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Homeopathic Medicine

Minute amounts of natural substances are used to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities.

     




Introduction
The laws of homeopathy
Homeopathic Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
How Do Homeopathic Remedies Work?
Which Problems Respond Well to Homeopathic Treatment?
Clinical Studies
What to expect from a homeopathic consultation?



 


Introduction
 
Homeopathy is a form of medicine that treats the body as a whole and helps it to heal itself.
It can be used for the short term (acute) illnesses and long term (chronic) illnesses.
The objective is to prevent the patient from getting the illnesses again.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that substances that are poisonous in large doses can be very beneficial in small doses.

The name homeopathy comes from the Greek word "homios" which means "like" and the word "pathos" meaning "suffering".
In the fourth century B.C., Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, observed that large amount of certain natural substances can produce symptoms in healthy people resembling those caused by the disease, while smaller doses of these same
substances can relieve those symptoms.
In 1790's Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor, amplified this concept and proposed the practice called homeopathy.
He proposed that "Let like be cured by like". Homeopathy uses animal, vegetable and mineral preparations to cure a
person's illness. Millions of people in Britain, Europe and America uses Homeopathy.

Homeopathy looks at each patient and develops a remedy or treatment plan strictly for him or her.
It invokes the powers of healing inherent in individuals (our immune system) to develop a successful therapy.
The more one knows about the patient, the symptoms, likes and dislikes, what makes them better or worse,
it helps in developing a "symptom picture" of the patient that can lead to a successful treatment.

If we think about the principle of homeopathy, it has a lot in common with our present understanding of immunizations.
To prevent us from catching small pox, a vaccine is prepared which is a mild form of the virus that causes the disease.
The principle is that introduction of this small amount of the virus in our body system will set out our body's defenses so that
when the actual virus shows up, our body will have enough barriers or fighting power to prevent the virus from entering our body.

Homeopathy practitioners believe that when we introduce a very very small amount of the deadly material into the body,
our body will unleash enough defenses to prevent the disease from recurring again. However, there are significant differences between the concepts used in Western medicine and those of homeopathy.
Vaccines are not rendered more potent when they are diluted like homeopathic preparations.
In conventional treatment, there is a minimum dosage that need to be given before the medication becomes effective in
treating the underlying problem. For example, when taking antibiotics, we have to take the whole course at regular intervals
to maintain a potency level in the bloodstream to kill the bacteria.

Homeopathic remedies, which are made from naturally occurring plant, animal, or mineral substances, are recognized
and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are manufactured by established pharmaceutical companies
under strict guidelines. There are over 2000 homeopathic remedies. These are derived from such exotic sources as bee stings, snake venoms, arsenic, gold and silica, and even compounds from diseases tissue.
Homeopathy practitioners also prescribes tissue salts. Tissue salts are prepared from mineral sources.
Homeopathic remedies are diluted to such an extent that there can be no possible side effects from even the most toxic substances. The dilution process is known as 'potentation'.  Taken in this ultra diluted form, homeopathic remedies have no side effects
and are perfectly safe, non-toxic and non-addictive.


The laws of homeopathy:
  • The law of similars.
  • The principle of minimum dose
  • Whole Person Prescribing
  • Laws of Cure

The Law of Similars

The principle that like shall be cured by like. This principle, became the basis of Hahnemann's formulation of the homeopathic doctrine: the proper remedy for a patient's disease is that substance that is capable of producing, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those from which the patient suffers.

In other words, a substance produces symptoms of illness in a well person when administered in large doses;
if we administer the same substance in minute quantities, it will cure the disease in a sick person.
Hahnemann suggested that this is because nature will not allow two similar diseases to exist in the body at the same time.
Thus homeopathy practitioners will introduce a similar artificial disease into the body which will push the original one out.
The dose is small so that there is no danger of any long term side effects.

The Principle of Minimum Dose

This principle states that extreme dilution enhances the curative properties of a substance, while eliminating any possible side effects. This is just the reverse of conventional drug philosophy where a minimum dose is required for effect.
Starting from the conventional dose, as we decrease the concentration (or increase the dilution),
the medicine become less and less efficient. But below a threshold, the medicine start getting potent again.
Homeopathy practitioners uses this region of potency.

Whole Person Prescribing

Characteristics such as  temperament, personality, emotional and physical responses when prescribing a remedy, etc. are studied. So, a homeopathy practitioner may treat different persons exhibiting the same symptom differently.
(For example, two persons exhibiting flu like symptoms may get two different medication from the practitioner based on the appraisal of the mind body constitution.)

