Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) formulated the fundamental principles of Homeopathy. Hanhemann began by experimenting on himself and his friends. He found that the more diluted the substance was, the more effective it was and the fewer unpleasant effects there were.
Apalled by the barbaric medical practices of his day, he sought a more humane alternative. In his experiments, he took massive doses of Cinchona, a drug used for the treatment of malaria. To his surprise, he found that he developed symptoms similar to malaria. From this observation he developed the basic principle of homeopathy. Today homeopathy is well accepted as a safe and effective alternative form of medical treatment.
Conventional medicine believes that symptoms are caused by the illness, whereas homeopathy sees the symptoms as the body's natural reaction in fighting the illness, and seeks to stimulate them rather than suppress them. For example, Ipecacuanha [from the root of the plant] if taken by a healthy person will cause vomiting, but if taken in tiny homeopathic doses will cure vomiting.
Homeopathic medicines contain very, very small quantities of the substances called POTENCIES, prepared in a special way. These high dilutions not only enhance their curative properties, but avoid undesirable side effects. Homeopathic medicines are completely safe with no unwanted side effects and they are non-addictive. They are safe for babies, children and the elderly people, and for our pets. There are more than 2,000 homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathy arrived in the U.S. in the 1820s and was widespread between 1860-1880. Between the rising pharmaceutical companies, the AVMA and the discovery of penicillin and other economical and political factors, homeopathy began to decline in the early 20th century. Homeopathy has remained strong in much of the rest of the world, however, and its popularity is rising once again in the U.S..
HOW DOES A HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY WORK
A homeopath "takes the case" or asks questions to paint a picture in his/her mind. Years of studying the effects of the remedies then lead her to match the symptom picture with the remedy picture. The correct prescribed remedy then increases the natural reaction of the individual against its illness. Because of the use of the infinitesimal dose, all toxicity has been eliminated from the remedy and the body responds to once again establish balance and health.
Acute conditions are those which come on suddenly and have very strong symptoms. Colds, flus and first-aid are examples. These can often be treated at home with little homeopathic experience. Many books are written to help you decide which remedy to use. Most of the homeopathic phamaceutical companies have a first aid kits designed to cover the more common acute problems. Chronic disease is more deepy seated such as an individual suffering from continual or recurrent illness. Degenerative or autoimmune conditions might fall here. These conditions have developed over a long period of time and usually require a skilled homeopath to sort out the complex health picture.
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