Homeopathic treatment is a safe, natural way to treat “disease.”
To Homeopathic practitioners, the word “disease” is used to define any ailment or disorder.
According to the American Institute of Homeopathy (AIH), Homeopathy, or Homeopathic Medicine, is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. Homeopathy is holistic because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness. Homeopathy is natural because its remedies are produced according to the U.S. FDA-recognized Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States from natural sources, whether vegetable, mineral, or animal in nature.
The word Homeopathy, which comes from the Greek, through Latin into English, literally means “like disease”. This means that the medicine given is like the disease that the person is expressing, in his totality, not like a specific disease category or medical diagnosis.
Two Categories of Homeopathic Treatment
There are two categories of homeopathic treatment:
• Acute and
An acute condition is generally one that comes on quickly and usually lasts for a short time.
Chronic conditions are more long-lasting occurrences that keep coming back.
Often the chronic conditions will continue to worsen with each occurrence, especially if treated with medications. Whether an acute or chronic visit, the homeopath will look at the emotional state of the patient as well as the physical. Our body is a reflection of all it experiences which is why holistic medicine is most effective.
Treating chronic conditions requires a Constitutional office visit. After making an appointment, a patient receives a questionnaire to fill out before the visit. The questions not only address the reason for coming to the office, but also, the questions will help to reveal the individuality of the person to the homeopath. The answers in the packet, along with the information gathered during the appointment, help in the selection of a remedy.
The appointment, which is in the form of a conversation, is about two hours long. That is the time it may take for a person’s story to unfold. The homeopath listens and records. Along the way, additional questions are posed to clarify and add detail to descriptions of symptoms and feelings. The homeopath listens and makes no judgments. The goal is to glean a complete patient picture in order to select the best possible remedy for total relief and removal of any symptoms.
What are Remedies Made From?
The remedies are made from plants, animals, and minerals. The actual pieces or parts of the herb, mineral or flower are no longer in the remedy. What remains is the vibration of the original product. That tiny amount of the remedy is applied to the surface of a sugar pellet. The patient puts a few of the drops or pellets in the mouth and that is considered a dose.
A remedy will not interfere with conventional drugs, but some medications can diminish the effect of a remedy. A patient is not asked to discontinue any conventional prescriptions when starting homeopathic treatment, but often, over time, the patient will no longer need the medication and it can be stopped on the advice of the doctor. Remedies are prepared according to the FDA recognized Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States.