Laws of Cure

There are three laws of cure, They are:

  •  A remedy starts at the top of the body and works downward
  •  A remedy works from within the body outward, and from major to minor organs
  •  Symptoms clear in reverse order of appearance.
Application of the three principles of cure means that you will feel better emotionally before you will feel better physically


Homeopathic Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
 

Homeopathic Medicine Conventional Medicine
Illness Is an individual expression of imbalance and has important meaning Occurs in well-defined groups based on pathology, and meaning of illness is irrelevant
Symptoms Are evidence of disharmony and the person's attempt to restore order
Are analyzed to follow progress of treatment
Are bad
Successful treatment makes them go away
Diagnosis The understanding of the phenomenon of the illness
The whole person is taken into account
The search for the structural cause
Treatment Individualized and based on the entire expression of symptoms
Self-care (what the client does) is emphasized
Based on like cures like and potentized microdoses of medicines
Based on the pathologic diagnosis
What the doctor does is emphasized
Based on opposing and suppressing symptoms, and high doses of medicine
 



How Do Homeopathic Remedies Work?

Homeopathic Remedies Work in Spiritual/Energy Plane and Not in Physical Plane.
Homeopathic remedies are believed to work in the spiritual plane as opposed to the physical plane as we are used to think
and measure. Hahnemann believed that dilution and succussion released a spirit- like power that worked on the spiritual level
of the vital force in humans.

Homeopathy is an energy medicine, as are acupuncture and therapeutic touch.
Homeopathic Remedies Activate the Vital Force
It is believed that it is the energy or "vibrational pattern" of the remedy, rather than the chemical content,
that stimulates the healing by activating what Hahnemann called the Vital force.
Vital force is the healing power or energy that exists within us all. It is called by the name Chi by Chinese and
Prana by Indian Ayurveda. The vital force fuels the mind, body, emotions and mind. It keeps us healthy and balanced.
When the balance of the vital force is disturbed by factors such as stress, pollution, improper diet and lack of exercise,
it becomes weakened resulting in the person getting sick.

Scientists who accept the potential benefits of homeopathic theory suggest several theories to explain how highly diluted homeopathic medicines may act. Using recent developments in quantum physics, they have proposed that electromagnetic
energy in the medicines may interact with the body on some level.
Researchers in physical chemistry have proposed the "memory of water" theory, whereby the structure of the water-alcohol solution is altered by the medicine during the process of dilution and retains this structure even after none of the actual
substance remains.


Which Problems Respond Well to Homeopathic Treatment?

Ailments such as colds, constipation, vomiting, and diarrhea respond well to homeopathic treatment.
It can help in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, fibrositis and psoriasis.
Homeopathy also helps in the emotional, mental or physical complaints. For example,
there is a remedy available to help people to stop smoking.

The following are a list of conditions for which Homeopathy has a known remedy:

  • Abdominal Pain and Indigestion
  • Acne
  • Allergies: Contact Dermatitis {Skin Rash), Eczema, Hives, Upper-Respiratory- Tract Allergy {Hay Fever)
  • Anxiety and Fear
  • Asthma: Allergic, Reactive, Psychogenic
  • Back and Neck Problems: Stiff Neck, Lower Back Pain, Sacroiliac Sprain, Coccyx Injury, Sciatica
  • Bedwetting {Enuresis)
  • Bladder Infections {Cystitis) Boils
  • Canker Sores and Cold Sores
  • Chicken Pox
  • Colds
  • Conjunctivitis {Eye Inflammation or Pinkeye)
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Diaper Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Earaches: Otitis Media, Otitis Externa
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Food Poisoning
  • German Measles
  • Grief and Sadness
  • Headaches: Muscle Contraction (Tension) Headache, Vascular {Migraine) Headache, Other Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Herpes Zoster {Shingles)
  • Impetigo
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability and Anger
  • Laryngitis
  • Measles
  • Menstrual Cramps and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Mononucleosis
  • Motion Sickness
  • Mumps
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Poison Oak or Ivy
  • Prostatitis
  • Ringworm and Other Related Fungal Infections
  • Sciatica
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sinus Problems (Sinusitis)
  • Sore Throats: Noninfectious, Viral, and Strep
  • Styes
  • Teething
  • Thrush
  • Urethritis
  • Vaginitis: Yeast Infections, Bacterial Infections, Trichomonas Infections, and Noninfectious Vaginitis
  • Vomiting
  • Warts

Clinical Studies:

Several clinical studies exist that show the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies.
Many of these studies employed double blind studies, accepted by scientists.

