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Homeopathy

What Is It?
How Does It Work?
What Happens During Treatment?
What Is It Used For?
Side Effects/Cautions
Recommended Books


What Is It?
Homeopathy is a holistic healing system that is based on the idea that “like cures like” or the “law of similars”: patients showing specific symptoms are treated by giving them a minute dose of a substance that causes similar symptoms. Homeopathic remedies consist of tiny amounts of substances derived from plants, animals and minerals which are diluted many times, and are used to treat a wide variety of physical, mental and emotional problems.

Homeopathy was developed around 1800 by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Disgusted by medical practices such as blood-letting and purging, common at that time, Hahnemann quit his practice and began looking for more humane ways to treat illnesses. During his research into the healing qualities of natural substances, he discovered that cinchona bark, a remedy for malaria, produced malaria-like symptoms when taken by a health person. This discovery formed the basis of his “Law of Similars” which suggested that a substance which produces symptoms in a healthy person could also cure those symptoms in a sick person. Hahnemann then experimented with a number of substances, on himself and other healthy volunteers, trying different doses and developing a special process for diluting and shaking each substance until they reached a potency that was safe and effective.

How Does It Work?
The dilution process used in many homeopathic remedies makes it impossible to detect the original substance. This has led many scientists to dismiss the remedies as no more than a placebo. However, advocates of homeopathy have explained the effectiveness of these treatments in terms of an “imprint” or “memory” of the active ingredient contained in the water used to dilute the substance. Repeated dilutions, or “potentisations” make the imprint stronger rather than weaker, and this imprint is thought to mobilise the body’s vital energy to improve wellbeing.

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What Happens During Treatment?
Homeopathic remedies are available in tinctures, tablets, powders and ointments in various potencies. Many are available in health stores and pharmacies and are considered safe to self-administer, but seeking advice from a trained homeopath can help you find the best remedy for your particular problems.

Your homeopath will take a complete medical history and ask detailed questions about your symptoms before suggesting a remedy and a dosage which is best for you. Remedies are usually prescribed one at a time, sometimes in combinations. Once a remedy is selected for you, you will only need to see your homeopath again in two to six weeks time. By this time you should know whether the remedy has worked for you.

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What Is It Used For?
Homeopathic remedies have been effective in treating respiratory conditions such as hay fever and asthma, colds and flu, digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, pain or traumatic injury such as sprains, psychological problems, headaches and many other ailments.

Side Effects/Cautions
Some homeopathic tinctures contain small amounts of alcohol. It’s best not to take these if you need to avoid alcohol.

Remedies should not be taken for extended periods of time. If there has been no improvement after a week or so, you may want to try another remedy.

If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before taking a homeopathic remedy.

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Recommended Books

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Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy
Amy L. Lansky

Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy provides an in-depth and exciting account of the history, philosophy, and experience of homeopathic medicine. At the core of Impossible Cure is the amazing story of how the author's son was cured of autism with homeopathy. It also includes dozens of other testimonials of homeopathic cure, for a variety of physical, mental, and emotional conditions.
Impossible Cure will serve as an invaluable guide to anyone interested in learning more about this intriguing form of health care. It has won endorsements from leading experts in alternative health care, including: Larry Dossey, MD (executive editor, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and author of Healing Words); Bernard Rimland, PhD (director, Autism Research Institute); Wayne Jonas, MD (director, Samueli Institute, and former director, Office of Alternative Medicine, NIH); Michael Castleman (author of The New Healing Herbs and other consumer health books); Louis Klein, RSHom (president, Luminos Homeopathic Courses); and Richard Pitt, CCH, RSHom (NA) (director, Pacific Academy of Homeopathy).

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Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines: Safe and Effective Remedies for You and Your Family
Stephen Cummings

Written by a medical doctor and a well-known homeopath, who has authored several books on the subject, this revised and expanded edition is a good introduction to the theory and practice of homeopathy. Intended for the lay reader, the bulk of the book details self-treatment options for common ailments. The authors take great care advising patients when professional medical intervention is warranted.

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The Complete Homeopathy Handbook : Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Fevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, Food Poisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints
Miranda Castro

Homopathy is an approach to medicine based on the principle that any substance that can cause illness can also be a cure. Centuries old, its practice has always enjoyed wide popularity among individuals looking for safe and effective ways to treat illness as well as to improve their health.
The Complete Homeopathy Handbook is the definitive guide for using homeopathic remedies at home. It includes A-to-Z listings for external and internal remedies, with explanations for correctly diagnosing the symptoms of any particular injury or illness. The book also includes ten case studies and specific dos and don'ts to follow when treating more than seventy conditions.

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