Homeopathy is a 200+ year old medical science that works by stimulating the body’s natural tendency to heal itself. Founded by the German Physician Samual Hahnemann (1755-1843) Homeopathy is based on the principle of similars, also known as ‘like cures like’. This principle states that if a substance can promote symptoms in a healthy person, it can also heal the same in the sick, when administered in infinitesimal doses.
Here is a simple example of treating by similars: Drinking coffee stimulates our nervous system, causing insomnia in some. The homeopathic remedy Coffea Cruda (made from coffee) is capable of calming the nervous system and enhancing natural sleep.
Homeopathic remedies are made from elements found in nature; plant extracts, minerals and animal products. These natural elements are then prepared in a special way that renders them safe and effective.
There is a very distinct process for making homeopathic remedies. When making a homeopathic remedy the natural substance is dissolved in a mixture of alcohol and distilled water. This mixture is set aside for a period of time and yields a remedy referred to as the “mother tincture.”
The mother tincture is diluted from a few to thousands or more times to produce homeopathic remedies in different potencies. Between each of the stages of dilution, the tincture is succussed (shaken vigorously). The process of shaking makes the remedy dynamic. Paradoxically, the more a homeopathic remedy is diluted the more potent it becomes!
Homeopathy is energy medicine. It is based on the model of the human body that includes an energy field or “vital force”. As we know from modern physics, our seemingly solid bodies are dense fields of energy. A disturbance in this field can give rise to disease, and a potent form of energy (such as a homeopathic remedy) can help the body restore its health.
Homeopaths look beyond the label of the disease, to the totality of the symptoms experienced by the patient. The same disease takes a different expression in each individual, manifesting a set of unique physical and emotional symptoms. As an example, ten people diagnosed with diabetes are likely to receive ten different homeopathic remedies. The task of the homeopath is to find a substance that corresponds to the uniqueness of each individual. Thus the homeopath aims to treat the patient, not the disease.
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Tamara Der-Ohanian, DSHM, is a Homeopathic Physician practicing in Toronto. She can be reached at (416) 385-1001, or visit her web site at www.tamarader-ohanian.com