Man, beast and plants are helped by the remedies. For over 200 years, homeopathy has been employed. Currently mankind and animals have been treated by physicians, homeopaths and vets with homeopathy, and recently agricultural and plant applications have begun to be explored at much reduced cost and no toxicity compared to current technologies; to strengthen plants, deter pests, disease and balance soils. A first book on agricultural use has also been published. (Ref 2)
The remedies act to heal the whole man, instead of target tissues and organs the remedies act on the healing principle of the person, which permeates their whole being. So the remedies act on all facets of human experience; physical, emotional, and psychological, to help man create total equilibrium in natures own way and at the speed to which his body is capable of healing with the least amount of distress.
Homeopathic philosophy trusts the created wisdom of the body and its communications (symptoms) and its created ability to heal itself when given the necessary raw materials (healthy food, nutrition, exercise etc.). Symptoms are viewed as the body’s inherent best effort in protecting itself and generally beneficial (although can be life threatening in a crisis and need to be addressed), so medicines that cause symptoms similar to what the body is already communicating resonates with the current body frequency (or symptom state) and amplifies its effect –Then the body responds in an equal and opposite manner (Newtons 3rd law of motion), to maintain equilibrium, and symptoms are relieved. (Ref 16)
Modern “anti” drugs (antihistamines etc.) push the body off balance and inhibit the body’s natural protective mechanisms. In order to maintain equilibrium the body responds in equal and opposite manner, thus causing the symptoms to return, necessitating repeating drugs, and increasing dosages as the body’s equilibrium response becomes stronger than the “anti” drug or nullifying its effect altogether, necessitating using multiple of the same class of drug or alternative stronger “anti” drugs. The drug also becomes metabolized by the body; which it does so because the body does not perceive the need for the medicine (like how your body gets rid of toxins and other extra water soluble vitamins it doesn’t need).
This applies to all substances that suppress the body’s response or alter conditions in any way (even over the counter drugs or some herbs). If this change in internal environment is externally stimulated by substances not in harmony with what the body is doing, it will induce a corrective response by the body to reach equilibrium. An antihistamine can stimulate a greater histamine response once it wears off or is metabolized, for example (more swelling, stuffier nose than before the medicine); the “rebound” effect or “addictive nature” of medicines; especially nasal sprays. If the person’s immune system is sufficiently depressed (with disease or by drugs that suppress it e.g. steroids, antihistamines, and anti-inflammatory drugs) they will not have a strong counter-action of the body because they are limited in their ability to mount any such response. It also means that all functions of the body that require repair or balancing will also be limited and suppressed because that is also its function. Sometimes it becomes necessary however to use external means of manipulation to preserve life, in which case allopathy is much appreciated.
You also know the effectiveness of healing of a medicine by the fact that you DO NOT have to take it forever! If you have to continually take a drug or herb always, this is only palliating the symptoms and is not truly curative. If a homeopathic remedy is used over a few years and completely rids you of the problem. This is curative. If the medicine can only help you with symptoms and you have to always take it, it is palliative. Even with natural medicines, I evaluate them by this point; if it means I’ll have to take it forever and I don’t feel generally stronger and healthier, it’s not working toward a cure and only alleviates or palliates the symptoms and I do not take it. Eventually you should not need it. The only exception to this rule is the need for additional vitamins and minerals, because of the massive depletion of soils and reduction of nutrients in our food, and conditions where organ failure or replacement therapy is necessary (e.g. thyroid hormone etc.)
Homeopathy focuses on the singular medicine to generate the body’s own healing power to remedy all that ails it. The entire healing principle is stimulated and therefore the entire man can begin to be brought back into balance. If more medicines are used at one time the healing principle of the body is sent in varied directions and its strength is then divided (creates dissonance). It is also the better way to identify what is healing the person experimentally (only one variable changed). When one symptom picture is healed and another presents itself, another different remedy may be needed, the symptoms must be within the remedy’s mode of action for the same remedy to be needed. If the current disease does not get better, and new symptoms appear, these new symptoms are clues to a clearer indicator of the medicine needed.
Homeopathy is inexpensive and readily available in heath food stores around the country and on-line. An initial consultation can range from $90 to $300 for two hours with a homeopath, compare $120 for 10 minutes x 12 (2 hours) = $1440 for 2 hours; and check ups or acute care visits can be 30 minutes for around $40 to $80. The remedies are about $7 for 80 pellets or 40 doses. You can also get kits of 30 to 50 most common remedies for around $120 vs. ($7 x 50 = $350). The vial says to take 5 pellets; but only two are necessary and only one if you create and use a liquid remedy; which I will be discussing how to make in a later post (“the homeopathic remedies”), and was the preferred method of use by Hahnemann late in his development of homeopathy.
