What is Homeopathy?

What is Homeopathy?

By Diane Solomon DHM DipI.O.N http://www.solomonhealing.com

Homeopathic philosophy is very different to that of orthodox medicine as we know it. The medical world maintains an accent on finding a “single bullet’ to attack any invader in the body. A good example is an antibiotic, which acts like a specific “hammer,” targeting and killing specific bacteria. The body’s own immune system does not take part in the fight, but is overridden by the antibiotic itself. In fact, the immune system is suppressed during the duration of the course of antibiotic treatment.

Current medical opinion takes the views that symptoms are a direct manifestation of the illness and therefore doctors treat the ailment by suppressing the symptoms. Homeopathy, by contrast, sees the symptoms as the body’s reaction against the illness as it attempts to overcome it, and seeks to stimulate, not suppress this reaction. It acts with the body, to raise its own defenses to battle the problem. Therefore, the immune system takes part in the fight, and the body is stronger for it.

Homeopathic remedies appear to trigger a healing process in the body by stimulating the body’s natural forces of recovery. It is a natural medicinal science that uses very small doses of plant, animal, or mineral substances to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability. Homeopathy views most symptoms as efforts by the body to re-establish homeostasis and therefore seeks to support the body’s inherent efforts to heal itself

Homeopathy uses specially prepared, infinitesimal doses of substances that, in larger quantities, would cause the very symptoms they are trying to address. This basic principle has been known since the time of the ancient Greeks. Derived from the Greek word “Homoios’ meaning “like,” homeopathy is the practice of treating “like with like.” Here’s an example. When cutting onions for cooking, your eyes itch and run, your nose runs, and you sneeze. Onions made into a homeopathic remedy, known as Allium Cepa, can be very effective in reducing the symptoms of runny nose, itching eyes, and sneezing that accompany a cold or allergies. Another example is Poison Ivy (Rhus Tox). In homeopathic doses, Rhus Tox is a valuable remedy for certain skin rashes since in its undiluted state it causes them. Therefore “like cures like.” This principle is known as the “law of similars”, and has been used throughout history. Hippocrates himself wrote, “Through the like, disease is produced, and through the application of like it is cured.”

A German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, developed homeopathy in the early 1800’s. A respected physician and chemist, he was nevertheless appalled by the medical practices of his day, such as bleeding, and the use of toxic substances such as arsenic and mercury. He sought a method of healing which would be safe, effective, and gentle. At that time the main treatment for malaria was quinine from cinchona bark. He decided to take quinine himself as an experiment. Imagine his astonishment when he discovered that taking small regular doses of cinchona bark produced symptoms very similar to those of malaria! But when given to a patient suffering from malaria, the symptoms were alleviated, and the patient would recover.

He also tested belladonna, mercury, arsenic and silver nitrate, common poisons and substances used in medical practice at the time, to see what their effects would be on healthy people. Once again he found that small, dilute doses of these substances would induce symptoms similar to the illnesses for which they were being used. Many similar experiments over many years led Hahnemann to the conclusion that remedies obtained from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources were just as effective in extreme dilutions. He worked to establish the smallest effective dose, realizing that his was the best way to avoid side effects. In doing this he unexpectedly discovered that the more a remedy is diluted, the more effective it becomes.

Homeopathic medicines are manufactured through a scientific pharmacological procedure called “potentization”. This is a process of diluting and shaking and further diluting and shaking. The most commonly used dilution in the United States is the decimal or “x” potency. A 1x potency is a concentration of 1/10th, 2x is 1/100th, 3x is 1/1000th etc. To create a common potency, a 6x, one would start by making a 1x. This is done by mixing ten drops of the original plant or mineral substance with 90 drops of water and alcohol, then shaking hard, or hitting against a surface such as a book, thirty to fifty times. This is known as dilution and succussion. For a 2x, you simply take ten drops of the 1x, and, just as you did before, mix with 90 drops of alcohol and water, and succuss. Continue with the 3x, 4x, 5x, until you create a 6x.

