HOMEOPATHY

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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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!

 

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by Laurie DeFrain Stemm

It was the beginning of a wonderful vacation in southern Brazil. My husband, our two boys, and I were having so much fun swimming on the beach in the crystal blue waves all afternoon. By sunset, we began watching the colors of the day drift into the sea...

 

Editor´s Note: This is a great example of the well chosen homeopathic remedy's ability to trigger a speedy healing response in a sudden onset acute illness. Without a hospital nearby (it is always advisable to seek medical care in an unfamiliar situation like this), Laurie relied on good judgment and her knowledge of homeopathic first aid to find a remedy that came closest to matching her son's symptoms.

 

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by Mary Ellen Coulter MD, CCH

Anxiety, which seems to be increasingly prevalent, affects approximately 40 million Americans. Of these, 6 million have been diagnosed with panic disorder, anxiety that is more severe, frequent and difficult to control. The more common symptoms of palpitations, light-headedness or dizziness, nausea and a feeling of impending doom, are common and may not help with the selection of a specific homeopathic treatment...

 

Editor's Note: Mary Ellen presents the distinguishing features of 9 homeopathic remedies for acute episodes of anxiety or panic attacks. As always, if these symptoms recur and are hindering a person's wellbeing, he or she needs to consult a professional homeopath for constitutional treatment which can be highly effective.

 

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by Gina Tyler DHom

"My introduction to volunteer work as a homeopath came from my clinical homeopathic work in Calcutta India under the guidance of Dr. S.K. Banerjea. He runs many slum clinics for the poor and also a mobile homeopathic bus that makes stops in extremely poor areas of Calcutta. I was in Calcutta with Banerjea for about a month. We went to all the slum clinics in the homeopathic pharmacy bus. It was loaded with homeopaths and remedies. The door would swing open in the back and patients would line up for hours in the heat..."

 

Editor´s Note: After reading Gina's interview, I am so proud to be a part of the community of homeopaths. The determination that she demonstrated to provide homeopathic aid to the people of Indonesia--both in direct treatment and teaching them how to self-prescribe for acute ailments--is astounding. A shining example of the empowering ability of Homeopathy and the dedication of the homeopathic profession!

 

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by Ian R. Luepker, ND, DHANP

As a practitioner working with children who struggle with psychological and behavioral issues, I am very interested in understanding what most helps children survive difficult, even traumatic, childhoods. Beyond surviving, I'm even more interested in what helps children to become confident, autonomous and successful adults...

 


Editor's Note: Dr. Luepker specializes in treatment of children with disorders on the Autistic spectrum. With his extensive experience he gives us a clear case of childhood depression treated with homeopathy.

 

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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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by Pat Deacon RSHom, HMC, ANN

Giving birth, at its best, is a completely natural human process that requires little or no assistance. Rarely, though, do we see examples of this in our culture today. We have lost touch with the normalcy of birth...

 

Editor's Note: In this helpful article for moms-to-be, Pat describes the various complications that could occur during the birthing process and the corresponding homeopathic remedies that can smooth out the process and avoid more invasive procedures. Homeopathy is a great ally in the birthing room!

 

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by Amy Lansky, PhD

Is it an accident that the word “patient” has two meanings? Of course not. As a patient (noun) we must be patient (adjective). This is especially true when you are the parent of an autistic child...


Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: How do parents of autistic children determine which alternative therapies are most effective? Usually by trial and practice. Amy Lansky chose homeopathy for her son, a process chronicled in her book "Impossible Cure." In this article she provides a supportive, realistic guide for helping parents manage long term therapies for autism and other chronic conditions. It encourages patience and meeting children where they are. It recommends celebrating every improvement and recognizes the importance of allowing the process to unfold organically, wise guidance that could be applied to parenting in general.


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by Myra Nissen, CCH, RSHom (NA)

Some women never know they've uterine fibroids; they might exist but there are no symptoms. However, some thirty percent have fibroids large sufficient to cause symptoms which range from annoying to alarming...

 

 

 

 

 

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by Oonagh Taeger DHom (UK), PCH

When Hahnemann experimentally dosed himself with China in 1790, he conducted the first homeopathic proving, if an informal one. A proving is a controlled experiment in which the effects of a medicine are tested. (Homeopathic medicines are known as remedies.)...

 

Editor´s Note: We often hear of the vast amount of remedies in the homeopathic materia medica--numbering in the thousands--but how these remedies come into clinical usefulness remains a mystery to most of us. Here, Oonagh explains the fascinating process of a homeopathic proving. Hats off to all the homeopaths whose hard work and dedication to expanding and refining our materia medica through provings enhances the healing potential of Homeopathy!

 

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by Robert Medhurst

The principles that underpin homeopathy were laid down clearly by the founder of the art, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in his Organon of Medicine(1). In a footnote to Aphorism 260 of the sixth edition of this venerable work(2), he outlines the factors that are likely to adversely affect the activity of the Similimum, or remedy whose proving picture best matches the presentation of the patient...

 

Editor´s Note: Robert's article serves as a reminder to both homeopathic practitioners and clients that attention must be paid to factors that can potentially antidote the positive action of a homeopathic simillimum or adversely affect the properties of the remedies themselves. While there remains some debate on these issues, homeopathic remedies appear to be fairly hardy although some degree of caution in the handling of remedies is probably the wise course.

 

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Editor's Note: Dr. Jeremy Swayne started out as a conventional general practitioner but was led to Homeopathy because he wanted a much more comprehensive model of health and illness that provides real solutions and not just band-aid treatment. He is absolutely right in saying that Homeopathy is not easy to practice: the homeopath doesn't always get the right remedy on the first or even the second try--as a result clients tend to drop out too soon...

 

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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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