Open Communication & Observation While it is the homeopathâ€™s job to elicit relevant information by asking probing questions, the patient can expect a higher chance of receiving an effective homeopathic remedy if he or she is open and truthful in describing their physical and psychological symptoms. It is also important to be observant of the changes taking place in your system. To that end, you might want to keep a journal or notes on any noticeable changes or shifts in your symptoms or health. Substances to Avoid Another important thing to remember is that it is wise to avoid any substances that might interfere with your remedy. Certain substances have been found to reverse ("antidote") the effects of homeopathic remedies and medicines. It is suggested that you avoid the following substances, practices and items to insure the best response from your remedy: Avoid:
- Camphor, or camphorated products including products containing eucalyptus and camphor oils
- Dental work, teeth cleaning, drilling or anesthetics
- Electric blankets
- Mint, or mentholated products
- Recreational drugs
- Some conventional drugs (Be sure to tell your homeopath what you are taking)
- Stress, which can lower the resonance of a homeopathic remedy
Yes, homeopathy is an excellent alternative to those who can't swallow large pills or have digestive problems. Most homeopathic remedies are in small tablets that instantly dissolve in your mouth. Through the saliva, they are absorbed, bypassing the need for further digestion. Homeopathic remedies usually have no taste, or if there is a taste, it is mild and sweet. Combination products are larger tablets without any taste that are chewed and also are absorbed quickly. Homeopathy is a wonderful solution for those with sensitive digestive systems. Children also love homeopathics, with no large capsules to swallow or bad tasting liquids. Homeopathic remedies can also be purchased as liquids or dissolved in water
▶ Can I use homeopathic products if I am currently taking any prescription drugs ? Does homeopathy interact with other therapies or supplements ?
Homeopathy can be safely taken with over-the-counter drugs or prescription medications. Homeopathy works on a different, more subtle cellular level in the body and does not interact with other medications or therapies. Many people will use homeopathy to offset prescription side effects and augment benefits. There are no contraindications to the use of homeopathy. As always, if you are under a doctor's care, ask when you can use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) such as homeopathy. Homeopathy should be an important part of your health plan that includes additional health modalities and health therapies. Homeopathy can be safely used with herbs and supplements. Conventional medicines when combined with other medicines cause side effects and serious to life threatening results. Homeopathy is without side effects. How is that possible? Because Homeopathy is based on Provings and the Homeopathic Law of Similars. This is in contrast to conventional drugs that are selected because of their chemical or suppressive action in a human body. All conventional medications have side effects on the body because they are forcing the body to act a certain way. Homeopathic Law of Similars is based on certain characteristic symptoms being the key to choosing a remedy. A substance which may in a large dose cause undesirable symptoms, can in homeopathic potency repel these similar symptoms out of your system and the body rebalances and heals. In homeopathy the Law of Potentization is using the magic of the mininum, that is the smallest dose needed.
If you think you must "believe in" homeopathy for it to work, you need to know that it is not a placebo effect. Here are some powerful examples: WHO has pronounced Homeopathy as the world's second largest leading medical system for primary healthcare. Englands Royal family is among Homeopath's strongest supporter. In Britain Homeopath is on the National Health system and 45% of all British doctors do not hesitate to refer their patients to a homeopath Millions of people across the world use and rely on homeopathic remedies. Today there are a rapidly growing number of conventional medical doctors using homeopathic medicines, including:
- 45 % British conventional physician
- 39% of French family physicians
- 20% of German physicians
- 10% of Italian physicians
Homeopathy Approach Homeopathy is based on a"whole person" approach. In homeopathy, the remedy or treatment program is customized and individualized to the patient, with the intent of removing the underlying cause. Conventional Medicines Approach Conventional (allopathic) medicine usually relies on treating a patient's physical symptoms. This treatment might also assume a persons symptoms need to be controlled, suppressed or eliminated. The difference may be stated in a simple analogy: eradicating the "symptom" of a car's low oil level (the warning light) does not change, or remedy, the cause of the signal (low-oil). Goals of the Homeopathic Approach The Homeopath's Role as "Detective" It has been said that the work of the homeopath is to observe the patient, process and reflect on the gathered information, and then determine the underlying disturbance. This process can be thought of as a mystery, wherein the homeopathic "detective" attempts to discover where the flow of energy in the body has been blocked or impeded. Each signal/symptom offered by the patient can be thought of as a clue to determine the correct remedy. The patient's eye contact, body posture, breathing patterns, voice quality, and expressions are also noted as potential clues. Next, the data must be reconstructed, as it might be in a mystery novel or movie. When all of the information about the patient's physical, mental and emotional symptoms has been documented, then the final search for the answer begins. Unlike a detective or medical physician for that matter the homeopath's goal is not only to remove the symptoms, but also to eliminate the essential causal problem by stimulating the body's natural curative powers. This is the reason for obtaining such a detailed analysis of the patient. The Homeopathic Treatment The goal of the homeopathic treatment is to encourage the body to return to a natural state of balance and health. Like the missing pieces of a puzzle, homeopathic medicines help "fill-in" the gaps in the body to stimulate a person's own healing potential and energies. When this occurs, the person will have access to the body's natural strength and wisdom, so that more conventional medicines and chemical-based substances may not be needed.