Recent clinical trials suggest that homeopathic medicines have a positive effect on allergic rhinitis, asthma, treatment of dermatological complaints, fibrositis, influenza, and for the treatment of migraine.

In 1994, the first study that involved homeopathy was published in a peer-reviewed American scientific journal.
Jennifer Jacobs, M.D., led the study, which was conducted in Nicaragua and included eighty-one children with acute diarrhea.
All the children received standard antidehydration treatment for diarrhea, consisting of water containing salt and sugar.
In addition, half the children received homeopathic treatment and half received a placebo.
The study confirmed homeopathy's effectiveness: the recovery time for children receiving homeopathic treatment was 20 percent faster than those receiving the placebo, reducing the bout of diarrhea by one day.
These results are heartening because diarrhea is the leading cause of death in developing countries such as Nicaragua.

In one study published in Lancet by Dr. David Taylor Reilly and his colleagues compared the effects of a homeopathic
hay-fever remedy with a placebo. In this double-blind controlled study, Dr. Reilly found that those who received
the homeopathic remedy had six times fewer symptoms and were able to cut their use of antihistamines in half.

Another study published in 1989 in the British Medical Journal dealt with fibromyalgia.
The double- blind, controlled trial was also "crossed over," meaning the treatment lots were switched after one month so the subjects could be compared, not only with each other, but also with themselves.
The results were evaluated by a rheumatology professional who was not a homeopath.
The study found that the homeopathic remedy provided highly statistically significant improvement in both
subjective and objective symptoms.

In a double-blind controlled study conducted in Britain in 1980, 82 percent of those receiving the homeopathic remedy
enjoyed improvements in rheumatoid arthritis versus 21 percent of the control group on placebo.
The subjects in this study received remedies that were individually prescribed.

Other significant positive studies show homeopathy helps in pain following tooth extraction
(76 percent versus 40 percent for a placebo}; reduces vertigo and nausea;
reduces labor time in pregnant women (5.1 hours versus 8.5 hours};
and reduces risk of abnormal labor (11.3 percent versus 40 percent).

Two double-blind studies compared Quietude, a combination of homeopathically prepared plant extracts
that has been very popular in France, with diazepam (Valium).
The subjects were adults and children who were nervous and suffered from sleeplessness.
The results showed that the homeopathic product increased sleep time, reduced interruptions during sleep,
and reduced nervousness. Both products relieved insomnia and minor nervous tension 63 percent of the time. However, the homeopathic remedy produced no side effects: there was no daytime dizziness, as opposed to 13 percent of the diazepam group. Homeopathic remedy group suffered no daytime drowsiness, but 53 percent of the diazepam group felt drowsy.
In addition, Quietude was better at reducing children's nightmares, and 74 percent of the Quietude patients said
the product was better than other treatments, as opposed to 48 percent of the diazepam group who felt this way.

Other studies show the usefulness of homeopathic remedies in treating diabetes.
A 1992 study examined sixty people with retinal problems due to diabetes.
In approximately half of the patients taking the homeopathic remedy (Arnica), the eye condition improved;
only 1 percent of the subjects receiving placebo improved a like amount.
The subjects were evaluated using objective measuring instruments,
indicating that homeopathy may prove valuable in helping this group of diabetics preserve their sight.

Conventional physicians often belittle homeopathic remedies and their effectiveness to placebo effect.
However, several studies on animals and infants show that homeopathic remedies do work.
Obviously, animals and infants are less likely to be influenced by placebo.
In Germany, poultry farmers are treating their hens with homeopathic remedies instead of antibiotics for coughs, colds, and digestive problems. Farmers also treat their cats, dogs, horses, cattle, and birds homeopathically.


What to expect from a homeopathic consultation?

When you go for a  homeopathic consultation  the practitioner will spend the necessary time getting to know you.
You will be asked many questions about yourself, your Lifestyle, the past health of yourself and your family,
and about your illness. You also will be physically examined.
After your case has been carefully considered, you will be prescribed a remedy and
asked to come back for follow up treatments.



To discuss your situation in more detail:
Contact Dr. Comas
tel: (416) 515-8493
e-mail: Dr-Comas@NaturalMedicineSolutions.com

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