What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a medical science that uses natural substances to mimic illness and stimulate healing.
It is based on the idea of "like cures like." Any substance that can produce symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms in a sick person.
Here are several examples of this principle:

a. An onion is a substance that makes your eyes water and your nose burn. So if you are having an attack of hay fever
with watering eyes and a burning nose, a few doses of homeopathic onion can relieve it.

b. Poison ivy causes redness, small blisters, intense itching, and stiff muscles. Homeopathically it has been used for everything from herpes and burns to eczema and arthritis.
c. Coffee can over stimulate the mind and trigger insomnia. Homeopathic coffee can help restore sleep disturbed by an overactive mind.

d. When you are stung by a bee you feel a burning, stinging pain, and the tissues surrounding the area swell up.

ci. some relief is obtained from applying cold to the area. If you had swollen tonsils with
burning and stinging pain relieved by cold, homeopathic bee sting could cure.

Over two thousand substances are now used as remedies to treat everything thing from colds and cough to arthritis and cancer.

Why Turn to Homeopathy?

1. When antibiotics fail, homeopathic remedies will still work. Germs can never develop a resistance to homeopathic remedies.
2. The remedies do not kill the germs directly, but rather, they stimulate the immune system to do the healing. For the last two hundred years,

homeopaths have cured meningitis, endocarditis, pneumonia, nephritis, tuberculosis,plague, and venereal diseases using homeopathic remedies alone.
Homeopathic remedies are effective against viruses, but antibiotics are not. In 1918, the worldwide influenza epidemic killed over twenty million people,
and over five hundred thousand in the United States. At a time when survival rates were 70% with conventional medicine, they were 98% with homeopathy.

Some other viral diseases are Ebola, hantavirus, viral pneumonia, monia, viral hepatitis, yellow fever, polio, rabies, viral meningitis, viral encephalitis, dengue fever,
mumps, chickenpox, measles, herpes simplex and zoster, and mononucleosis.
2. Homeopathy is affordable-homeopathic remedies cost about eight cents per dose.

Thousands of people could be treated during an emergency for just a few dollars.
The antibiotic used to treat sepsis infections costs $4,000 for one day's treatment. The equivalent homeopathic remedies cost 8¢ per dose.
3. You can begin prescribing without a diagnosis. Homeopathic remedies are prescribed based on the person's symptoms.

4. You don't have to know the name of the disease. This is especially important when new or exotic diseases arise.
Homeopathic remedies are extremely safe and free of chemical ical side effects. By following a few simple rules, any intelligent person can use the remedies without danger.
Prescription drugs, on the other hand, are not safe for amateurs. In fact, they are quite dangerous even when used by doctors.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (April 15, 1998) concluded that prescription drugs,
properly prescribed and properly taken, are between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death in the United States (after heart attack, stroke, and cancer).
The study found that prescription drugs kill over one hundred thousand Americans a year.

5. Homeopathic remedies can be used prophylactically, much like vaccines.
Thousands of people could be inoculated quickly and cheaply if an epidemic threatened.

A remedy made from the chick pea (Lathyrus) has been used with great success during ing polio epidemics.
6. People who are allergic to antibiotics and other drugs can still use homeopathic remedies. Homeopathic remedies can substitute for almost all conventional drugs.

7. You can heal faster. Conventional drugs can relieve pain or reduce inflammation, but they don't speed healing. All homeopathic pathic remedies, when properly selected, speed the healing process.
8. . You can sometimes avoid surgery. Polyps, tonsillitis, hemorrhoids, rhoids, ulcers, abscesses, gall bladder problems, and more, often yield to homeopathic treatment. Surgery is
always an option, but when possible, why not try a less invasive method first?
9. Homeopathic remedies remove toxins from the body. Conventional ventional drugs increase the toxic load.

What You Can Accomplish with Homeopathy If conventional medical care were not available, what could the average person hope to accomplish with homeopathy?
You wouldn't be an expert, but you could still prevent illness, relieve pain, and save lives.

First Aid Just as a person can learn conventional first aid, so one can learn homeopathic opathic first aid.
This includes treating anything from cuts and sprains to concussions and broken bones.
For first aid injuries, you simply look up the type of injury.

The book will list the appropriate remedy. For example, bruises require Arnica and burns need Cantharis.
It's quite straight forward. You can look up the remedies for first aid in chapter 3, "Ailments A to Z."
Acute Care This involves anything from colds and coughs to influenza, infected wounds, and pneumonia. If you know the name of the ailment, you can look it up in this book.

