Learn about Homeopathy

 

The highest ideal of cure is the speedy, gentle and enduring restoration of health by the most trustworthy and least harmful way.
— Samuel Hahnemann

Your Homeopath: A Highly Trained Professional

Your homeopath is a highly trained dedicated professional. Homeopaths in British Columbia have stringent education requirements, a code of ethics along with ongoing continuing education requirements.  Homeopathy is a regulated health profession in Ontario, which means it is integrating into the provincial medical system like other regulated health professions such as chiropractic, physiotherapy, naturopathic medicine, and conventional medicine. What is the significance of being a regulated profession?  If you would like more information about Homeopathy in the medical system in Ontario please visit the College of Homeopaths of Ontario website.

What can I expect from Homeopathy? 

Many acute conditions can be resolved quite quickly depending on the state of the vital force. It is almost impossible to say how long it can take a chronic condition to recover. Just as each person is different, your healing time will be unique to you. If you have no structural damage and you are not on medication, improvement can be straightforward.  In general, current structural damage cannot be reversed, and the propelling destructive energy in the body can be addressed. Lifestyle factors are important and are addressed.  

Foundational Principles

Samuel Hahnemann was a German Physician and founder of Homeopathy.  He was unhappy with the large number of toxic drugs given to patients and the way medicine was being practiced at the time.  The medicine of the day was based upon bloodletting, purging, cathartic and diaphoretic treatments meant to 'balance the humours' and eliminate 'toxins' from the body.  Hahnemann was aware of the infectious and  contagious nature of many diseases and was early in recommending hygiene as a means of prevention.  Heavy metals such as mercury were routinely used topically and internally as treatment. He felt people got better despite these treatments and looked for a more gentle, humane, non-toxic and permanent way to treat patients.

Hahnemann was a master of many languages and a chemist.  While translating a pharmacology text in 1790 by Scottish Physician William Cullen, he was struck by a conclusion that Cullen had made about the curative effect of Peruvian Bark (Cinchona) on intermittent fevers. Cullen attributed the effects of the bark to its bitter and astringent qualities.  Hahnemann knew of many things that were bitter and astringent and did not have this effect on intermittent fevers.  This piqued his curiosity and he decided to do an experiment on himself by taking the substance and noting the effects.  By doing this he brought out in himself the characteristic symptoms of intermittent fever, the condition for which Cinchona was often seen to cure.

This lead him to formulate that a disease will be cured by a substance that can create a similar state in a person. This was the birth of the Law of Similars and Hahnemann went on to cure many patients with malaria with Cinchona bark.  

Hahnemann went on to do more provings of other medicines compiling over time detailed picture information of many remedies. Each remedy picture is comprehensive and includes detailed information on the mind, the emotions and the physical body including dreams, food preferences, and sleep. Homeopathy treats the whole and our medicines not only work on the physical level but also on the mental and emotional levels.

It’s Elegant

When I was 19,  I smoked cigarettes for about one month.  I could not continue is because I began to feel unwell: nausea, dizziness, and faint, and fortunately for me the habit didn't stick.  The homeopathic remedy tabacum is effective for the nausea of car or travel sickness, nausea of pregnancy or any situation where the person feels nausea, dizziness, weakness and faint. It’s straightforward: the homeopath prescribes a remedy which mirrors the symptoms of the patient.

Sometimes in the winter I watch skating. I am always in awe when a skater lands a difficult jump in apparent ease. They make it look easy so that sometimes I think hey, that looks so easy maybe I could do it (ha!). Someone who is highly skilled can make what they do look easy; it’s a sign of mastery. We know that hundreds of hours of training and practice and mistakes have gone into what we see for that moment looks like ease, simplicity, and elegance. The practice of homeopathy is no different. What you might experience, or see, or hear of may look simple or ‘magical’, however like any mastery, behind it are hundreds of hours of study and practice and mistakes just like in any other field. Homeopathy isn’t magic, it’s hard core science.

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Politics, Fake News… and Homeopathy

The history of medicine is a colourful study, and includes homeopathy which has been a part of conventional medicine history, and has fallen under some politics over the years. At one time, if you wanted to become a medical doctor, you could choose to study at a conventional medical college or a homeopathic medical college. A Wikipedia search under ‘List of defunct medical schools in the United States’ will take you to a surprisingly large number of homeopathic medical colleges listed alongside conventional medical colleges. (Homeopathic colleges will be found under the name ‘Homeopathic’. ‘Hahnemann’, or ‘Hering’). The first female MD in Canada, Emily Stowe, graduated from Homeopathic New York medical college for women and began a practice in Toronto. She was an activist for women’s rights and suffrage and helped found the women’s suffrage movement and campaigned for Canadas first medical college. The Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia still exists and maintained Hahnemann’s name until 1993.

There are many things in science which cannot be explained fully. Homeopathy works for millions of people and many people and communities swear by it's effectiveness.  It is the quantum physicists who might understand Homeopathy the best, such small amounts of substance and the energy of it.  Hahnemann as scientist and physician stumbled onto an energetic phenomena and applied it in medicine. The question may not be how it works, but why does it work.  It could be the next Albert Einstein or brilliant mind will come up with a new theory of the universe and this will include homeopathy.  Albert Einstein's theory of relativity was only theory until many years later that it was proven during his experiment with the eclipse of the sun. In the meantime, those of us who are inspired and awed by watching this medicine work, continue to study with the best, and witness it working every day.  I believe that in our future, homeopathy will be included as a specialty as part of a wholistic healthcare system. How can it not be?

Homeopathy is Safe and Effective

The practice of homeopathy requires skill and can be challenging  for the practitioner. Homeopathy is a deep healing tool that reaches into crevices that no other healing tool can reach. There is nothing that compares which can act so beautifully and have such deep healing effects bringing wholeness. Homeopathy is safe and effective for children, babies and used by homeopaths and vets in care for animals.

Hahnemanns original remedy kit


STORY AT-A-GLANCE

Homeopathy is one of the most misunderstood areas of medical practice
Homeopathy was revered in the late18th century but has since been demonized, especially in the United States
Unlike traditional medicine (allopathy) that combats disease with opposing treatments, homeopathy uses similar remedies under the principle that “like cures like”
Homeopathy is in wide use in European and Asian countries and even practiced by Britain’s royal family
Despite claims that there’s no scientific evidence for homeopathy’s effectiveness, there are 300 double-blind and placebo-controlled trials published in peer- reviewed medical journals showing its benefits
The widely cited 2015 Australian National Health and Medical Research Council information paper that found no evidence of homeopathy’s effectiveness was marred by conflicts of interest and questionable methodology, according to a new documentary
— Dr. Mercola, mercola.com

Dr. Doan is a member of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario, the British Columbia Society of Homeopaths and the Canadian Society of Homeopaths.