Wednesday, 16 October 2013

What is homeopathy?

The short answer is that homeopathy is a system of medicine which stimulates the body's own capacity to heal itself. Read on for a more comprehensive explanation!

Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine within itself, the roots of which go back hundreds of years. This form of medicine is governed by central, unchanging guiding principles. How these principles are applied in the practise of homeopathy may vary from individual to individual as this system of medicine is tailored to the individual in a holistic and personal way. Each person's experience of illness is subjective when compared with another person suffering exactly the same condition. Although there are features common to both, the pathological disturbance differs in individual constitutions. This why in homeopathy there are thousands of remedies, and any two people suffering for example, Multiple Sclerosis will be prescribed different homeopathic medicines rather than the same ones. This fact explains, why some people have few symptoms of cancer until it is diagnosed and death follows within weeks, and why other people have symptoms which indicate cancer but may live 10-20 years after the initial diagnosis. Each person's body is different and responds differently to sickness. The disease is not the same, and so the remedy must be necessarily be different too.

These central principles are:
  1. The Law of Similars. Similibus Similia Curentur. This means if one administers a substance to a healthy person and the person then develops a particular pattern of illness, then this substance will be likely to cure that pattern as is already shown in a sick person. All homeopathic medicines have been tested on healthy subjects and the experience of illness that ensued was recorded to show which disturbances these medicines would cure in sick people. Cure occurs not by opposing symptoms of illness but by joining forces with the body's own attempts to overthrow disturbance and helping the body to complete its action by giving it extra strength and stimulus.
  2. The Principle of the Minimum Dose. This principle refers to the fact that the dosage of a medicine exists only to stimulate the body into healing itself. The dose is as small as it is possible to be while also having a therapeutic effect. This is to do with the fact that homeopathic medicines are highly dilute (see below). But this is also to do with professional homeopaths' approach to case management and the avoidance of drug dependence and subsequent weakening of people's immune systems through the toxic effects of drugs.
  3. Hering's Law or the Principle of Cure. This is the principle by which homeopaths determine whether a cure is actually taking place or not. I will write more on this later. 
Homeopathic medicines are prepared from many different substances such as plants and herbs, metals, poisons, animal excretions, and disease materials. The preparation of medicines is unique in the world and people have found it difficult to grasp and comprehend. However, there is progress being made into developing insight and understanding as to how this specific method is effective in being both therapeutic and yet completely non-toxic at the same time. This non-toxicity of effective healing agents has always been a struggle and difficult problem to medicine-men throughout time, as it is well-known that many substances which can cure, can also kill. Hence, within the system of orthodox medicine, there are huge areas of blurred ethics around the capacity of medicines to cause serious side-effects to the body which may complicate illness or at worst kill a patient. This has led to intense regulation and has necessitated many clinical trials, pharmaceutical patents and drug licenses. This has led to the creation of medicine boards. And this has also led to episodes of crisis (the Thalidomide scandal, for example) and class action lawsuits. The fact that homeopathy has solved a problem which leads to suffering, paranoia, clinical danger and expenditure of huge sums of money on drugs rather than resources and health-care for all is a fact which seems to be conveniently ignored by most.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Is homeopathy safe for children?

Yes, of course! Homeopathy is safe for newborns, infants, older babies and children of all ages. In fact, because children have such amazing vitality and energy they respond quickly and immediately to homeopathic medicine. They enjoy the taste of the pills and tablets - they never refuse remedies! Homeopathic medicines never affect them by making them feel drowsy, low in energy or sick. They bring back good humour, appetite, interest in life even before the improvement kicks in with physical illness. Homeopathy is safe and also an effective treatment for children with chronic, diagnosed conditions and perfectly safe to take alongside prescribed medication. 

