- Not Herbal Therapy
- Not Vitamin Therapy
- Homeopathy is a system of medicine based on the principal that “like cures like.”
- Homeos meaning “similar”
- Pathos meaning “suffering”
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine, based upon the ancient principal of “like cures like.” Homeopathic remedies are made from plant, animal and mineral sources, that when taken in a toxic amount, would cause a certain set of symptoms, physical as well as mental and emotional. Homeopathic remedies are these original substances, which have been diluted and shaken or “potentized” into a minute dose which, when taken, stimulates the body’s own immune system against this same set of symptoms—“like cures like.” This infinitesimal dose makes Homeopathy safe, effective and gentle, helping the body to help itself.
Homeopathy is truly a science of medicine. Our knowledge of what each medicine may be used to cure is based in over 200 years of double blind, controlled studies of each substance, given to a group of healthy individuals. There are over 3000 proven Homeopathic remedies to date. Each remedy is, in and of itself, like an individual. The set of symptoms associated with each remedy creates a constellation, or picture, of a person. The Classical Homeopath seeks to carefully match you with your very own unique remedy, based not only on all your seemingly unrelated physical symptoms, but also with your personality and nature as a unique individual.
In this way, Homeopathy is truly holistic, treating the whole person -- mentally, emotionally as well as physically.
The knowledge of homeopathic remedies is based on scientific experiments called “provings.” In a proving, healthy volunteers are given homeopathically prepared doses of a substance until they began to “prove” the remedy, or experience symptoms -- mental, emotional as well as physical.
This information is carefully recorded and repeated many times. The information from provings make up our Homeopathic Materia Medica, which is a description of symptoms caused by each remedy and therefore the symptoms it can be used to alleviate.
The concept of life force energy or vitality is an important one in Homeopathy. Hahnemann named this energy the “Vital Force” similar to the concept of Chi meaning life force in Eastern Medicine or Prana meaning vital energy in Ayurveda or Yoga. He maintained that this “Vital Force” constantly seeks to maintain balance. Symptoms, no matter how uncomfortable, are always the body attempting to restore itself to health.
Homeopathic remedies today are made according to these homeopathic pharmacological principles, and in accordance with the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The remedies are made from natural Substances -- plant, animal and mineral.They are considered to be very safe, available over-the-counter and completely non-toxic. Each homeopathic remedy bears a National Drug Code number, ensuring the consumer that the product has been made in accordance with The Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States.
Because homeopathic remedies are in such minute doses, physicians and scientists frequently assert that they cannot work.
An increasing number of controlled studies are proving them wrong. There are many scientific studies on homeopathic medicine indicating its effectiveness. There are studies published in respected scientific journals such as The Lancet and The British Medical Journal.
The Lancet published the most significant and comprehensive review of homeopathic research, which appeared in its September 20, 1997 issue.
This article was a meta-analysis of 89 double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials. The authors conclude that the clinical effects of homeopathic medicines are not simply the results of placebo.
The researchers uncovered 186 studies, 119 of which were double-blind and/or randomized placebo-control trials, and 89 of which met pre-defined criteria for inclusion into a pooled meta-analysis.
The researchers found that by pooling the 89 trials together that homeopathic medicines had a 2.45 times greater effect than placebo.
--Dana Ullman, M.P.H.
We know Homeopathy works, and we are on the verge of truly understanding why it works.
Breakthrough discoveries in quantum physics show that water retains memory when substances are diluted and shaken. Instead of molecules separating, some actually combine. (Lo, SY, 1996, 1998)