Homeopathy is a gentle, holistic system of healing, suitable for everyone, young and old. It focuses on you as an individual, concentrating on treating your specific physical and emotional symptoms, to give long-lasting benefits. Homeopathy can offer health care, which is both effective and extremely economical.
How Does It Work?
Homeopathy is a gentle natural therapeutic system that not only heals physical ailments, but also touches the soul. Hence it is based on affection for our patients, respect for the human condition, and compassion towards the foibles and weaknesses of humanity.
Homeopathy is a system of medical therapeutics based upon a fundamental law of nature known as The Law of Similars, a law that is unchangeable and constant, such as the law of gravity. This law enunciates that those symptoms that a substance can cause when administered to a healthy person, are the very symptoms, which that substance can heal when administered to a sick person. This law was coined by Hahnemann and accurately expressed in Latin “Similia Similibus Curentur” which translates ‘let like be cured by like’. The correct application of this law enables the physician to bring about a full recovery in curable conditions and to bring relief to those cases that are beyond cure. Hence, homeopathy is a system of therapeutics, which is not suppressive or palliative or a replacement therapy. Homeopathy is a gentle deeply healing system. It works with the body’s own healing energy (Vital Force) to strengthen it and views symptoms of illness as normal responses of the body, as it attempts to regain health.
Homeopathy acts by restoring the patient’s constitution to a state of on-going vigour, health and balance, experienced both mentally and physically. It achieves this by utilising, stimulating and enhancing the body’s own curative, defensive and recuperative powers. The remedy that fulfils this criterion is the one that best matches or mirrors the patient’s mental, emotional and physical condition, best known as the homeopathic ‘simillimum’ – the remedy most ‘like’.
Homeopathy & Homeopathic Medicine
In modern times, when we are faced with viral epidemics such as the one of December 2012 outbreak of monovirusinfection with severe vomiting, marked nausea, projectile vomiting, watery diarrhea and strong abdominal cramps, with associated prostration, weakness, muscle pains, headaches and low-grade fever, characterizing this condition as severe viral gastroenteritis. This disease is highly contagious, infects thousands and has led to the closing of schools and hospital wards.
The symptom picture of this particular gastroenteritis, is identical to that caused by crude arsenic poisoning, pointing to Arsenicum album (Ars alb) as the homeopathic remedy of choice for this incapacitating condition. This specific remedy is a well-known remedy for gastroenteritis in homeopathic households and a remedy that should never be missing from any homeopathic self-aid medicine kit.
When correctly chosen homeopathic remedies act promptly, both clinically and prophylactically, bringing about a gentle, speedy and permanent state of well being as well as potentially halting contagiousness (when used prophylactically). Hence the ultimate goal of homeopathic treatment goes beyond relieving symptoms and even beyond preventing recurrence, but will help the patient to live to his fullest capacity, whether mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and physically. It is truly rewarding to witness patients using their newfound health and energy in fulfilling their destined role in life. Hahnemann expressed this concept beautifully, defining health as the state in which “our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself on this living, healthy instrument (the body) for the higher purpose of our existence.”
Therefore, Homeopathy requires more than just knowledge. Homeopathy is based on affection for our patients, respect for the human condition, and compassion towards the foibles and weaknesses of humanity.
Homeopathy for Babies
There are at least three good reasons. The first is that homeopathic remedies are completely safe and non-toxic thus can be administered harmlessly to breast-feeding mums as well as babies from the first day of life onward. The second reason is that the remedies work by stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms, and the third reason is that by understanding health and understanding people from a homeopathic perspective really helps to understand not only illnesses but also about the general health and development of our newborn.
Homeopathy for Children
Parenting is a precious gift. But a parent’s life is always overloaded with multiple responsibilities. And children’s health is one of the most concerning aspects of parenthood. Although homeopathy works well in variety of diseases, it has special affinity for childhood problems. Bellow are some unique benefits of homeopathy in treatment of common childhood problems.
Promotes a natural healthy state. Homeopathy is a type of medicine in which the self-healing power of the body is stimulated. This self-healing power is often greater in children than older people. In a child, everything is young and busting with energy, including the power of recovery, which is why homeopathy is particularly suited for children. Especially for recurrent conditions, chronic illnesses and behaviour problems homeopathy can play an important role. When necessary, conventional medications can be given at the same time as homeopathic remedies. In these cases the homeopath may confer with the primary care doctor(the family doctor) or the specialist. Well chosen remedies can help stabilise children physically as well as mentally, thereby increasing the chances for growth and development. If children feel comfortable, their demeanour usually also improves.
Increases immunity and body’s resistance, naturally. According to homeopathic principle, when a person suffers from any disease state his vital force (immunity) becomes unbalanced. Homeopathic medicines act directly on the vital force making it stronger. Children have a delicate immune system therefore it is an excellent option to address childhood illnesses.
Complements other therapies in a noticeable way. Homeopathic remedies are manufactured in a special way, containing no chemical substances; therefore they can be used along conventional drugs without the risk of chemical/drug interactions. An example is asthma where most of the times it is necessary to use inhalers and other indicated conventional drugs. While the conventional medication/chemical drugs will act on the physical level addressing physical symptoms, the homeopathic medicines are imponderable, dynamic in form, resolving the disease process at a causative level, while encouraging and stimulating the inherent capacity of the body to heal itself. Hence, they will be acting on the patient’s subtle energetic level. As the patient improves, conventional medicines can be tapered down gradually, by the GP or specialist.
Children just love it. Children often resist taking conventional medicines. They might refuse, get irritated, and in case of feverish conditions may vomit them straight away. All homeopathic medicines are administered in the form of a tiny sweet pellets easily dissolved on the tongue or diluted in water. Children accept them well, and most of the times love them too!
Can be easily used at home for treatment of minor illnesses. The method of dispensing medicine is also very simple. So after learning some basic principles every mom can use it at home for treatment of common childhood problems. But for serious health concerns, medical supervision is compulsory. Homeopathic medicine for children and infants is a great book written by Dana Ullman. In this book, he explains what is homeopathy, how it works, how it can be used correctly to treat common childhood ailments, etc. He included a complete guide to the use of homeopathy and valuable information on the important remedies that all parents have in their home medicine kits.
HOMEOPATHY VERSUS ALLOPATHY
Homeopathy does not address ‘diseases’ as such, but rather ‘sick people’ as individuals. This might seem as a too fine of a difference but has proved to be a pivotally insightful distinction between homeopathy and allopathy nevertheless.