What kind of situations can homeopathy transform or heal in the lives of your children?
  1. Teething, colic, constipation, sleep disturbance and appetite in babies.
  2. Low and high fevers, and all manner of viral and bacterial infections.
  3. Ear infections, glue ear, sore throats, tonsillitis, conjunctivitis.
  4. Headaches and tummy aches, winter vomiting bug, food poisoning, diarrhoea, worms, head-lice.
  5. Emotional upsets of all kinds - fears (the dark, dogs, ghosts, death) , effects of bullying, 'school refusers', learning difficulties (ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, speech and language difficulties and developmental delays) shyness, lack of confidence, difficulties with friends.
  6. In girls, early development towards puberty and emotional stresses resulting from it.
  7. Growing pains, warts, molluscum, eczema, asthma, allergies, anaemia.
  8. Adverse effects or reactions to vaccinations. 
  9. Help, support and healing of more serious unhappiness and mental and emotional disorders in children who have already experienced much trauma and/or abuse in their short-lives. Healing of the hurts caused by abandonment, separations and rejection.

Can I have homeopathy if I have alcoholism or if I am a recovering alcoholic?

Yes. First to be practical, many alternative medicines such as herbal remedies come preserved in alcohol, so that can be difficult for recovering alcoholics. If you wish to use homeopathic remedies, your homeopath can dispense them in a liquid alcohol-free form. Your remedy will be placed in water and the water will be preserved with charcoal or cider vinegar. I prefer charcoal, as cider vinegar does not last as long and can taste funny after a while! Alcohol is not used for homeopathic tablet and pill preparations so these are always safe to use. Homeopathy is safe to use in conjunction with prescription drugs.

While you are asking this question, what about what homeopathy can do to help people afflicted with addiction to alcohol, whether still drinking or in recovery? 

  1. Homeopathy can treat the person's deep pain which led them to take to drinking as a coping mechanism.
  2. It can treat all physical problems and complicated emotional fall-out in relationships as a result of drinking.
  3. It can detox the body and provide much needed support to the liver and other organs.
  4. It can help with rehab and provides amazing relief for delirium tremens.
  5. It can treat the susceptibility to alcoholism which runs in families thus helping future generations.
  6. It can reduce if not eliminate alcohol cravings which will provide further support to people in recovery.
  7. It can treat many associated physical illnesses. 
  8. Homeopathic treatment can help to liberate the free will and will-power of the individual to strengthen their capacity to triumph over their addiction. 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Can I take homeopathic remedies if I have diabetes?

Yes. It may better for you to use either the lactose tablets or to take homeopathic medicines in liquid form, as all pills are made of sugar. But it really depends on your blood sugar control as to whether you can use sucrose pills. I have treated people with diabetes who have been able to take a homeopathic remedy in any form, as the amounts of sugar we are speaking of are so minuscule as to not make a difference. Pills and/or tablets may be dissolved in water also.

Incidentally, homeopathic treatment is a wonderful way forward for people with diabetes. This is what homeopathy can do: 

  1. It can help you regain blood sugar control. 
  2. It can help you maintain your warning signs and symptoms if you have lost them, due to the diabetes becoming more unmanageable.
  3. In mild cases of Type II diabetes, it can help restore healthy pancreatic functioning through 'organ support' remedies combined with constitutional treatment combined with lifestyle measures.
  4. It can help you to regain vitality and overall health by treating  associated health problems and it can mitigate health risks associated with diabetes, especially as people age more.
  5. Homeopathic treatment can help prevent people from developing diabetes in those with a genetic predisposition and other risk factors, including obesity.
  6. Homeopathy can help with sugar cravings.
  7. Homeopathy can help with deep emotional stresses, anxieties and fears in people who have diabetes.
  8. Homeopathy is safe and effective for women with gestational diabetes, and will help mitigate the risk of pre-term births and 'large' size babies, for example.
  9. Homeopathic is safe for people to take in conjunction with diabetic drugs.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Can I take homeopathic remedies if I have a milk allergy?

Yes. Most over the counter homeopathic medicines come in two different forms. 
  1. Lactose Tablets. Hard or soft. 
  2. Sucrose pills.
If you have a milk allergy, then you must use the sucrose pills and avoid the tablets. These can vary from very tiny granules, to small pillules to larger pills. All of which dissolve easily in the mouth or in water. 

If you are undergoing treatment by a professional homeopath then she/he will prescribe you medicines in a form appropriate to your needs. This may also come in the form of a liquid remedy preserved in a small amount of alcohol, which is also safe for people who have different allergies. 

The aim of homeopathic treatment is always to treat allergies by rebalancing a usually allergic constitution with the aim of restoring the body's capacity to deal with allergens. Perhaps the client will become able ingest these substances in the future, if that is the wish! 
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