Learn about Homeopathy
Your Homeopath: A Highly Trained Professional
Your homeopath is a highly trained dedicated professional. Homeopathy is a self regulated profession in British Columbia with 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. If you have no structural damage and you are not on medication, improvement can be straightforward. If you have been on medication for a length of time, this can submerge your vital force and impact your healing time. It will take longer to enliven your vital force where change happens. In general, current structural damage cannot be reversed. However the propelling destructive force or energy in the body can be halted and removed preventing future continued destruction. Lifestyle factors are important. It is a individual process, and depends on the prescribing homeopaths ability to elicit information from the patient, how long the patient has been on conventional medications, and the state of the vital force.
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.
He went on to do provings of other medicines taking detailed notes and collating the information. He quickly made the discovery that the remedies didn't simply have an effect on the physical being but on his whole being, creating a whole host of expressions in the body as well as the mind. This is what we now know of as a remedy picture, which covers the whole: mind, emotions and physical body as well as dreams, food preferences, sleep etc.
Hahnemann treated many conditions and many patients with acute attacks of bronchitis, fever, menstrual problems etc. and found that sometimes the treatment was successful in the short term, but would not hold and the condition would return. He theorized that he was not just seeing acute conditions, but a chronic pattern and that it wasn't enough to see and treat people just in their acute state.
To get the full picture, if the whole person were to be treated, he could not restrict seeing patients to when they were acutely ill and epidemics. He must also see patients at the times they were not ill. He began to look at the whole picture, or what is known as constitution. The constitution is the source and results in our susceptibility and sensitivities to certain illnesses. This susceptibility can be inherited or acquired through improper or stressful lifestyle or diet and in many cases is a combination of both.
How does Homeopathy Work
When I was 19, I smoked cigarettes for about one month. The reason I could not continue is because I began to feel unwell: nausea, dizziness, and faint (fortunately for me the habit didn't stick). Homeopathic tabacum is a remedy that is effective for the nausea of car or travel sickness, the nausea of pregnancy or any situation where the person feels nausea, dizziness, weakness and faint. The principle is simple: The homeopath prescribes a remedy which mirrors the symptoms of the patient.
Hahnemann over his lifetime went on to test and prove medicines which he discovered work not only on the physical level, but also are effective on the mental and emotional levels. He refined the process of manufacture and dilution to ensure the medicines were absolutely safe to ingest.
Controversy and Homeopathy
There are many things in science which cannot be explained fully. Homeopathy has fallen under some politics over the years and who is to say what the motivation is. Homeopathy works for millions of people and many people and communities swear by it's effectiveness (refer to the UK movement: Homeopathy worked for me). It is difficult to prove anything about such small amounts of substance and the energy behind it. It is the quantum physicists who might understand Homeopathy the best. 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. I believe 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. We know homeopathy works (millions of people have experienced it). Now we wait for the science behind it.
The practice of homeopathy requires skill and can be challenging for the practitioner. There is no other healing tool that I have found which can act so beautifully and have such deep healing effects bringing wholeness. Homeopathy is safe and effective for children, babies and animals.