The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health; that is, the lifting and annihilation of the disease in its entire extent in the shortest, most reliable and least disadvantageous way, according to clearly realizable principles.
— Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
The Organon of the Medical Art
Illness is caused by disharmony in the body. It can start with physical disharmony or mental disharmony – one acts upon the other. What causes disharmony? A lack of tone which is the life energy or vital force, in addition to, a lack of rhythm or the regularity of the beating of the pulses and circulation of blood through the veins. Congestion is the result of lack of circulation. Weakness is the result of lack of life energy. Congestion and weakness attract illness and are the cause of illness. There is also a rhythm in the action of the mind. When the mind is active with harmonious thoughts it is strong, firm and steady; and when the mind contains inharmonious thoughts it becomes weak. Harmonious thoughts can be likened to regular beating of the pulse and proper circulation of the blood. If harmony in thought is disrupted, congestion of the mind can develop. Congestion of the mind produces loss of memory, depression, doubt, suspicion, distrust, distress and despair. If a clear functioning of the mind can be attained and maintained, steady and harmonious thoughts will not be easily shaken by doubt and confusion. A body that is already lacking in health is more susceptible to illness than a perfectly healthy body and a mind which already has a disorder is more susceptible to suggestions of disorder, going from bad to worse. Illness attracts illness, disharmony attracts disharmony and harmony attracts harmony.
Harmony in the body depends upon external factors as well. The food eaten, the lifestyle, relationships, work and climate in which one lives. As physical bodies have a vibration or particular tone that is unique to them, it is possible that the tone can be changed by being sensitive to disharmonious influences in the environment causing a change to the body’s own natural tone and producing a tone to which the body is not accustomed. This, too, can cause illness. In addition to being very effective in its healing effects, homeopathy has the unique ability to restore a person whose tone has been altered back to the original harmonious tone.
Conditions that can be helped by homeopathy include: Anger, Anxiety, Arthritis, ADHD/Hyperactivity, Alcohol Detox, Asthma, Bleeding, Breastfeeding, Bruises, Burns, Colds, Colic, Constipation, Coughs, Cramps, Diarrhea, Drug Detox, Ear infection, Eczema, Eye inflammation, Fever, Gas/Bloating, Hayfever, Headache, Hemorrhoids, Hives, Indigestion, Influenza, Wounds, Insomnia, Low Back Pain, Menopause, Mental Fatigue, Motion Sickness, Nausea, Neuralgia, PMS, Prostate Conditions, Scar Tissue, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Sprains, Stumach Ulcers, Tinnitus, Vertrigo, Warts and more.
What are Homeopathic Remedies? Any plant, mineral or animal substance can be used as a remedy. The original substance is diluted in liquid repeatedly, and vigorously shaken with each dilution. Unusual as it sounds, these very small amounts of remedies can act very strongly when used properly. Also, because the remedies are very diluted, they are extremely safe. The clinical experience of homeopathy shows that the micro-dose is effective: It works upon comatose people, infants and animals.
Is there evidence that homeopathy works? There are literally hundreds of high quality, published basic science, pre-clinical and clinical studies showing that homeopathy works. These studies have been published in respected journals like Lancet, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, and Annals of Internal Medicine, among others. See this website for an abridged bibliography of these papers.
What to expect during a visit to a homeopathic practitioner? You will be asked to describe all your problems in detail as well as a complete description of everything that characterizes you, especially your feelings, sensations, sensitivity, psyche, and all that concerns your organism in terms of energy, sleep, appetite, digestion, etc. This thorough and initial interview requires approximately two to three hours. The better the homeopath understands the patient and his or her problems, the better they can individualize to find the specific and most similar remedy for the patient’s condition.
Which diseases can be treated with homeopathy? This may sound strange but in homeopathy we do not treat diseases, but treat the person who is sick. Whether a person has a chronic or an acute disease, all of their symptoms, whether physical, mental or emotional form a whole representing a state of imbalance very specific to this individual. The goal of the homeopath is to recognize through the unique expression of symptoms of a patient the pattern of disturbed energy and identify among the great number of remedies available the one most homeopathic, or most similar to, the patient’s disease.
Can a pregnant woman or a newborn baby benefit from homeopathy? Since homeopathic remedies are devoid of all chemical toxicity, homeopathy is the ideal system of medicine for people of all ages, even the most sensitive like an expectant mother or a newborn baby. Difficulties during pregnancy and the delivery or its aftermath as well as all the problems experienced by the newborn can be dealt with very efficiently and without side effects with homeopathy.
How does homeopathy deal with patients affected with mental stress, emotional problems, resulting from emotional trauma, severe grief, or the consequence of mood disorders such as anger, depression or anxiety? As incredible as it may seem, all such emotional problems normalize with the application of the homeopathic remedy that is the most similar to the state of the patient. Patients who are already under psychotherapy find out as a rule that they recover far more rapidly after they begin homeopathic treatment.
How does homeopathy address patients with infectious diseases? Homeopathic treatment is ideal to optimize the body’s natural defenses against microbes. With the appropriate homeopathic treatment, people recover from infectious diseases, even the most serious ones, gently and rapidly. During past great epidemics such as diphtheria, scarlet fever, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, malaria, etc., homeopathy decreased mortality by 10 to 30 times versus conventional medicine. During the infamous Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19, it has been estimated that 25 to 50 million people died world wide. In the United States alone, 550,000 died, approximately 10% of the people afflicted with the flu. Homeopathic physicians documented then more than 62,000 patients treated with homeopathy resulting in a mortality of 0.7%. For people who were sick enough to be hospitalized, conventional medicine had a mortality of 30% while with 27,000 documented hospitalized cases, homeopathy was reporting a mortality of 1.05% (Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy 1921; 13:1028-43).
Which conditions are outside the scope of homeopathy? If a patient has a problem that necessitates a surgical intervention, the homeopath will refer this patient to a surgeon. But as surgical interventions are a shock to the organism, homeopathic treatment will be ideal to prepare the patient for surgery and help them recover from the operation. Of course, cases with dislocation or fracture will be dealt with by an orthopedic doctor. For less serious mechanical physical problems, patents will be referred to a chiropractor, osteopath, massotherapist or other appropriate therapist. Generally, people afflicted with genetic, congenital, or fixed metabolic diseases or with very advanced degeneration cannot always expect full recovery, but more often a palliative relief with homeopathy, free of side effects usually expected when palliation is done with modern drugs.
What has been the position of conventional medicine towards homeopathy? Since the beginning, conventional medicine has tried to halt the progress of homeopathy. At best, it accuses it of giving “placebos” despite double blind studies which demonstrate the absolutely undeniable efficacy of homeopathic treatments. If homeopathy is so extraordinary, why is it not recognized universally? Although homeopathy has been practiced for more than two hundred years, it is still in its early period of growth. It is probably the most difficult medical discipline to master because it is based on the pure observation of nature, and the strict application of a natural law. Until very recently, of all the physicians who had studied homeopathy, only a very small minority had succeeded in mastering this discipline. Today with the general disillusionment in conventional medicine, homeopathy is beginning to bloom again and spread throughout the world. People find in homeopathy a system of medicine that not only displays more common sense by its respect for the whole person, but which is also more efficient in restoring health to the sick since it optimizes the extraordinary innate self-healing powers of the organism. With the advent of modern communication, the teaching of homeopathy has improved and a better comprehension and practice of homeopathy has been observed.