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Homoeopathy & Treatment Patches

What is Homoeopathy?

Homoeopathy is an exceptionally safe form of natural medicine which treats the whole individual on all levels, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.  Not only does it maintain the good health of a patient, in addition it aids recovery from ill health, by relying on the body's own powers of self regulation and self healing to effect a cure once remedies have been administered.

Ever since its development nearly two hundred years ago, Homoeopathy has benefited millions of people, young and old, from all walks of life, in countries all over the world.

The word Homoeopathy is derived from two Greek words, omio meaning 'same' and pathos meaning 'suffering'.

A Homoeopathic remedy is one which produces the same symptoms as those the sick person complains of, and in so doing provokes the body into throwing them off. 'Like may be cured by like', (similia similibus curentur) is the basic principle of Homoeopathic therapeutics.

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It is based on the Law of Similars and potentization. Basically, the Law of Similars is the premise that because exposure to a given substance can cause specific symptoms in someone who is healthy, then that substance - given as a homoeopathic remedy - will stimulate the body's own curative powers to overcome similar symptoms during illness.

A common example used to describe this effect is that of the person chopping an onion ~ When a healthy person chops an onion they usually get watery eyes, and a a runny nose. They may even experience sneezing or coughing, from exposure to the active substances in the onion.

The homoeopathic remedy, Allium cepa, made of potentized red onion, can help the body overcome a cold or allergy attack in which the person has similar symptoms (watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing.)

Even though the symptoms were not caused by exposure to an onion, the remedy made from the onion can help the body overcome them, because the symptoms are similar.

Is Homoeopathy Effective?

Millions of people have used homoeopathic remedies to treat every conceivable type of ailment and symptom. Despite misconceptions, homoeopathy is just as scientific as allopathic medicine.

Homoeopathy does not base its effectiveness on animal experiments which have little relevance to humans, and prescribing is not based on empirical, or accidental discovery of effects, but on a rational, systematic observation of the effects of remedies on healthy and sick people.

What are the Advantages of Homoeopathy?

SAFETY

Homoeopathy enjoys an excellent reputation in part because it is given in such minute doses that it can be safely used to treat anyone. Pregnant women, new born babies, children and weak or elderly people may all use the appropriate dosages of homoeopathic remedies without dangerous side effects. Homoeopathic doses of certain herbs are appropriate for certain individuals (like colicky babes,) when a standard herbal dosage would be too strong.

NON-TOXIC ~ NON-SYNTHETIC

Homoeopathy is a non-toxic system of medicine used to treat a wide variety of health concerns.

Homoeopathy does not use synthetic substances, but relies on the healing properties inherent in plants, minerals, and animal substances. These substances are used in their whole, natural state, not as isolated chemicals.

CONSISTENCY

Homoeopathy is not based on 'fad' research. Homoeopathic remedies do not go in and out of fashion because they are based on indications for specific symptoms rather than on 'opposites'.

Easy to Take

Most Homoeopathic remedies have a very mild, sweet taste and are meant to disolve under the tongue.  My method of dispensing Homoeopathic remedies is via a transdermal patch, which is worn by the patient for a few hours on the day of treatment.

Even very small children can tolerate them, due to the fact that they don't have to swallow them, which is also very handy.

Understanding Potencies

Homoeopathic remedies are prepared through a process called potentization. Potentization involves a series of systematic dilutions and successions (a forceful shaking action).

Potentization removes all risk of chemical toxicity while activating a remedy substance and enabling it to affect the body therapeutically.

The more dilutions and succussions a substance undergoes, the higher the potency will be. Higher potencies of homeoopathic remedies (anything higher than 12C) have been diluted past the point that molecules of the original substance would be measurable in the solution.

Homoeopathic potencies are designated by the combination of a number and a letter (for example, 6X or 30C).

The number refers to the number of dilutions the tincture has undergone within a series to prepare that remedy.

The letter refers to the proportions used in each dilution of the series (the Roman numeral X means 10, and the Roman numeral C means 100), as well as the number of succussions the vial of solution undergoes in each successive stage.

Choosing the Appropriate Remedy

A key element in treating successfully with homeopathy is selecting the right remedy.  However, with my method of treatment, I tend to employ a number of remedies as opposed to only one.

There are numerous Homoeopathy books available like, The Complete Homoeopathy Handbook: A Guide to Everyday Health Care, by Miranda Castro, which make for interesting reading.

Basically, when looking for a remedy, the practitioner must consider both physical and psychological symptoms.

Physical Symptoms

Homoeopathic remedies promote a return to normal body function, and can be of help in almost any physical symptom or condition. Though they their work on a subtle level, they ultimately affect the chemical, cellular, and structural health of the organism.

Psychological Symptoms

Psychological states are a crucial piece of the symptom-puzzle. Even when treating a purely physical ailment,homoeopathy considers the emotional response of the individual to be of prime importance. Improvement of an emotional state is one way to monitor the effectiveness of a remedy.