What Is Homeopathy?
It isn't herbal supplements, it isn't vitamins, it isn't magic.
Homeopathy is possibly the world's fastest growing form of health care. In fact, as a form of medicine, it has been in use for over 200 years.
Physician Samuel Hahnemann first used it when he became frustrated with the medical practices of his day (the late 1700s). He realized that things like bloodletting often did more harm than good, and gave up his medical practice to research and correct errors in medicine. He began reading and conducting studies on the principles of the Law of Similars.
At its simplest, homeopathy stimulates the body's innate healing ability. Dr. Hahnemann, a linguist who spoke more than 6 languages, coined the term by combining the Latin words homoion (“similar”) and pathein (“disease or suffering”).
“Let like be cured with like,” pronounced Hahnemann, “the highest ideal of cure is the speedy, gentle, and enduring restoration of health by the most trustworthy and least harmful way.”
His original work, The Organon of the Medical Art, is still in print today.
How Does It Work?
Think about how you feel after drinking way too much coffee. Symptoms could include a “wired” feeling and jittery nerves. Maybe your heart races or your hands shake, and you can't fall asleep. Using the principles of the Law of Similars, we get the homeopathic remedy coffea cruda.
It's made from unroasted coffee beans and diluted many, many, many times — and is used to alleviate the very symptoms you get from too much coffee. No matter what caused the symptoms in the first place!
The more diluted a remedy becomes, the more potent it is.
Why Should I Choose Homeopathy?
Homeopathy complements the innate healing wisdom of the body. It provides gentle yet effective treatment with little or no side effects, especially when compared to conventional pharmaceuticals.
200+ years of research and application supports it — including clinical studies and randomized controlled trials. Yet is less expensive than conventional medicine and won't interfere with conventional treatment.
The remedies are usually pleasant-tasting, quick-dissolve pellets or simple tinctures taken orally. They are not addictive or habit-forming.
Homeopathy is a highly individualized form of medicine that treats each person as a whole by getting to the root of the problem rather than a one-size-fits-all band-aid for your symptoms.
Who Should Use It?
Homeopathy is a good fit for anyone seeking to take charge of their own health. It offers self-sufficiency in healthcare for both people and animals.
Are you an independent-minded person who researches and seeks out nourishing foods, who values personal freedoms, and who invests in your, or your family's, education? Guess what, you're a likely candidate for homeopathy!
The key is learning how to use it. Basic strategies to use in acute situations are easy for beginners. Once you are comfortable with a few easy remedies, keep learning through books, podcasts, DVDs, and online courses. These will give you greater flexibility and wider options for self-care.
When Can I Use It?
Homeopathy is easily used for acute issues in both people and animals. Some of the day-to-day ailments that respond to homeopathic treatment include:
- eye and skin issues
- sore throats and colds
- poison ivy
- bee stings and insect bites
- strained tendons/ligaments/muscles
- broken bones
- bruises and abrasions
- blisters and burns
- ear infection
- food poisoning
- heat exhaustion
If seeking to heal a chronic condition, find an experienced practitioner to guide you in the best selection of remedies. A skillfully chosen remedy can heal seasonal allergies and hay fever, sinus conditions, arthritis and many other issues.
Someone trained in homeopathy can not only determine the remedy best suited to you — but also help you choose nutrient-dense foods to complement your recovery.
What Should I Use?
Over-the-counter brands such as Hylands, Boiron and Similasan can be purchased at most health food stores, many drugstores, and online through Amazon and Frontier. Other brands such as Energetix can be purchased through a health practitioner.
Some of the most common remedies to have on hand include:
- arnica montana for trauma, head injuries, pain and swelling from bruises and dental work
- apis mellifica for bee stings, hives, swelling, and itching
- aconitum napellus for pain, swelling and shock of sprained ankles
- croton tiglium and rhus tox work for poison ivy and other itchy, inflamed outbreaks
- ipecac for relentless vomiting
- influenzinum for family-wide flu prevention (see also this complete list of flu remedies)
- oscillococcinum for initial flu symptoms
- ruta graveolens for ligaments, braces pain, and back and shoulder pain
How Do I Take Care of My Remedies?
Each remedy, when properly stored, can last indefinitely without losing potency.
Don't expose them to high heat (don't leave them in your car during the summer or store them next to a radiator or fireplace).
Don't expose them to EMFs (don't store them near a microwave, computer, cell phone or phone charger).
Don't expose them to very strong odors or chemicals (don't store them near your essential oils, or near cleaning products, gasoline, or paint).
While using them avoid eating or using mint, peppermint, camphor, eucalyptus, or tea tree as these may neutralize the homeopathic remedy.
For further study see Joette Calabrese's website for online courses, podcasts, and informative blogs. She is also an extremely experienced practitioner who is available for consultation. Here is an off-branch to Joette's site as well.
What is your experience with homeopathy? Please share in the comments!
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