It involves more decisions than treating first aid problems, because you'll have more remedies to choose from. Match the remedy to the patient's symptoms.
Just do your best! You don't have to get it right the first time, or even the second or third time. Trained homeopaths often try several remedies before they get the right one.

You can look up the remedies for acute health problems in chapter 3, "Ailments A to Z."
Preventing Illness Homeopathic remedies can also help prevent illness. If there were an epidemic and you had no vaccines.
available, you could use remedies to help prevent the disease or reduce its severity. This is similar to vaccination, but without the side effects.
You can read more about this and look up the remedies in chapter 7, "Preventing illness."
How Homeopathy Got Started

Homeopathy was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician, in the period from 1790 until his death in 1843.
In addition to being a physician, he was a pharmacist, and wrote seventy original works on chemistry and medicine. He was also a translator, fluent ent in seven languages.
With his theoretical and practical discoveries in homeopathy, he developed an entire
system of medicine. Hahnemann was ahead of his time in many respects, being one of the first people to promote compassionate treatment for the mentally ill.
He used homeopathy to cure many individuals so afflicted. He grasped the principles of contagion long before the germ
theory, and wrote about the need for public sanitation. There is a monument to

Homeopathy is based on the idea of "like cures like," a principle that was understood by Aristotle, Hippocrates, and Paracelsus, and mentioned tioned in ancient Hindu manuscripts. It was Hahnemann, however,

who turned it into a science of healing. Hahnemann wondered why cinchona bark, from which quinine is derived, was effective
in treating malaria. As an experiment he consumed some cinchona bark and soon developed the symptoms of malaria.
From this experience, he reasoned that a substance can cure an ailment if it is able to produce the symptoms of that ailment.

He concluded that a true medicine is something that can produce the symptoms it is trying to cure. He thus hypothesized the principle of "like cures like." This principle ple is also called the "law of similars."
To prove this hypothesis he experimented on himself, his family, and friends. Initially, he used tinctures or concentrated doses.

Later, in an effort to prevent side effects, he began diluting his medicines. At each stage of dilution, he would firmly tap the bottle of
liquid. To his amazement, ment, this process of diluting and tapping, called "potentizing," increased the healing power of the remedies.
The more he diluted and tapped them, the deeper and longer-acting the remedies became.

From those experiments, he confirmed two important principles of homeopathy: Like cures like:
A substance that causes symptoms of illness can cure those same symptoms. Minimum dose: To cure without harm, use the least amount of medicine necessary.
Hahnemann experimented with other substances, learning what symptoms they would produce and, therefore, what

symptoms they could cure. He taught others his new method of healing, and soon homeopathy spread from Germany to the rest of the continent. By 1829, Hahnemann was
famous throughout Europe. He produced amazing cures in some of the worst epidemics of the time. During a typhus epidemic in

1813, Hahnemann nemann cured 179 of 180 cases. Survival rates in homeopathic hospitals during epidemics were usually 50%-75% greater than in conventional hospitals.
Because of its success in healing the most serious diseases without harm to the patient, homeopathy was soon practiced all over the world.

How Homeopathic Remedies Are Made The first step in making a homeopathic remedy is to dissolve a substance in water or grain alcohol.
It then goes through a process of successive dilutions, either one part to one hundred or one part to ten. At each stage of dilution,
the container of liquid is tapped firmly fifty to one hundred times (called succussion).

The process of dilution and succussion may be carried out anywhere from
three to one hundred thousand times. This whole operation is called potentization.
It removes the original nal substance, but leaves its energy pattern. The more dilutions and succussions, the stronger, deeper, and

longer-acting acting the remedy is. The healing effect of a remedy that has been diluted fifty thousand times and succussed five million times can easily last a year.

The more diluted, the stronger it is? This may seem paradoxical. In fact, for years no one was sure how the remedies worked. But
recent research has helped explain it. When something is dissolved in water and then potentized, the water molecules form

clusters.The character of the clusters is specific for each substance. Further, these clusters can carry complex information and communicate it to other water molecules.
The energy pattern of the original substance affects the water, and this effect is transmitted through each dilution. Homeopathic remedies

cure by presenting the body with an energy pattern that mimics the energy pattern of the disease. This triggers exactly the correct
healing response. The remedy does not add any chemicals to your body. Rather, it contains tains information about how to heal.