No one can yet satisfactorily explain how homeopathic doses work. One theory is that succussion creates an electrochemical pattern somewhat akin to a holographic memory which is stored in the dilutant and then spreads through the body’s water. Another theory suggests that the dilution-succussion process creates an electro-magnetic field. Recent work by physicists using nuclear resonance imaging has ascertained that there is a different structure and shape to the molecules of a homeopathic remedy and those of simple water and alcohol. This has gone some way to stopping the claim that “there’s nothing in them” which has plagued homeopathy to date. Also, there have been more and more careful studies recently which help to confirm the effectiveness of homeopathy. In any case, with modern physics constantly discovering smaller and smaller particles and their effects, and with the discovery that insects can detect and act on pheromones in the air to one part per million, the idea of an infinitesimal dose having an effect on the body no longer seems impossible.

Because they are so greatly diluted, homeopathic remedies are not harmful. They are safe, non-toxic and non-addictive. Homeopathic remedies, like all medicines, are regulated by the FDA. Because they are so extremely dilute and are free from side effects, they are completely safe for the patient. Homeopathic remedies will not interfere or react with other medications the patient may be taking.

Homeopathic remedies come in various forms, usually drops (water and alcohol), tablets, and pellets. They are best absorbed under the tongue, well away from food and drink. While taking remedies it is best to avoid caffeine, mint, menthol, camphor, and cortisone, as these substances will often antidote the remedies or lessen their effect in the body. The remedies must be stored away from magnets, cell phones, microwave ovens, heat over 150 degrees Fahrenheit, and strong smelling substances such as camphor and eucalyptus.

Having taken the homeopathic dose recommended by the practitioner, it is sometimes possible that the patient will experience a slight aggravation of his symptoms before improvement begins. This is a confirmation that the correct remedy has been chosen, and is therefore not a negative reaction. However, it is also common for a level of relief to take place without this aggravation, and is the ideal goal of the homeopathic practitioner. Less is always better than more, when it comes to homeopathy, and when a reaction has taken place, it is usual to stop the remedy. For simple, acute conditions, it is fine to try homeopathic remedies on your own, but is best to work with a practitioner if you are dealing with more complex health issues, and chronic complaints.

The deepest work in homeopathy is achieved through what is known as “miasmatic” treatment. A “miasm” is a predisposition to an inherited disease pattern, which can produce a tendency towards a variety of conditions. Hahnemann found several miasms that can be transmitted from one generation to another. One leads to disorders such as diabetes, insomnia, depression, alcoholism, osteoporosis, heart disease. Another leads to tendencies towards fibroids, cysts, tumors, asthma, allergies, and even manic depression.. A third leads to eczema, psoriasis, one-sided migraines, anxiety. Miasms exist on very high vibrational levels, therefore miasmic treatment generally consists of higher and higher potencies, which go deeper and deeper into the systems to erase more and more of the miasmatic shadow, potentially even the person’s DNA.

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Diane Solomon DHM, Dip.I.O.N., is a nutritionist and homeopath trained in London at the prestigious Institute of Optimum Nutrition and The British Institute of Homeopathy. She has practiced since 1985. She moved back to the States in 1992, and lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she helps clients gain maximum health, writes books and articles, and consults for the natural remedy industry.

RECOMMENDED READING: INTRODUCTORY :
1) “THE FAMILY GUIDE TO HOMEOPATHY”, Alain Horvilleur, M.D., Health and Homeopathy Publishing, Inc.; Virginia, U.S.A.; 1986
2) “EVERYBODY’S GUIDE TO HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES”, Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Los Angeles, Ca. U.S.A.; 1984
3) “HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE, A DOCTOR’S GUIDE TO REMEDIES FOR COMMON AILMENTS,” Trevor Smith, M.D.

