Homeopathy – also known as homeopathic medicine – is a holistic form of health care that developed in Germany in the late 1700’s by Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathic practitioners are commonly called homeopaths.
I was first introduced to homeopathy in the UK, when I signed up for a homeopathic first aid course. I has such immediate results that I wanted to learn more and have been an ongoing student ever since.
A key premise in homeopathy is that every person has energy called a vital force or self-healing response. Homeopathy aims to stimulate the body’s own healing responses. It uses an approach called “like cures like.”
I share the point of view that homeopathy does work, but that modern scientific methods have not yet explained why. If homeopathy appears to be helpful and safe, then scientifically valid explanations or proofs of this alternative system of medicine are not necessary.
The holistic homeopathic medicine concept that treatment should be selected based upon a total picture of an individual and his symptoms, not solely upon symptoms of a disease. Homeopaths evaluate not only a person’s physical symptoms but her emotions, mental states, lifestyle, nutrition, and other aspects. In homeopathy, different people with the same symptoms may receive different homeopathic remedies.
Most homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals. A remedy is prepared by diluting the substance in a series of steps. Many homeopathic remedies are so highly diluted that not one molecule of the original natural substance remains. Remedies are sold in liquid, pellet, and tablet forms.
Here are some of the most frequently holistic homeopathic medicines: – Aconite: First acute stage of onset of any complaint-fever, earache, headache, diarrhea. Best emergency heart remedy.
– Arnica: Used for pain of simple trauma from falls, blows, bruises, bruised muscles, brain concussions with unconsciousness, shock. General rule: Give Arnica first for shock with any injury.
– Arsenicum: Nonspecific diarrhea, including traveler’s diarrhea, ptomaine poisoning, septic infections.
– Belladona: Best for toothache. Colds of sudden onset with the following symptoms: mild sore throat, head congestion, fever, intense sweating (especially on the face), oversensitivity to noise and light. Person is hot and red-faced.
– Bryonia: Cold or flu, unless cold was caused by getting wet.
– Calendula: Injuries with skin broken, lacerated, flesh mangled, with bleeding cuts, bruises, open wounds, tear from child birth.
– Hypericum: Injury to parts with nerves: after surgery, gun shot wound, crushed fingers (for example, in a door), injury to tailbone in a fall or from childbirth.
– Ignatia: Best remedy for hysteric reaction (even in children, dissolved as described in directions and given by spoonful). For cough and chest congestion.
– Ledum Pal: For stabs, punctures (even rusty nails), bites of animals and stings of insects, sprains, black eye from blow of fist, severe bruising.
– Nux Vomica: Nausea, indigestion, headache from food, motion sickness.
– Tabacum: For relief of nausea associated with motion sickness and sea sickness.
Remedies for colds: Bryonia, Belladona, Aconite, Rhus Tox.
Remedies for sleeplessness: Chamomille (best general remedy), Coffea (feeling wide awake), Nux Vomica (from overeating/rich food), Arnica (too tired from over exercising)
Source by Lizette Le Clus-Fox