"The highest ideal of cure is the rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health or the removal of the disease in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way on easily comprehensible principles." S. Hahnemann Organon of Medicine, 6th Edition
Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. It is extremely safe to use, even with very small children and pets, has none of the side effects of many traditional medications, is very affordable, is made from natural substances, and is FDA regulated.
It is used to treat acute illnesses, like colds, ear infections, migraines, and sore throats, as well as chronic conditions, like asthma, depression, acid reflux, and arthritis.
Homeopathic medicines – known as “remedies” – are made from natural sources (e.g., plants, minerals), and are environmentally friendly and cruelty free. Most are available over the counter in grocery stores, drug stores, health food stores, homeopathic pharmacies, and online. They are also extremely affordable. Homeopathic remedies when used as directed, are completely safe for everyone – including pregnant and nursing women, infants, children, and adults. They are given in such small doses that they don’t cause side effects.
One thing to note is that the word homeopathy is not a general or “umbrella” term that describes a variety of different natural therapies. Although homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, or other types of natural medicines. It is its own, unique therapeutic system.
Anyone can learn to treat simple conditions safely at home using homeopathy, but a professional should treat serious or life-threatening conditions.
When a person becomes ill, it is the whole that is sick: body, mind, spirit. The body manifests symptoms of illness but it is not the origin of the illness. Upon death, the physical body remains, but it is no longer curable. That which is curable, the 'vital force', has left the body. The origin of illness lies in an imbalance of the vital force. The symptoms expressed by the body, mind, and spirit are the manifestation of that imbalance. By matching the symptoms of illness with the appropriate homeopathic remedy, the vital force returns to balance. The symptoms disappear as the person heals themselves.
The homeopathic practitioner matches the symptom picture of the homeopathic remedy to the symptom picture of the person...
The Four Principles
Homeopathy is a dynamic body of knowledge that has its roots in four principles:
The Cornerstone Principle
The cornerstone principle is Similia Similbus Curentur, "Let likes cure likes" Homeopathy actually derives its name from the Greek, homoeo='similar', and pathos='suffering'. Through research and practice Hahnemann verified cure through the use of similars. A substance that can produce disease in a healthy person is used to elicit a healing response in someone presenting with a similar disease. Each person shows symptoms of the body/mind/spirit when they are sick. Some of these symptoms are common to that sickness, others are characteristic of that person in their sickness. The homeopathic practitioner matches the symptom picture of the homeopathic remedy to the symptom picture of the person, with particular attention paid to those symptoms which are unique to the individual.
The Single Remedy
The second principle of homeopathy is The Single Remedy with constitutional prescribing. Only one homeopathic remedy is given at any one time with this method. During acute prescribing, more than one remedy may be given. It is in this principle where changes have occurred with more modern methods of assessment. The prescriber attempts to limit the number of remedies. One hour must lapse between remedies.
The Minimum Dose
The third principle of homeopathy is The Minimum Dose. This refers to the infinitesimal doses of medicine given as well as to the repetition of dose only when necessary. Drugs given to individuals in material doses frequently cause side effects or adverse reactions. To curtail this problem, the homeopath administers the smallest possible dose so as to maximize beneficial effects and minimize side effects. Repetition of dose is determined by the individual's response to the remedy. Unnecessary repetition may lessen the response, even to the correct remedy. In homeopathy, less is better.
The Potentized Remedy
The fourth principle of homeopathy is The Potentized Remedy. Homeopathic remedies, though made from natural substances such as plants, minerals, animals, etc., are manufactured unlike any other medicine. Through a process of serial dilution a very dilute extract is made. With every step of dilution the remedy is vigorously shaken-succussed. This process of succussion is designed to arouse the dynamic nature of the medicine. To affect the vital force, a similarly energetic, homeopathic remedy must be employed.
Roseanna views the study/practice of homeopathy as a life long pursuit.
