What is Homeopathy ? A dose of your own Medicine
Homeopathy is a natural holistic system of medicine .It is a gentle , yet highly effective system of medicine using natural occuring substances in the form of remedies that stimulates the body’s immune system to heal itself. The body’s capacity for self healing is given a boost and this kickstarts further healing . Your remedy is chosen on the basis of similarity to you , it is chosen to suit you as an individual taking into account all your general and character traits and all your physical , mental and emotional symptoms . It is quite literally a dose of your own medicine !
It is suitable to everyone including sensitive patients and is safe to use in pregnancy . with babies, children , adults and in advancing years. Its gentle and successful results have been enjoyed by families for generations .
“Homeopathy cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond doubt safer and more economical and most complete medical science.” Mathama Ghandi
One of the reasons people today are seeking out homeopathy is that they are unhappy with the side effects of their conventional medicines,in fact a great many people are on drugs for the side effects of their drugs.This overload takes it’s toll on the immune system and our sense of well-being diminishes. Others are fearful of the side effects and would prefer a gentler more holistic solution to their health. Homeopathic medicines are given in the smallest dose possible to stimulate a reaction whilst avoiding toxicity.Remedies are safe to take alongside conventional medicines, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Babies and infants respond quickly to a well chosen remedy and common ailments can be dealt with ease and boost the immune system in the process.Homeopathic remedies are made from highly diluted tinctures from plant, mineral and animal sources which are prepared in homeopathic Pharmacies using a careful process of dilution and succussion ( a specific form of vigorous shaking ). Examples of homeopathic remedies are arnica and Chamommila (teetha)which are plant-based remedies used to treat sprains and bruising , earaches, teething, tempers and fever . Silica is an example of a mineral based and is used to treat a variety of complaints from glue ear , excema , poor assimilation of food .There are thousands of remedies and each one has an individual symptom picture with very detailed information, this detailed information comes from research into the substance and provings where subjects take the remedy and take note of every symptom experienced from how they are feeling to every ache and pain and sensation is meticulously noted and the true picture of the remedy comes to life and this is written up in a Materia Medica . Whole books can be dedicated just to one remedy so their uses are vast and varied.
Your Personal Homeopathic Prescription
One of the main tenets of Homeopathic philosophy is that everyone is different. It is an obvious observation but one that is often overlooked in healthcare.The same medicine,the same diet,the same advice does not help everyone with the same ailment and likewise the homeopathic remedy prescribed for two people with the same presenting complaint will most likely be different. We are not just our arthritis or our migraine , we are all different human beings with different backgrounds, emotions, different likes and dislikes. All of this is taken into account before your remedy is decided upon .
It makes sense treating people in this more complete way , by taking the whole person into consideration we can bring longer lasting, more satisfactory results.
Two cases of Migraine – an example in practice.
Two migraine cases with a similar physical complaint will more than likely receive different remedies as the people themselves are very different .
Case one- Woman 50’s – Migraines that start over the eyes and travel over the back of the head, the migraines started after the death of her mother whom she dearly misses, she is very reserved in manner, timid and apprehensive , she suffers from insomnia where she worries about her family but keeps it to herself , the last thing she’d want is to be a burden on anyone so she suffers in silence .
Case two- Male 40’s – He too suffers from migraines which centre at the top of the head, these come on from overwork and worry about his business, certain foods also seem to trigger the migraine , and cause indigestion, he gets irritated especially over small things and loses his temper easily , on other occasions he can be the life and soul of the party and be very generous of spirit . He is also awake half the night thinking of what he has to do the next day . Everyone around him is aware of his headaches.
These two cases will require different remedies for their migraines as they are quite different in personality and how their migraine manifests .The first case needs additional help with her anxiety and sleeplessness in order for her migraines to be fully allieviated. The second case needs additional help with his stress and irritability in order for his migraines to disappear. We are all so different, there is so much more to us than our principle complaint .
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