What is Homeopathy? A medical system that stimulates the body's own healing responses while respecting nature’s laws and the wisdom of the body. The key premise is everyone has vital force energy that if disrupted or out of balance creates health problems.   A key philosophy of homeopathic healing as a natural health therapy falls under the principle of ‘like cures like’, or Law of Similars where the body’s own healing response is activated. Simply stated substances which cause symptoms can be taken in small amounts to treat the very same symptoms.  It has been written that homeopathy is a natural health therapy that works by mimicking specific symptoms, rather than suppressing them as do allopathic medicines.    Another philosophy of homeopathic practitioners is to treat the person, not the disease. Homeopathic practices are used throughout the world and can be coupled safely with conventional medicines with no side effects as homeopathy healing is non-toxic.   The founder of homeopathy is said to be Samuel Hahnemann, a German who established the fundamental principles of both the science and art of homeopathic healing over 200 years ago.  He is also called the ‘father of experimental pharmacology’.  Homeopathy became a popular healing method during the 1800’s with the first schools opening around 1830, followed by dozens of homeopathic institutions throughout Europe and the United States.  By the beginning of the 20th century, there were thought to be over 15,000 homeopathic practitioners in the United States alone.  However, homeopathy healing had many vocal critics throughout the mid 1800’s in both the U.S and Europe.  By 1920, according to Wikipedia, the last homeopathic school in the United States had closed.  Homeopathic practitioner numbers continued to dwindle until the mid 1970’s when homeopathy and homeopathic products experienced resurgence.  Today you can find homeopathic healing products in most large pharmaceutical chains.   According to HomeopathyResource.com, 20% to 40% of physicians throughout Germany, United Kingdom, France and Holland regularly use homeopathy healing with their patients.  Homeopathic services are reimbursable under national health plans in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Austria and India where over 100,000,000 use homeopathy as their only form of medical care.   We hope you have learned more about Homeopathy as a natural health therapy. For more information, visit the Homeopathic section at All Things Healing online regularly.

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Bharti Nathani, BHMS received her Bachelor’s in Homeopathy Medical Science and Surgery from Gujarat, India. After Graduation, she spent few months as an Assistant Professor ...
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by Judith Hanna Doshi MA, CCH (Cand)

To illustrate suppression at work, take the hypothetical example of eczema suppressed with cortisone cream, a common practice in modern medicine. When these topical applications continue over time, the eczema can disappear, only to be replaced by asthma, a more serious condition because it involves the lungs and the respiratory function (versus the more external skin)...


Editor's Note: In Part 1 of my article on Suppression, I showed how prevalent suppression is in our 'fast relief' culture. I introduced you to the concept of Vital Force, its relationship to symptoms and the risk involved in suppressing them. In Part 2 I give everyday examples of suppression, focussing on the harmful effects of prescription drugs. In my Blueprint for Better Health I suggest ways to reduce or eliminate suppression from our lives in order to achieve a genuine improvement in health.



by Joette Calabrese HMC, CCH, RSHom(NA)

As we near Thanksgiving, the joys of the holiday season start to warm us. If your family is anything like mine, there is always more for your eyes to feast on then what fits in your belly! Don't fret, have a few remedies on hand & the joyous celebrations won't even skip a beat...


Editor's Note: Joette is a regular contributor to many radio talk shows as well as a contributor to homeopathy journals and health magazines. Her newsletter and website, homeopathyworks.net is chock full of wonderful information about the healing power of homeopathy in everyday life.



by Randall Neustaedter OMD, LAc

Homeopathic treatment for children can be separated into two categories: self-limiting, acute conditions such as colds, sore throats, and stomach flu, or persistent, chronic conditions such as allergies and eczema. Homeopathy is successful in both categories...


Editor's Note: Dr. Neustaedter provides excellent and yet simple to understand explanation of acute and chronic illnesses for treating children with homeopathy...


by Judith Hanna Doshi MA, CCH (Cand)

In my Homeopathy practice, one of the first things I make a mental note of when I see a new client is the number and type of suppressive influences the client has experienced over the course of his or her lifetime. This information helps me to select the remedy that most closely mirrors my client’s state of dis-ease and its constellation of unique symptoms....


Editor's Note: Suppression is one of the key contributing factors to ill health. Each one of us has a history of suppressive influences and events in our lives, starting from birth or even before. You'd be amazed how extensive the list can be!



by Amy Lansky, PhD

With Valentine's Day coming up, it's sometimes good to remember a remedy that can help when love doesn't go our way—Ignatia Amara...


