The practice of homeopathic medicine originated with Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s. Through his studies, Samuel observed that minute doses of a substance that caused an illness in a healthy person would also cure a sick individual of that illness. He termed this philosophy as the “Law of Similars” also stated as “like cures like.” Thus, homeopathy is the use of highly diluted, small doses of plant, animal or mineral substance to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself (its “Vital force”).
The treatment plan of homeopathy is not based on a particular disease. Rather, it is based on the totality of symptoms of the individual. All aspects of the individual are examined including the mental, emotional and the physical state, as each of these is unique to the patient.
The two mains types of practices in homeopathy are classical and polypharmacy. Classical homeopathy is the use of the single best remedy that fits the symptom picture of the individual. The remedy can be given at a low potency (dilution) or a higher potency depending on the nature and severity of the symptomology. Polypharmacy (or complex homeopathy) is the use of a combination of several remedies, of a low potency, that complement each other. Generally these are used for acute situations or drainage of certain systems.
The dilution or potencies can be labeled as: X or D (1: 10 dilution), CH or K (1:100dilution), MK (1:1000 dilution), or LMK (1:50000 dilution). The number in front of the letter (e.g. 6X or 30CH) indicates the number of times the substance was diluted for that remedy. The end result is, the higher the potency the less the actual initial substance and the stronger the remedy.
Homeopathic medicines generally come in liquid, pellets or tablet form. They are best taken 15 - 30 minutes away from food and particularly away from strong odors and caffeine. They are placed under the tongue to allow for sublingual absorption. They are prescribed at short intervals for acute or aggressive situations or longer intervals for chronic cases.
Homeopathy is a safe and effective treatment method. It can be used on people of all ages from newborns to the elderly without the worry of any side effects. Visit your local health store for complex homeopathic remedies or for a thorough homeopathic consultation talk to your homeopathic or naturopathic doctor.
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