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Homeopathy - a gentle way to health
Homeopathy is a system of medical therapy that concentrates on care of the whole person by methods that are gentle and sympathetic to the body's needs. It developed from investigations carried out in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by a distinguished German Physician, Chemist and Linguist, Dr Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (10 April 1755 - 2 July 1843) and subsequently, Homeopath.
"Like cures like"
The Law of Similars is the basis of Homeopathic medicine and is reflected in its name, which is derived from two Greek words, Homoios (like/similar) and Pathos (suffering). It states that a substance when given to a healthy person produces an array of symptoms; this substance will then be used to cure a sick person that presents with the same set of symptoms.
The Minimum Dose
The second, equally important, concept is the use of the minimum dose. This is the smallest quantity and fewest repetitions of the medicine used in order to stimulate the body to produce the desired healing and repair process. As the objective in Homeopathy is to strengthen/enable the body to do its precise and complete healing, one only needs to get the ball rolling in the right direction and then observe to see that the healing is finished without the possible need for additional stimulation (i.e. medication).
Homeopathy is Safe
While its medicines are powerful in action, working with the body's own defences, their actual measurable strength is too low to give rise to the undesirable side-effects (or drug interactions) that many modern drugs produce in orthodox medicine. Making homeopathic medicine safe for use in all stages of life.
The Homeopathic Medicines
Homeopathic medicines are different to conventional medication in strength, mixture, dosage and manufacture.
The medicines are made from many substances. Mostly plant based, but also derived from mineral, and animal sources have all been 'proven' (e.i. established their medicinal properties), and there are now over 3000 different substances in use.
These are diluted to set formulae, and the various resulting potencies (strengths) are administered by the practitioners in accordance with the patient's needs.
How to Take the Medicines
Tablets and powders must be allowed to dissolve in the mouth. Always wait 15 minutes after eating or drinking before taking the medicine, and do not eat or drink (or smoke) for another 15 minutes after it has dissolved. Pills can be crushed with the teeth to speed up the process.
Keep your medicine in a cool dark place, away from any strongly scented items.
The Homeopathic View of Disease
A Homeopathic Doctor regards symptoms not just as the expression of disease, but as an indication of the body's own attempts to heal itself. They seeks to discover the underlying cause of the problem. This may be mental, emotional, physical, or a combination of these factors. The practitioner will question the patient closely to get a very complete picture of the whole person, and to identify the unique way your bodies defence mechanisms have responded to this cause.
The doctor will then seek to find a homeopathic medicine that will stimulate and strengthen the process that is already going on, one which follows through and works with the body's own defence mechanisms, resulting in a restoration of health.
The medicine is chosen that most closely fits all aspects of the problem, mental, emotional as well as physical.
Chronic & Acute Disease
Hahnemann's observations led him to define two general classes of disease, acute and chronic. He described an acute disease as "Such affections usually run their course within a brief period of time." Influenza, for instance, would be classed as an acute disease.
Chronic diseases, however, are deep-rooted conditions which usually worsen with time. This class of illness includes inherited tendencies, and susceptibilities such as asthma and arthritis.
Both categories of illness respond well to homeopathy, but while an acute condition may clear up rapidly, chronic disease involves complex causes which take time to unravel and heal.
What the Patient Can Expect
After the first consultation and prescription the patient will usually not have another appointment for 3 or 4 weeks, (unless the condition is acute or required closer monitoring). This is to give the medicine and the patient's defence mechanism time to respond. Occasionally this response will include a slight exacerbation of a particular symptom, for a few hours.