Editor´s Note: In this short article, Amy presents the key indications for the homeopathic remedy Ignatia in situations of acute grief involving loss of a loved one for whatever reason. While Ignatia is one of the main remedies to consider for grief, there are several other important ones, the choice being determined by the totality of symptoms. If grief is ongoing, treatment with the person's constitutional remedy is highly advisable.



by Renita Herrmann CCH, RSHom (NA), MS

There’s nothing like crawling in between two cool sheets and falling into blissful slumber. Maybe it’s been easy for me because I keep so busy during the day that it’s never been a problem...


Editor´s Note: Sleep is so important! Sound sleep is both a prerequisite to, and a marker of, good health! Renita reviews some of the main factors that contribute to insomnia and some of the measures we can take to overcome these. With homeopathic treatment, improved sleep is often one of the first changes reported by the client!



by Miranda Castro FSHom, RSHom (NA), CCH

Many homeopaths, believing that the explanation of how homeopathy works is secondary to its success with literally millions of patients, have traditionally refused to reveal the names of the medicines they give. This and the lack of information they have provided about their practice has led to an aura of secrecy in which myths abound. It is worth looking at a few of these misapprehensions...


Editor´s Note: Miranda's article lays out some of the common misunderstandings about Homeopathy. Although it is usually promoted as a "safe, gentle and effective" mode of treatment, it must be recognized that Homeopathy is a complex treatment modality that requires considerable skill to administer and manage effectively, preferably by a professional homeopath.



"There is a great danger in selecting a remedy on external symptoms alone, i.e., selecting a remedy that corresponds only to the skin and ignoring all the symptoms that the patient may have, ignoring the whole economy and general state of the patient; because it is true that that remedy that is related to the skin alone may drive in that skin disease and cause it to disappear while the patient himself is not cured."

~James Tyler Kent, Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy


Interview With Filmmaker Laurel Chiten

As a patient, I went to see Dr. Luc De Schepper many years ago. His love of homeopathy was so infectious! He suggested I make a film about the use of homeopathy for autism. I needed people who had shot “before” footage of their child. Dr. Luc De Schepper told me “I have the family for you!” He introduced me to the Korns, Nancy and Evan, who have an autistic son, Lucas...


Editor´s Note: Just One Drop (working title) is a powerful documentary-in-the-making by Laurel Chiten and Blind Dog Films. The project started out examining the homeopathic treatment of an autistic child but its scope has expanded to a much broader view of Homeopathy. Watch the fundraising trailer accompanying the Q & A with Laurel and please consider supporting a very worthwhile project as it nears completion, a project that will help create greater awareness of the amazing art and science of Homeopathy!



by Dr. Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Dr. Robert Ullman

We are not suggesting that you can read this article and then choose the one substance, among the 3500, that is the one that best fits you. To the contrary, homeopathic case taking, case analysis, and the prescribing of the simillimum is a science and an art. We continue, after thirty years of practice, to learn more about materia medica (the medicines) and about the intricacies of case taking, of understanding our patients, and of prescribing the best possible medicine...


Editor´s Note: Each Individual differs from one another so their medicines also differ, so let's see in which kingdom we are?



by Barbara Etcovitch BA, MA, DHom (UK), RSHom (NA), CCH, RCSHom, AIEM

The Holidays are a time for celebrating with friends, colleagues and family and may include indulging in lavish dinners. When we eat and drink beyond our limits, however, all the holiday cheer may take a toll on our bodies. Fortunately, homeopathy can be of assistance in "curing" the ills that come with too much socializing...


Editor's Note: As the holiday season approaches, we can be prepared for the inevitable overindulgence that most of us will experience. Barbara offers a handful of homeopathic remedies that can turn misery into comfort without being suppressive or causing harmful side effects!



by Jane Tara Cicchetti RSHom (NA), CCH

Homeopathy is an effective system of natural health care that uses remedies made from minute amounts of specially prepared natural substances to stimulate the body and mind to heal naturally. One of the basic premises of homeopathy is that the mind, body and emotions are inseparably inter-linked. Samuel Hahnemann, who founded homeopathy almost 200 years ago, said when a person gets ill, he is affected emotionally and mentally as well as physically...


Editor's Note: Many people seek homeopathic treatment for emotional imbalances or inability to cope. In this article, Jane explains how a well chosen homeopathic remedy can benefit a person's emotional state and, as an added bonus, enhance and complement ongoing psychotherapy.



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Understanding Health and Dis-ease

by Judith Hanna Doshi MA, CCH (Cand)

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself how healthy you really are? How often do you find yourself reaching for anything that will give you fast relief for your symptoms? Do you wonder whether managing your symptoms in this way qualifies as being in good health, as conventional medical thought would have us believe? What in fact does being truly healthy look like? In this article I will present an alternative view of health and disease, inspired by the principles of Homeopathy, that will hopefully get you thinking about the way you approach your own health...


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