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Homeopathy has been practiced in the United States for over 170 years. Homeopathy is the preferred medicine by members of the Royal Family in England and homeopathy is widely prescribed by physicians in Europe and Asia.
Homeopathy has had an opportunity to prove its effectiveness in times of epidemics and contagious diseases. For example, during the cholera epidemics in Europe during the 1830's, homeopathic doctors had a recovery of 80% of their patients. This compared to conventional doctors' 50% recovery rate.
For people who use Homeopathy, it is only natural to ask what does Homeopathy offer in our modern and uncertain times? Dr. Skye Weintraub, author of Natural Healing with Cell Salts states that the first line of defense is to have a healthy, vibrant immune system. Dr. Weintraub tells us that one way to enhance our immune system and be healthier is through the use of homeopathic remedies. For information on using homeopathy with our current threats of epidemics -see Homeopathy Healing by Eileen Nauman.
In 1850, a homeopathic college was founded in Ohio due to homeopathic success rates during the cholera epidemics in the United States. Educated doctors abandoned bloodletting and administering large doses of poisons to purge the body. Doctors now began to use homeopathic remedies as a safe and more effective treatment against yellow fever, typhoid, and scarlet fever.
By 1900, 100 homeopathic hospitals existed. Popularity of homeopathy in all classes of society encouraged the development of 22 homeopathic medical schools, and the opening of over 1000 homeopathic pharmacies. Over 20% of doctors during this period considered themselves homeopaths. Lectures on Materia Medica contains James Kent lectures on homeopathic philosophy from this active period in homeopathy. Dr. Kent spoke on how to effectively use homeopathic remedies.
The American Medical Association (AMA) was beginning its strong hold in medicine. Conventional medicine never ceased its attack on homeopathy. Dr. McCormack in the early 1900's said, "We must admit that we have never fought the homeopath on community and got the business."
The Carnegie Foundation in 1910 issued a report sanctioning allopathic (conventional) medical schools. At the same time condemning homeopathic schools. This was based on the premise that homeopathic teachers were also practicioners and that courses in pharmacology were taught.
With newer medicines and $350 million being poured into allopathic medicine and hospitals by John D. Rockefeller, homeopathic schools began to close due to lack of support and money.
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) is considered the Father of Homeopathy. A physician, scholar, teacher and scientist in Germany. Hahnemann coined the term "homeopathy" from Greek terms, meaning similar suffering, to denote the basic law of similars.
This discovery of the law of similar came with his experiments with Cinchona bark. The Cinchona experiments soon followed with experiments by himself and others using many other substances. The experiments and symptoms produced by the substances were documented as “provings” These principles and laws explain why homeopathy is so safe and natural, while strengthening the immune system and allowing our bodies to balance and heal.
Homeopathy works equally well for both viruses and for bacterial infections. Homeopathic medicine was first used for a wide-scale epidemic in 1801 when Samuel Hahnemann MD, observed that a child who was being treated with a homeopathic preparation of belladonna resisted scarlet fever even though all three siblings were affected. Wondering whether the belladonna had acted prophylactically, Hahnemann began giving it to children in other families when the first ones fell ill, and he found it to be protective despite a 90% attack rate among the untreated. The method was accepted by the regular doctors and the Prussian government. The father of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, was the first man to conceive that the products of disease could be used in the cure of diseases. His preparation, Psorinum, was the first vaccine to be made.:--T.T.M. Dishington (1928) Dorothy Shepherd in the book, More Magic of the Minimum Dose, writes, "What do homoeopaths want immunizing substances for? We have got much better agents which have been used clinically and proved many years before immunization was even thought of. We call them nosodes."
LAW OF SIMILARS
LAW OF MINIMUM DOSE - POTENTIZATION
LAW OF INDIVIDUALIZATION - Holistic Approach to Health Care
There are many Materia Medicas, some a 1000 page each, used by Homeopaths today. The remedy name is followed by Proving symptoms. The categories are similar in each, starting with mind symptoms, head, face, and down to the various system in the body, the extremities, etc. When wanting to look up a particular symptom and the possible remedies that have shown that symptom under provings,homeopaths look in Repertories.
The descriptive way to write the symptoms is called "Rubrics".
