Homeopathy is a remarkable, yet sadly under-utilized, therapy that stimulates our natural ability to heal. When practiced well, it can gently and permanently cure diseases and restore health. It is useful from coughs and earaches to autoimmune disease and cancer.
Safe And Non-Toxic
Homeopathic medicines are made from natural substances. They are prepared so that they are non-toxic. In the United States, the FDA regulates the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines. They are prescribed in minute doses that make homeopathy extremely safe. Even infants, children, pregnant and nursing women, and the elderly can use homeopathy. These tiny doses are effective because, unlike conventional pharmaceutical drugs which change the body chemically, homeopathic medicines provoke a healing reaction in the person that restores them to health. It is the healing reaction provoked by the homeopathic medicine that cures, not the medicine itself.
A German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, is the father of homeopathy. Over 200 years ago, Hahnemann had become disappointed by the limitations and dangers of conventional medicine. He labored for many years to find a gentle yet effective way to cure illness. Homeopathy is the fruit of his labor.
Like Cures Like
Homeopathy is the application of the Law of Similars, often referred to as like cures like. Simply stated, what a medicine can cause in a healthy person, it can cure in someone who is sick. This principle stems from Hahnemann's observations of diseases and their cure, and has been verified by homeopaths ever since. For example, many of us have experienced the stimulating effects of coffee. In homeopathy, we use a homeopathic preparation of coffee to treat ailments like insomnia that are caused by over-stimulation.
Treating The Individual
It is important to realize that we do not all become sick in exactly the same way. While any number of different people may suffer from insomnia, each will experience it differently. One person may feel over-stimulated, as in the example above. Another may experience anxious thoughts as they lie in bed at night. Still another may experience aches and pains that cause them to toss and turn trying to find a comfortable position. Because each person has different symptoms, each will require a different medicine - the medicine that is most similar to their unique symptoms.
Perhaps what is most different about homeopathy in comparison to conventional medicine is its holistic view of health and disease. In homeopathy, disease is regarded as an imbalance in the person as a whole. When we become sick, our whole being is affected. Many of us can easily relate to this idea. When we are sick, we not only suffer from physical symptoms, but often experience changes in our emotions, changes in cognition, and changes in our most basic bodily functions. Cure is accomplished by re-establishing balance in the person as a whole. When balance is achieved, the underlying cause of the disease is removed and all the symptoms associated with the disease resolve.
Treating The Cause
Disease occurs through the interplay of several factors: our genes, stress, and our lifestyle choices. The most potent of these factors is the susceptibility to certain diseases that we inherit through our genes, or that we acquire during our lifetime. In most cases, this susceptibility to disease remains dormant and does not cause us any troubles until it is made active by exposure to stress. Stressors in our environment, such as emotional trauma, injury, infection, or sudden changes in climate, activate this susceptibility. Once it is activated, we become sick. Lifestyles that are not favorable to health, such as eating poorly, lack of exercise, or too little sleep, have a similar effect. By restoring balance, homeopathy alters our susceptibility to disease so that, over time, we become increasingly less susceptible, less affected by stress, and less likely to get sick.
What Can Be Treated?
The majority of known acute and chronic diseases can be treated successfully with homeopathy, including nearly all of the most common reasons why people seek medical treatment. It is important to note that there are some diseases not suitable for homeopathic treatment such as surgical cases and diseases of lifestyle. A well-trained homeopath will refer you to other practitioners when necessary.
Homeopathy Around The World
While homeopathy is experiencing a resurgence of popularity in the United States, it is far more popular in many other countries. In India, the second most populous country in the world, approximately 130 million people use homeopathy.1 In some countries, homeopathy is an officially recognized component of the conventional medical system. In Brazil, homeopathy is a recognized medical specialty where 15,000 medical doctors are certified as homeopathic specialists. In Great Britain, the physician to the Royal Family has been a homeopathic physician since the late 1800s.
Many highly accomplished individuals past and present have chosen homeopathy as their therapy of choice.
Homeopathy is really quite extraordinary. It is safe, gentle, non-toxic, and amazingly effective for people of all ages. It taps our body's tremendous ability to heal itself and changes disease and discomfort into vitality and health. Why wait any longer to realize the benefits of homeopathy?