About Roseanna Rich
,Roseanna Rich, MSN BSN Clinical Herbalist/Homeopath is a practitioner with 46 years of health care experience. Thirty-one years ago, she left traditional nursing to pursue a career as a wholistic practitioner, educating clients about how to stay healthy using homeopathy, herbs and yoga. She has been using and studying homeopathy since that time. Roseanna views the study/practice of homeopathy as a life long pursuit. Roseanna successfully completed her CCH exam in October 2016 and is a candidate for Certification in Classical Homeopathy. She is completing her clinical requirement at the British Institute of Homeopathy.. Her mentor is the distinguished, Kathleen Slonager, RN, DiHOM, ADS, AE-C, CCH, President of the Homeopathic Nurses Association. Roseanna encourages clients to learn the basics of Homeopathy and Herbal medicine to treat at home minor ailments and to empower themselves with the courage to heal themselves, family and friends.
What is homeopathy’s history?
The Law of Similars has been documented since at least the time of Hippocrates (ca. 400 B.C.), but it is Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German doctor and chemist, who is credited with founding homeopathy. He discovered the truth of the Law of Similars by testing small doses of medicine on himself.
By 1900, about twenty percent of doctors in the United States were homeopaths, but due to various political and social changes, homeopathy became relatively unknown in the US until recently. There is wider acceptance of homeopathy in such countries as France, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, India and Great Britain. In fact, the family doctor to England's Queen Elizabeth is a homeopathic physician. In fact, the World Health Organization estimate that it is currently practiced by over 500 million people worldwide.
How does homeopathy differ from conventional medicine?
Homeopathy is based on a rule of nature called the Law of Similars. This law states that "like cures like," or that a medicine can cure a sick person if it can cause a similar sickness in a healthy person. For instance, if you peel an onion, your eyes burn, itch and water. You might also have a runny nose and begin to sneeze. If you had similar symptoms during a cold or allergy attack, such as a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, a homeopathic micro-dose of the remedy Allium cepa (red onion) would help your body heal itself.
The homeopath regards symptoms as the body’s healthy attempt to restore itself to balance. That is why a homeopath will choose a remedy that supports the symptoms—rather than opposing them or suppressing them as in conventional medicine. In conventional medicine, a cold or hayfever sufferer is given an antihistamine to dry up the runny nose and watery eyes artificially. But this medication often comes with unpleasant side effects like sleepiness and constipation. With the correct homeopathic remedy, however, there are no side effects and a person is restored to health naturally.
Homeopathy also recognizes that each person exhibits his or her disease in a unique and slightly different way. That is why two people with the same disease will not necessarily receive the same homeopathic remedy. A cold sufferer with a stopped up nose and dry eyes would receive a different remedy than one with a runny nose and watering eyes. Unlike the “one size fits all” approach to prescribing often used in conventional medicine, a homeopath chooses a remedy that matches the unique symptom profile of the individual. Conventional medicine seeks to control illness through the regular use of medications; if the medicine is withdrawn, the person’s symptoms return. For example, the daily use of drugs for asthma (or any chronic disease for that matter) alleviates the symptoms but does not cure the underlying problem. In homeopathy the ideal is that a person needs just enough of the homeopathic remedy to stimulate their healing response. In other words, homeopathy seeks to cure a person so that they do not need any medications—homeopathic or otherwise.
Are homeopathic medicines regulated?
Homeopathic medicines are considered to be drugs under U.S. federal law, and the Food and Drug Administration regulates the manufacture, marketing, and sales of all homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic medicines are made according to a book of standards called the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS). The HPUS contains all of the information necessary for the proper identification of the raw materials used to make homeopathic medicines, as well as techniques for their manufacture and quality control. Homeopathic medicines are derived from botanical (plant), mineral, and some animal sources.
Who practices homeopathy?