It also focuses on the minimum or smallest dose, for the fewest repetitions (sometimes only one dose in acute cases), and the shortest duration of time. The homeopath does his/her job if you see them less over time as your body increases the strength of its healing principle you should be able to handle things without help (or distress). You should become more familiar with their use and become more independent in minor complaints and illnesses.
There is often a connection between the substance of the remedy, its environment and the symptoms it will treat [Doctrine of Signatures]. In understanding the source and qualities of the remedy, you can understand why it treats what it does. This relationship creates in the mind connections and reasonableness to help you remember what it works for. Homeopathy is not founded on this discipline, but it is often found to be helpful in remembering the remedies. For example Arnica Montana grows in peat, so it thrives in decay and damage; so its action is strong in injury that causes bleeding/bruising/cell damage and septic (blood poisoning) conditions. It grows in the mountains; an animal would fall into it being injured by the fall and chew on its leaves for relief. A person who needs arnica will push themselves beyond what they should to “survive” [is ingrained into many soldiers in order to survive battle]. They may not want to be touched for fear of pain by touching them, and an arnica mental state will in great debility say “there is nothing wrong with me; go away” (this is shock). Prisma by Frans Vermeulen is a beautifully descriptive volume of great depth from multiple disciplines on remedies; where they come from; what they have been used for in the past, scientific data on them, herbal use and lore etc. to enlighten a person in their use.
The next installment will discuss what health is.
- Help! And Homeopathy, Eileen Nauman DHM, EMT, Blue Turtle Pub, Cottonwood AZ, (1998). (excellent advice for medical stabilization; awaiting ambulance and homeopathic remedy helps; be aware of her spiritual context in some cases at the end are not traditional philosophy in homeopathy)
- Homeopathy for farm and garden, Toward A Homoeopathic Agriculture; Vaikunthanath das Kaviraj; Mark Moodie Publications, Gloucester UK, (2006). (only text for agriculture and plants so far).
- Discovering Homeopathy, Dana Ullman PhD, North Atlantic Books, Berkely California (1988).
- The Healing Crisis Bruce Fife ND, Piccadilly books Ltd; Colorado Springs, CO; (2010). (not homoepathy; but excellent understanding of how the body naturally heals)
- The logic of figures or comparative results of Homeopathic and other treatments, Bradford, Dr.Thomas Lindsley (1847-1918)/ Ullman discovering homeopathy pp 126 – 127.
- The Life and Trials of Gaston Naessens, The Galileo of the microscope; Bird, Christopher; Les Presses de l’Universite de la Personne Inc; Quebec Canada; (1990).
- Introduction to Homoeopathic Prescribing, S.M. Gunavante B.Jain Pub, New Delhi India, (2002)
- Homeopathy Medicine of the New Man, George Vithoulkas Simon & Schuster Pub, New York, (1979).
- Homeopathic Science and Modern Medicine, the physics of healing with microdoses, Dr. Harris L. Coulter, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley California, (1980).
- Homeopathy, Medicine for the New Millennium, George Vithoulkas (1932 – ), International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, UK (1985). (complete introduction)
- Organon of the Medical Art 6th ed, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755 – 1843), ed O’Reilly Birdcage Books, Palo Alto California (1996).
- The Rife Handbook of Frequency Therapy with a Holistic Health Primer, Nenah Sylver, PhD; Desert Gate Productions LLC, Phoenix AZ, (2009).
- The Blood and its Third Anatomical Element, Antoine Beauchamp (1816 – 1908); Metropolis Inc. USA/Australia. (original 1912, reprint 2002).
- Homeopathic Dictionary and Holistic Health Reference 4th ed. Jay Yasgur R. Ph, M. Sc.; Van Hoy Pub. (2004). [many items in the repertory and old medical terms not used often now so it’s good for translation!] or just understanding.
- The Principles and Art of Cure by Homeopathy, Herbert A. Roberts MD, B.Jain Publishers, New Delhi, India, (2004).
- Homeopathy in Organic Livestock Production; Glen Dupree D.V.M, Acres USA,(2010). (good, but gets into the beliefs of too many people and sustainability e.g. globalist/environmentalist beliefs); he’s spoken in lectures some excellent ways of how to examine the “non-talking” patient which is helpful in animals, the severely ill or infants and children.
- Lectures on Homeopathic Philosophy, James Tyler Kent MD (1849 – 1916), North Atlantic Books, Berkeley California, (1900).
- The Science of Homeopathy, George Vithoulkas, Grove Press Books, New York, New York (1980).
- A New Model for Health and Disease, George Vithoulkas, Heath and Habitat, Mill Valley, CA (1991).