Repertory of the Homoeopathic Materia Medica, a classic basic repertory used by all levels of homeopathy users.1400 pages with rubrics ( symptoms) for the mind and various organs and body systems. Author James Kent's Repertory has information on relationships of remedies, such as which remedies go together, remedies that can follow another remedy in a treatment, which remedies do not go together and can antidote the other remedy.
The use of Homeopathy is widespread in Europe. Top homeopathic manufacturers come from Germany, France, Switzerland. Homeopathy enjoys excellent status in England, where the Royal Family has had Homeopathic Physicians since the 1830's.45% of conventional MD's in England refer patients to Homeopaths. Almost all French pharmacies dispense homeopathic remedies and the use of homeopathy is covered by state social security. Approximately 30% of the people in France use homeopathy. In Asia, homeopathy is widely accepted and used in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Mahatma Gandhi support of homeopathy further strengthened acceptance. India has over 120 homeopathic medical schools. With over 100,000 practitioners in India, it is no wonder so many homeopathic books are authored by Indians.
Some Important Homeopathic Points To Consider:
The success and popularity of homeopathy is due to the fact that homeopathy offers a SAFE alternative to other therapies.
A) Safe in being both a non invasive therapy and non toxic to the body. The safety of homeopathy, by offering no long term side effects, is well known. Homeopathy also boasts of being safe for pregnant women, infants and the elderly as compared with other therapies.
B) Through the process of dilution, remedies no longer contain whole molecules, rendering them non-allergenic and non-poisonous. Rather than cure by suppression, homeopathy stimulates the body towards balance.
Homeopathy uses natural substances, not synthetic or chemical. Potentization Enhances These Healing Properties and Negates the Properties That In Large Doses Can Cause Problems. Using large amounts of certain vitamins and herbs can be taxing on the liver. 100,000 people die annually from Properly prescribed medications. Homeopathy offers a safe alternative to home care in first aid and illness.
C) Homeopathic Medicines are recognized and regulated by the FDA. Homeopathics have OTC status, that is over-the-counter status. They are recognized as medicines that can be safely sold off the counter in stores and internet stores like ours.Most remedies are available without a prescription. Bottles have labels listed basic indications.
D) Expense is also a reason for homeopathy's success. Homeopathic remedies on our site start at $5.99 for Hylands children's products and $6.99 for single remedies 250 tablets.
E) Homeopathic medicines also enjoy popularity due to the fact that they can be used with other therapies and medications. Homeopathy can be used along with supplements and herbs. Homeopathy can be safely taken with heart, blood pressure, insulin, thyroid, and other other medications.
F) Chronic diseases can be treated with homeopathy. Homeopathy is known best as a first aid remedy for quick help for sudden, acute, and seasonal illnesses. Homeopathy also offers deeper healing for those with long term diseases and health problems.
G) Variety of remedies and products is unsurpassed with Homeopathy. Homeopathy offers products for specific and general allergies. Remedies for women's health concerns whether fertility, pregnancy, labor, menstrual, menopausal. Remedies for infants, children, and teens- for physical and emotional disorders. Because homeopathy treats symptoms, it is not limited to the type or number of diseases it can treat. Nor is it limited to whether the problem is physical, mental, emotional or a combination. Homeopathy can match the remedy to our unique set of problems.What makes us Who We Are? Physical appearance, strengths, weaknesses emotional make-up temperament heredity characteristic ways of responding to physical and mental stress.
This direction of treating the person with a remedy that resonates best with Who We Are is called CONSTITUTIONAL HOMEOPATHY. Constitutional Homeopathy enables us to get through the myriad of health complaints, symptoms and repertorizing to find the remedy that best resonates with Who We Are.
The Father of Homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, noticed this phenomenon when he mentioned that :
"Nux Vomica seemed particularly well suited to fiery,violent, and malicious people, whilst Pulsatilla was well suited to timid, anxious, tearful people of a gentle and mild disposition."
Constitutional remedies do not change Who We Are anymore than moving away from our family changes our heritage. Constitutional remedies can though help strengthen our weak areas and act deeper in our system to help us stay balanced in life. An excellent book to help us understand the basics of a remedy, is the book The Spirit of Homeopathic Medicines by Didier Grandgeorge, M.D. Dr. Grandgeorge tells us, "...exploring the 'spirit of homeopathic medicines', or the underlying psychological issues encountered in each remedy..., allows us to explain in just a few words all symptoms brought about by that remedy." The book seeks to extract the profound essence of 300 remedies.