Homeopathy (homeopathic medicine) is a system of medicine founded in the early 19th century by a German physician, Dr. Samuel Christian Hahnemann (1775-1843).
Homeopathy is a medical approach that respects the wisdom of the body as it stimulates the body’s own immune and defense system to initiate the healing process.
Homeopathy individualizes medicine according to the totality of the person’s physical, emotional, and mental symptoms.
Homeopathy treats the person as a “whole” rather than treating only symptoms.
It is safe, effective, and has been used over the years by respected individuals all over the world including Great Britain’s Royal Family, Mahatma Gandhi, John D.Rockefeller, etc.
What conditions should homeopathic medicine be used for?
Homeopathy is used for a wide variety of conditions. Some common conditions said to benefit from homeopathic remedies are pain related to teething, bumps and bruises due to injury, and minor skin irritations. Self-limiting conditions like sprains, coughs, colds and flu can benefit from homeopathy. Chronic, non-life threatening conditions such as bed-wetting and chronic otitis media are often treated with homeopathic remedies. There are other uses of homeopathy for various illnesses and diseases; however, if the condition is not self-limiting, one should seek medical advice from a physician.
What should one expect on a visit to a homeopathic doctor or practitioner?
As stated earlier, a comprehensive interview is needed to determine all the symptoms the client is having, in order to determine the medication that produces those same symptoms. This can take up to an hour or even more. This detailed interview covers the client’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. Expect to be asked about all aspects of life including eating and sleeping habits, fears, even patterns of elimination. Then, a homeopathic medication is prescribed, and the client reports the effects in follow up visits. Dosages are then adjusted and if symptoms change, so will the homeopathic prescription.
Are there any side effects or indications where homeopathic medicine should be avoided?
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has declared that, “A systematic review has found that homeopathic remedies in high dilution, taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are generally considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.” There are no known interactions between conventional drugs and homeopathic medications.
Are there other therapies that might work well in conjunction with homeopathic medicine?
Homeopathic doctors generally do not take clients off their prescribed medications, certainly not without consulting their prescribing physician, and homeopathic remedies are believed to be generally safe when used with other medications. However, one should always let each treating practitioner know what medications they are taking, including natural treatments like vitamins and nutritional supplements.