Homeopathy is practiced by a wide variety of health-care practitioners including medical doctors, osteopaths, naturopathic physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, veterinarians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, podiatrists, and professional homeopaths. Individual states regulate the practice of homeopathy, and each state’s laws and requirements for practice are different. Since 2000, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Idaho, New Mexico and California have adopted legislation that allows unlicensed complementary and alternative health practitioners (including unlicensed homeopaths) the freedom to practice as long as they give full disclosure of their training and background. Efforts are underway in other states to adopt similar legislation.
There is no diploma or certificate from any school or program recognized as a license to practice homeopathy in the US. Individual state laws and licensing boards regulate the practice of homeopathy and each state's laws and requirements for practice may be different.
Specialty organizations for professional homeopaths are:
• Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC): This organization certifies classical homeopaths.
• North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) All professional homeopaths in North America. NASH aims to develop and uphold the highest level of excellence in homeopathic practice.
• The Academy of Homeopathic Veterinarians – Veterinarians
• The Homeopathic Nurses Association – Nurses
• American Institute of Homeopathy – Medical Professionals
When do I need to go to a professional homeopath?
Consumers can learn to treat simple first-aid and acute conditions effectively with the aid of homeopathic self-care books or by attending homeopathic classes, but serious, chronic conditions should always be treated by an experienced homeopathic practitioner.
What happens during a homeopathic consultation and what does it cost?
The first visit usually lasts one to two hours. During the visit, the homeopath will review the patient’s medical history and attempt to elicit a full picture of the patient’s symptoms—mental, emotional, and physical. A homeopathic medicine will be chosen to match the patient’s symptom profile. Scheduling of follow-up visits will vary depending on the needs of the patient and the practitioner’s philosophy; intervals of four to six weeks are typical. A follow-up visit normally lasts 30–60 minutes. The cost of a first visit to a homeopath varies and typically ranges from $225 to $500 depending on many factors and the area of the country in which you live.
Recommendations for taking
• Take your remedy only as directed by the homeopath, do not take an extra dose as you think you might need it, unless instructed by the Homeopath. Remember in homeopathy, the minimum dose is the rule of action!
• Take the full amount of the remedy as directed and put liquid or pellet remedy into your mouth under your tongue without touching it at all with your hands. Let the tiny pellets dissolve in your mouth. If you touch them or drop them, discard them. Make sure you collect all the small pellets so that children or pets do not eat them.
• Do not put anything in your mouth –do not eat or drink- for at least 15 minutes before or after taking the remedy. ALLOW 1 HOUR AFTER YOUR REMEDY DISSOLVES BEFORE TAKING ANOTHER REMEDY, DRINKING COFFEE OR MINT TEA, USING STRONG SCENTED AROMATICS, SMOKING ANYTHING. Switch to myrrh and fennel toothpaste or avoid brushing with minted toothpaste 1 hour before or after taking remedy.
• While you are on the remedy (the duration of which to be discussed with the homeopath), the following substances may antidote your remedy: coffee and using products containing mint, peppermint, spearmint, camphor (such as Vicks, Noxema, tiger balm, Karmex, Blistex, Ben-gay, essential oils, perfume oils, incense). It is best to avoid these all together or wait 1 hour before or after taking a remedy. These procedures can also interfere with the remedy: dental work which involves drilling, grinding or ultra-sonic cleaning.
• If you are taking medications, take them at least 1 HOUR before you take the homeopathic remedy.
• If you are not taking the remedy straight away, keep your remedy envelope out of direct sunlight, heat, cold or damp and away from other strong aromatic products such as essential oils, coffee, toothpaste, incense.
• Taking your remedy in the evening before bed, according to the instructions above, will reduce the tendency for antedoting the remedy. Keep some paper and a pen beside your bed and make sure to write down your dreams the first night you take the remedy. Over the next few days, weeks before your next appointment, consider keeping a brief journal of all your symptoms and how they feel, make sure you also write down anything unusual, your mental capacity, and how you feel, both energy level and how you feel emotionally. Note any changes in your hunger, desires, or thirst as well. Use the BOOK OF CHANGES to record your observations.
Should you begin to feel much worse and have any complications or questions, call your Homeopathic Practitioner immediately.