THEORY:
1) “THE SCIENCE OF HOMEOPATHY”, George Vithoulkas, Grove Press, Inc, New York; 1980

PROFESSIONAL:
1) “LECTURES ON MATERIA MEDICA”, James Tyler Kent, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi, India; 1993 Reprint Edition
2) “HOMEOPATHIC DRUG PICTURES”, M.L.Tyler, B. Jain Publishers, New Delhi, India; 1980

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About solomonhealing

Diane grew up in Oregon, and says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. Her father gave her a guitar for Christmas when she was 13, and she taught herself folk and country styles, and started to write songs. At 19, believing her first talent was acting, she headed off to England, determined to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But life can take some funny turns. Before she could arrange an interview, she was literally “discovered,” playing her guitar and singing to a small, private, New Year’s Eve party at a London hotel. IMG_0005 2A BBC television producer was there, a screen test followed, and the result was a network primetime series of variety specials! “The Diane Solomon Show” of the late 70s, was a great success, and she quickly became a regular on British TV, with other specials of her own, and numerous guest appearances, including several Royal Gala Specials. She recorded 5 albums, appeared on countless radio shows, TV hosting, and musical theater productions. She headed four major UK Theater concert tours of her own, toured with Glen Campbell on three European tours, and opened for a major Kenny Rogers’ tour in 1991. IMGBut then life took another turn, this time not so fortunate. She was diagnosed with the infamous M.E., or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and for the next three years was too ill to walk across the room unaided. For a total of seven years she struggled with half a life. In the darkest hours songwriting was her saving grace, and the title cut of her new CD, “Good Things Don’t Come Easy” was born of this troubled time. With the help a brilliant German homeopathic system of healing, plus nutrition and herbs, she regained her health. Diane was so impressed with these alternate therapies that she has since gained degrees in both nutrition and homeopathy, achieving a doctorate degree from the British Institute of Homeopathy. She practiced nutrition and homeopathy for fifteen years, using a combination of nutrients, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and diet and lifestyle recommendations. She describes dealing with people’s health issues as a kind of “onion layer” experience. Herbs, nutrients, and lifestyle changes are powerful, yet are in some way addressing the outer layers. They help enormously, but she has found that the major changes in people’s health comes from a deep homeopathic remedy, known as the constitutional remedy. Homeopathy is not an exact science, and thought, attention, focus, intuition, and yes, luck are involved in finding this remedy. When the right deep remedy is chosen, improvements in a client’s well being, both physically and psychologically, can be dramatic, even life-changing! Now focusing on writing, Diane lives in beautiful Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, with her husband, Mark Carey. She writes soft country, folk, and classical ballads, playing both guitar and piano. She has written several non-fiction books fields of nutrition and homeopathy, plus has ghost-written and/or edited seven books for clients, in various fields. She has just finished a middle grade mystery/fantasy novel with her husband Mark, entitled The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain, due for publication Sept 30 2016. Kindle cover final oct 10 2015She has also recently published a book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, entitled, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. It was published in November, 2015, and was quickly the top selling book on Amazon in the homeopathic category. Sometimes called a “Renaissance Woman,” she writes, edits, researches, designs and builds gardens, always seeking more knowledge, more understanding, and more creative flow.
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3 Responses to What is Homeopathy?

  1. Pingback: What is Homeopathy? « Solomonhealing's Blog « ShriPal Shah’s Blog

  2. Another theory suggests that the dilution-succussion process creates an electro -magnetic field. Recent work by physicists using nuclear resonance imaging has ascertained that there is a different structure and shape to the molecules of …

    Hi and thanks for commenting- the rest of your comment was cut off, but what there is I appreciate! I am looking forward to the time when science has caught up with homeopathy’s wonderful efficacy, so that perhaps the naysayers may be silenced! Thanks again.

  3. Homeopathy is non-toxic system of medical science originated in Germany by Dr. Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) (the founder and father of homeopathy). He was M.D. in conventional medicine. He realised his own school of medicine (conventional) was not helping the patients and spent years researching on homeopathy. The term “homoeopathy” was coined in 1807.

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