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Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a non-toxic system of medicine used to treat a wide variety of health concerns. It is defined as "a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, when used in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated".

In the late 18th century, a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann came upon a passage claiming that the quinine-containing Peruvian bark (chinchona) cured malaria. Using himself as a subject, Hahnemann swallowed a dose of Peruvian bark. He began to feel feverish, drowsy, desperately thirsty, and agitated—all of which he recognized as symptoms of malaria. This caused Hahnemann to experiment further and form his theory that like cures like, or the Law of Similars. This law states that when a substance in large doses causes certain symptoms, in small doses it can cure these same symptoms. Some treatments in conventional medicine rely on this like-cures-like principle; vaccines, for instance, introduce small doses of an illness-causing agent to prevent disease.

Other important principles of homeopathy are dilution and succussion. Remedies are diluted and then "succussed," or shaken, in order to increase their potency. The process of successive dilution and succussion is called potentization.

 

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What is Homeopathy?

by: Cori Young


Homeopathy is a non-toxic system of medicine used to treat a wide variety of health concerns.

It is based on the Law of Similars and potentization. Basically, the Law of Similars is the premise that because exposure to a given substance can cause specific symptoms in someone who is healthy, then that substance - given as a homeopathic remedy - will stimulate the body's own curative powers to overcome similar symptoms during illness.

A common example used to describe this effect is that of the person chopping an onion ~ When a healthy person chops an onion they usually get watery eyes, and a a runny nose. They may even experience sneezing or coughing, from exposure to the active substances in the onion.

The homeopathic remedy, Allium cepa, made of potentized red onion, can help the body overcome a cold or allergy attack in which the person has similar symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing.)

Even though the symptoms were not caused by exposure to an onion, the remedy made from the onion can help the body overcome them, because the symptoms are similar.

Is Homeopathy Effective?

Millions of people have used homeopathic remedies to treat every conceivable type of ailment and symptom. Despite misconceptions, homeopathy is just as scientific as allopathic medicine.

Homeopathy does not base its effectiveness on animal experiments which have little relevance to humans, and prescribing is not based on empirical, or accidental discovery of effects, but on a rational, systematic observation of the effects of remedies on healthy and sick people.

What are the Advantages of Homeopathy?

SAFETY

Homeopathy enjoys an excellent reputation in part because it is given in such minute doses that it can be safely used to treat anyone. Pregnant women, new born babies, children and weak or elderly people may all use the appropriate dosages of homeopathic remedies without dangerous side effects. Homeopthic doses of certain herbs are appropriate for certain individuals (like colicky babes,) when a standard herbal dosage would be too strong.

NON-TOXIC ~ NON-SYNTHETIC

Homeopathy does not use synthetic substances, but relies on the healing properties inherent in plants, minerals, and animal substances. These substances are used in their whole, natural state, not as isolated chemicals.

CONSISTENCY

Homeopathy is not based on 'fad' research. Homeopathic remedies do not go in and out of fashion because they are based on indications for specific symptoms rather than on 'opposites'.

Easy to Take

Most homeopathic remedies have a very mild, sweet taste and are meant to disolve under the tongue.

Even very small children can take them, which is very handy.

They come in small bottles that can be easily carried with you.

Understanding Potencies

Homeopathic remedies are prepared through a process called potentization. Potentization involves a series of systematic dilutions and successions (a forceful shaking action).

Potentization removes all risk of chemical toxicity while activating a remedy substance and enabling it to affect the body therapeutically.

The more dilutions and succussions a substance undergoes, the higher the potency will be. Higher potencies of homeopathic remedies (anything higher than 12C) have been diluted past the point that molecules of the original substance would be measurable in the solution.

Homeopathic potencies are designated by the combination of a number and a letter (for example, 6X or 30C).

The number refers to the number of dilutions the tincture has undergone within a series to prepare that remedy.

The letter refers to the proportions used in each dilution of the series (the Roman numeral X means 10, and the Roman numeral C means 100), as well as the number of succussions the vial of solution undergoes in each successive stage.

Choosing the Appropriate Remedy

A key element in treating successfully with homeopathy is selecting the right remedy.

It is best to farmiliarize yourself with homeopathic remedies before you need them so you can have a vague idea in mind of what remedy may be called for.

Get yourself a good book like, The Complete Homeopathy Handbook: A Guide to Everyday Health Care, by Miranda Castro to have on hand.

Basically, when looking for a remedy you want to consider both physical and psychological symptoms.

Physical Symptoms

Homeopathic remedies promote a return to normal body function, and can be of help in almost any physical symptom or condition. Though they their work on a subtle level, they ultimately affect the chemical, cellular, and structural health of the organism.

Psychological Symptoms

Psychological states are a crucial piece of the symptom-puzzle. Even when treating a purely physical ailment,homeopathy considers the emotional response of the individual to be of prime importance. Improvement of an emotional state is one way to monitor the effectiveness of a remedy.

About The Author

Cori Young is an herbalist living in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information on healing with herbs, visit her website,
Herbal Remedies Info (http://www.herbalremediesinfo.com)
cori@herbalremediesinfo.com

 

Want To Become a Homeopathic Practitioner?

