What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. In 1796 a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered this different approach to medicine. He had become frustrated by the dangers of conventional medicine and searched for a form of medicine that would be gentle, and extremely effective. Homeopathy is based on the law of similar (“like cures like”). Which means, the disease a medicine can cause, it can also cure.
Ok, so what does that mean? Often, as homeopath’s we use the analogy of the onion. Imagine it’s a cool, clear Spring day and you are making a fresh salad in your kitchen. You chop the tomatoes and cucumbers, tear the romaine lettuce, then you begin to cut a large red onion. All of a sudden your eyes begin to burn and the tears start to well up, whew! Instinctively you walk outside to get some fresh air and you notice that almost immediately you’re eyes are no longer burning and the tears stop falling. You have just conducted what homeopaths call a proving. A heavy dose of onion was given to a healthy individual and it produced a certain effect. The symptoms produced by cutting an onion are strikingly similar to what some people experience when they have seasonal allergies. So, for those patients that fit this specific picture a skilled homeopathy would prescribe onion, or in latin, allium cepa to resolve that patients allergies.
Is it really that simple?
Yes, that simple and as I’m about to explain, that complex. One person’s allergies are not necessarily exactly the same as another person’s allergies. A patient with different symptoms would receive a different remedy that covered their specific symptoms. Homeopaths use symptoms as guideposts to finding the best indicated remedy, while always keeping in mind the whole person. Symptoms are the expression of the imbalance within the body and these may include anything from anger to a strange itch that moves the minute you scratch it!
Is homeopathy safe?
Homeopathy is safe and effective in both acute and chronic disease without side-effects. Pregnant women and babies can use this therapy without concern. Homeopathy can be taken without the danger of drug interactions, addictions or side-effects. The remedies are made of very diluted natural substances, such as plant or mineral. This extreme dilution is what makes the remedy safe. Whether you have health concerns about anxiety, depression, asthma, acne, IBS, a urinary tract infection, acid reflux, restless leg syndrome, the flu, autoimmune disease or an irregular menstrual cycle homeopathy can help.
How quickly will I get better?
This depends on what sort of illness you have and how long you have had it. A very slowly developing complaint, such as a stomach ulcer or arthritis will not disappear overnight. They may take several weeks to months to resolve. Some concerns may take years if you have had them your entire life. Acute complaints such as a cough or cold can get better much quicker and you should be better in hours to days. Children also tend to get better quicker because their ability to heal is very strong. Be patient. Treating the cause of illness is much different than only relieving the symptoms. Every case is different, just as no two patients are alike.