Finding the appropriate homeopathic remedy depends upon gaining a complete understanding of the patient as a whole person. This means that the homeopath must take note of the physical, mental and emotional levels of each person before deciding on a correct remedy. Homeopathic remedies have been described as "designer medicines." While this might seem like a simplistic and trendy view of homeopathy, it is true that remedies are specially "designed" for individuals based upon their unique, and sometimes complex, state of being. Take for example migraine headaches. We could easily demonstrate that one person might have pain on one side of their head, while another person had pain on both sides. Still another person could have nausea accompanying the migraine, and yet another could have dizziness. It is important to recognize that, in addition to the persons physical symptoms, there are underlying psychological and emotional aspects as well. Homeopathic remedies are only given when the total continuum of physical and psychological symptoms has been identified.
Homeopathic remedies are indeed very small doses. However, they are specially prepared doses which undergo a specific process including dilution of ingredients (called potentization), as well as a vigorous shaking (succussion). Specially formulated homeopathic remedies are thought to resonate with the body, triggering a positive healing response. This response gently, and effectively, heals from the inside out. The documented results from thousands of experienced homeopaths, and from millions of their patients, clearly show that these small, individualized doses produce profound health benefits.
Symptoms are the language of a disease the body's attempt to balance itself. Without symptoms, a person could have a potentially life threatening illness with no way of identifying it. There have been many cancer patients who reported that they hadn't suffered from a cold or flu in years prior to their diagnosis. The explanation was probably not that they didn't have infections during this period, but more likely that their bodies were unable to fight these infections by producing necessary symptom indications. Many conventional drugs try to inhibit and suppress symptoms sometimes leading to even more serious symptoms. Conventional (allopathic) physicians do not usually recognize the new series of symptoms as being related to the old. Thus, they treat them as new and unrelated problems. Did you know that a fever is the body's attempt to activate the immune systems white blood cells and defend itself from infection? If a person is given a symptom-supressing medication fighting the fever too soon, they will be less able to fight the actual infection. Homeopathy does not seek to remove or suppress symptoms. Its goal is to recognize and remove the underlying cause of these symptoms. This is why a homeopath will work toward understanding the whole person including their body, mind and emotional state before prescribing a remedy.
Level 1: First Aid Homeopathy can be used in first aid to safely treat common ailments and occurrences, such as sprains and bruises, minor burns, skin irritations and reactions (including poison ivy, diaper rash and insect bites), teething pain, etc. Level 2: Acute Homeopathy Acute health problems are those in which the symptoms will eventually go away on their own. They are temporary conditions, such as colds, flu, coughs, sprains, etc. A homeopathic remedy can be useful and attractive because it is safe, gentle and has no harmful side effects. Homeopathy can also be used to assist sensitive conditions such as pregnancy. Level 3: Constitutional Homeopathy Constitutional homeopathy refers to the treatment of a person as a whole, including past and present symptoms. When accurately implemented, homeopathic constitutional care can elicit a profound healing response. Homeopathy can be extremely effective in treating chronic and long-term health problems. Recurrent ear infections, for example, can be treated with a homeopathic remedy for a longer period of time to strengthen the bodyâ€™s immune system and to prevent future occurrences.
Homeopathy is based on the philosophy that the body, mind and emotions are not really separate and distinct, but are actually fully integrated. Based on this perspective, a homeopath seeks a remedy that fits all of a patient's physical and psychological symptoms. Although some people's symptoms may be complex, a well-trained homeopath will know which symptoms should be specially noted, and can choose an effective, individualized remedy. Prolonged emotional stress can cause physical problems, like upset stomach, difficulty in digesting foods, poor nutrient assimilation, weaker immune system, sleeplessness, etc. The opposite is also true. Illness and physical problems can result in anxiety or emotional uneasiness. Therefore, it is important for a homeopath to conduct an in-depth interview of a patient to ensure a proper, all encompassing remedy.