, temperament, and personality. You must also let the consultant know the complete details of your medical history.
- While the first session could take an hour, subsequent sessions could be for around 30 minutes.
- You could consider writing down any details about your illness that may be relevant beforehand. Many consultants also request you to come in with a filled questionnaire to help speed up the diagnosis.
- Homeopathy does not match you to a preset list of symptoms. Instead, it views you as a complete individual that is an amalgamation of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual facets and designs the treatment to match all these facets.
- Each treatment program is formulated keeping your individual needs in mind. In addition to helping you will the illnesses and ailments you may have, the treatment also aims to help you prevent ailments by boosting your immunity.
- The medication is specifically created to provide the necessary stimulus to your body. It is likely to be mild, yet very effective. Homeopathic medicines are never addictive or tested on animals.
- You’ll receive a tincture, liquid, capsule, or pills with directions on how to take them.
- You will be asked to come in at regular intervals so the practitioner can assess the results and work out the future course of treatment. Creams and gels are also given depending on the condition being treated.
Treating your medical or aesthetic issues with homeopathy can be ideal for people who cannot tolerate conventional medical treatments. If you’re prone to drug allergies and have adverse reactions from medicines, you could consider opting for homeopathy. It is safe to use when taken under the supervision and directions of a certified practitioner. Allow homeopathy to stimulate the natural healing processes of your body so that you’re rid of the problem for good.
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