- Homeopathy is essentially a natural healing process, providing remedies to assist the patient to regain health by stimulating the body's natural healing ability.
- It concentrates on treating the entire person, rather than just the disease.
- Homeopathy is natural
It is based on the principle of 'like cures like'. A substance that produces disease-like symptoms when taken by a healthy person can cure a sick person/animal with similar symptoms when given in an appropriate form. Remedies are always given in minute and non toxic doses.
- Homeopathy is non habit forming
The remedies have nothing in them that can lead to patients becoming dependent on the medication.
- Homeopathy has no side effects
As homeopathic medicines are prescribed in minute amounts, there is no chance of side effects that can occur with conventional medicines.
- Homeopathy is cost effective
Compare the cost of homeopathic treatment with other medical treatment. With homeopathy you pay for the consultation fee and (with just one or two exceptions) the medicines are included. However, with conventional treatment there are separate charges for the consultation and the drugs.
- Check these prices out in your local area: In Auckland, it generally costs adults between $40 and $50 to see a doctor PLUS there are prescription charges on top of that, and another charge each time you see the doctor. With a homeopath, adults pay for the first appointment which includes homeopathic medicines. Subsequent visits are cheaper and are also inclusive of homeopathic tablets/treatments. Homeopathy has been known to effect permanent changes in the health of patients. Therefore, in the long run, it is far more cost effective. For children under 14 the costs are cheaper.
- Homeopathy and conventional drugs
Homeopathic medicine and conventional drugs can be used at the same time. An experienced practitioner can advise and treat people with conditions that require them to remain on conventional medication, while undertaking homeopathic treatment. Neither treatment affects the other in a long-term negative way or in any way damaging to the patient.
- Homeopathic remedies
Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, animal products, minerals and (occasionally) conventional drugs or disease matter. Homeopathic remedies are not tested on animals.
- Remedies are scientifically proven
All remedies are double blind tested, and written up in 'materia medica' before being released to practitioners. This way the effects and curative aspects of the remedies are known. This process can take from one to four years before the results are finalised and the remedy made available for general use by practitioners.
- The process of making Homeopathic remedies
The more dilute Homeopathic remedies are, the stronger and gentler the effect. Therefore, there are no side effects like there are with conventional medicines. This process has been validated by clinical trials, results from patients and those who originally tested the medicines. 'The Organon', written by Samuel Hahnemann, explains this process in detail.
- One drop of herbal tincture is diluted in 99 drops of alcohol. The mixture is shaken and succussed, creating 1C (1 centesimal potency). From the 1C bottle, one drop is taken and put into another bottle of 99 drops of alcohol, shaken and succussed (jolted and banged on a firm object) and this bottle is then 2C (2 centesimal potency). The serial dilution and succussion of remedies, actually make them stronger, meaning the more dilute the remedy is the stronger but gentler its effect.
Who can use Homeopathy?
Treatment is individualised, as no two people are alike, homeopathy works in conjunction with conventional medicine. Homeopathy can be used to treat babies, adults, the elderly, animals, terminally ill patients and chronic conditions.
How does Homeopathy work?
Homeopathy works on three basic principles:
- A medicine, which in large doses produces the symptoms of a disease, will in a small doses cure a disease with similar symptoms. By extreme dilution, a medicine's curative properties are enhanced and all the poisonous side effects are lost. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed by the study of the whole individual and according to your basic temperament.
- Homeopathy gently stimulates the body's natural healing powers to restore the body to health gently and effectively.
- Homeopathy uses the principle of "like cures like". If you peel an onion, you usually cry and if you drink too much coffee, you usually don't sleep. Remedies made from onion (Allium Cepa) are used to treat conditions where there is excessive lacrymation, like hay fever and colds. A remedy made from coffee is used to treat things like sleeplessness or agitation.
The History of Homeopathy
Homeopathy was founded by Samuel Hahnemann (1775-1843) as a viable alternative to conventional medicine. Hahnemann, a medical doctor, supplemented his income by translating medical texts for clients.
It was on such an occasion he became aware of the first principle of Homeopathy. He was translating the 'Materia Medica' (a compendium of the actions of therapeutic agents) written by Professor Cullen of London University. Cullen devoted some 20 pages of the book to the therapeutic indications of Peruvian Bark (later known as Quinine), attributing its success in the treatment of malaria to the fact that it was bitter.
Hahnemann found this idea unacceptable, and took some doses of Peruvian Bark himself. What happened was he developed the symptoms of malaria. When he stopped taking the medicine and became himself again. Intrigued, he tried it again and he developed the symptoms of malaria again. This led him to the observation that a substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person cures the same symptoms in a sick person.
Hahnemann, his colleagues and (possibly) his long-suffering family then spent six years experimenting with different drugs and keeping scrupulous records of their findings. Hahnemann eventually catalogued more than 200 remedies drawn from vegetable, animal, mineral and (more rarely) biological materials, all of which were proved by Hahnemann and his colleagues as substances that could cure patients suffering from similar symptoms. Some of the results were quite remarkable.
This method of testing still exists today and is known as 'proving' from the German word 'pruffing' meaning testing or trailing. At the time of his death in 1843, he and other colleagues had proven some 250 remedies, along with meticulous recording or 'Materia Medica' records.
The basic principle - "that like shall cure like" - is still the same. That is, a substance which can cause an artificially induced disease state in a well person can be used to treat someone who actually suffers from the same symptoms.
Today there are some 3000 remedies available to the Homeopath today.