If you are interested in studying Homeopathy, the typical course outline would include the list below and take approximately 4 Years full-time

COURSE OUTLINE

**THE HISTORY OF HOMEOPATHY

An overview of the history and evolution of homeopathy will be discussed throughout the course. The emphasis will be on learning how the great masters of homeopathy practiced and to be able to recognize the numerous versions of non-Hahnemannian homepathy. Students will learn the value of the most important works in homeopathy.

**THE PHILOSOPHY OF HOMEOPATHY

This part of the program presents the fundamental principles of homeopathic doctrine through the study of important works such as the Organon and Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases.

A. The Basis of Medicine

  1. 1. Medicine: the definition of medicine, the scope of medicine, five basic principles of classical medicine
  2. The physician: the definition of a physician, the mission of the physician, including the two main objectives of the physician and the two basic requirements of the physician
  3. The Vital Force
  4. Health: the definition of health, the determinants of health
  5. Disease: the definition of disease, the phenomenon of great diversity, disease vs. aging, definition of acute disease, acute collective disease, definition of chronic disease, real vs. apparent disease, the causa occasionalis, the concept of artificial disease
  6. Causes and factors of disease
  7. Multifactorial phenomena: endogenous causes and factors (heredity vs. acquired predispositions, the untunement of the vital force), exogenous causes and factors, hygiene, mediate vs. immediate causes, primary vs. secondary causes
  8. Different types of intervention: preventive, supportive, suppressive, curative, palliative
  9. The therapeutic ideal

B. Homeopathy: The Science of Therapeutics

  1. The definition of homeopathy
  2. The ten fundamental principles of homeopathy
  3. The scope, limits and possibilities of homeopathy
  4. The place of homeopathy in medicine
  5. The qualities, disposition and knowledge required to practice homeopathy
  6. How to study homeopathy: an overview of the important works
  7. Other types of medicinal practice: antipathy, allopathy, isopathy
  8. Differences between homeopathic practice and other types of medical practice
  9. Cure vs. Recovery
  10. The role of hygiene in the practice of homeopathy
  11. The role of complementary care
  12. The question of miasm: concept of acute and chronic miasms as seen by Hahnemann: limitation of the vital force, evolution of chronic diseases, question of suppression, theory of healing with homeopathy
  13. The evolution of the concept of miasm through pseudo-Hahnemannian trends
  14. The concept of miasm today: phenomenon of susceptibility and immunity

**THE PRACTICE OF HOMEOPATHY

The main emphasis of this part of the course is to help the student develop a keen sense of observation and a deep understanding of the patient in the application of the strict inductive method of Hahnemann.

A. Case Taking

The interview: a thorough review of the basic method, different strategies and interpretation of different answers

  1. The art of perception
  2. Horizontal and vertical vision
  3. Objective symptoms
  4. Examination of the patient
  5. Case taking of the acute patient
  6. Case taking of the infant
  7. Case taking of the unconscious patient
  8. Keeping good clinical records

B. Case Analysis

  1. The totality of symptoms
  2. Classification and valuation of syptoms
  3. Finding the genius of the case
  4. Finding the simillimum
  5. Dissimilar diseases
  6. Complex diseases

C. Repertorization

D. The Prescription

  1. The single remedy
  2. Optimal posology: the minimum dose, the single dose and the repetition of the remedy

E. The Follow-up Visit

  1. The interview
  2. The direction of cure
  3. The homeopathic aggravation
  4. The homeopathic prognosis

F. The Second Prescription

  1. Learning to wait
  2. Change of potency
  3. Change of remedy
  4. The Simile vs. the Simillimum
  5. The placebo

G. Difficult Cases

  1. Defective Cases
  2. The hypersensitive patient
  3. Patients taking allopathic drugs/antidoting factors
  4. Patients with advanced organic disease
  5. Homeopathy and palliation

H. Homeopathy and Prophylaxis

I. Diet, Regimen and Supportive Measures during treatment

  1. In acute diseases
  2. In chronic diseases
  3. Factors that may affect the remedy and the curative response of the patient

J. The Use of the Computer in Homeopathy

**MATERIA MEDICA

The objectives of this section are to first have the student understand how to study and research the Materia Medica with a review of the most important works and their use, and secondly, to develop an understanding of the most used remedies through comparative Materia Medica.

A. How to study the Materia Media

B. The lesser used remedies

C. The acute remedies

D. The chronic remedies

**CLINICAL SUBJECTS

Throughout the course, the student will learn to differentiate the characteristic from the common symptoms in each disease category. This is an essential part of practicing homeopathy well. Students will learn to interpret symptoms in the language of the repertory as well as differential materia medica. Clinical subjects will be developed by conditions as well as systems, and include: neurology, epilepsy, pneumonia, rheumatology, psychiatry and surgery & advanced first aid.

**CLINICAL PRACTICE

This part of the course consists of live case taking of patients, case analysis, repertorization, prescription and follow-up visits. Here the student can develop the practical skills needed to practice homeopathy with excellence.

 



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