It is similar to a floppy disc in your computer. People who are not knowledgeable about homeopathy often try to disparage it,
saying there is nothing in the remedy. Well, there is no "thing" or chemical in the remedy, but rather, information.
It would be as foolish to say there is nothing in a floppy disc. The remedy gives your body instructions for healing, in the same way the floppy disc instructs the hard drive.
How Does Homeopathy Work?

Why Should an Energy Pattern Heal Disease? Homeopathy has some basic assumptions about disease and healing.
1. Living beings are alive because they have energy flowing through them. Hahnemann called this energy the "Vital Force."
In India it is referred to as prana, and in China it is known as chi. Wilhelm Reich named it the orgone.

Whatever it is called, this energy is the spark that animates us. Without it, all plant and animal life would be a pile of inert chemicals.
2. Disease is a disturbance in the body's energy. Those things normally thought of as disease, such as fevers, inflammations, blocked vessels, and growths, are the result of disturbed energy flow.

They are the symptoms, signs, and results of disease, but not the disease itself. The disease is the disrupted energy.
3. To cure disease you have to restore the body's energy flow
4. Since disease is a disturbance of energy, you need an energy medicine to correct it.

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Homeopathic remedies are essentially energy patterns. How Does a Particular Remedy Help Heal a Particular Disease?
The famous physicist Louis de Broglie demonstrated that all matter (living or inert) has wave length and frequency.

That is to say, everything is vibrating. That includes people, animals, rocks, and homeopathic remedies. When we are healthy, we are vibrating in a particular way.
This changes during illness. A homeopathic remedy that matches the sickness vibration will mimic your disease. This stimulates and guides the healing process.
The symptoms disappear because the remedy corrected the underlying energy problem. Each remedy represents a different vibration.
Since we can't see these vibrations, what we actually match are the symptoms of the remedy and the symptoms of the patient.

The idea that disease is due to an energy imbalance is very different from the conventional view. The conventional view is
that disease is caused by a chemical imbalance and needs to be fixed with chemicals. Rather than a sign of healing,

symptoms are seen as the disease itself and are suppressed with strong chemicals, called drugs. The suppression of symptoms is basic to that view.
Treating disease this way has serious drawbacks. Since it doesn't address the underlying problem, symptoms frequently return. This requires ever-stronger drugs,
often with dangerous side effects. The ineffectiveness of this approach is quite apparent in chronic disease.

Most people with chronic ailments have to take drugs the rest of their lives. It is clear that the problem hasn't been fixed. Further,
suppressing symptoms can make one sicker. When your body needs to rid itself of toxins,
you might get a runny nose, watery eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, perspiration, or a fever.

These are signs that your body is trying to heal itself. When a drug stops this from happening, ing, where do the toxins go?
The body's natural expression has been thwarted. According to homeopathy, suppressing symptoms over time can create ate a deeper and more serious illness.
For example, homeopaths have observed that minor skin

ailments suppressed with drugs give rise to asthma. What's more, if the asthma is then treated suppressively, it can give rise to
colitis, arthritis, heart disease, etc. The proof of this is that the process reverses itself under homeopathic treatment. As the colitis is cured, symptoms of asthma briefly return.

When the symptoms of asthma disappear, a skin rash erupts for a day or two. The process is complete.Occasionally, symptoms themselves can become life-threatening,

such as an allergic reaction to a bee sting. In such cases, it makes sense to suppress. For the most part, however, symptoms represent a healing process.
The Minimum Dose By using potentized remedies, homeopaths are able to adhere to a second principle, the minimum dose.

This principle states that the homeopath opath should use the least amount of medicine (or energy) needed to trigger healing.

Thus, the remedies stimulate the body to make changes, rather than forcing it to do so. Because they are so dilute, they produce no chemical side effects. This cause, it can cure.
Arsenic produces many serious symptoms, and therefore has a wide range of healing properties erties when used homeopathically.
There are currently about two thousand homeopathic remedies. Most are made from plants, minerals, or elements.
A handful of remedies dies are made from animal substances such as bee sting toxin and snake venom. There are also some remedies made from diseased tissue, such as
Those remedies are called nosodes.

You can't catch any disease from them, because they contain nothing but an energy pattern. In fact, nosodes are often used to prevent those diseases during epidemics.
Examples of Substances Used to Make Remedies
Plants: Mountain daisy, sundew, St.Ignatius bean, wild rosemary.

Minerals: Calcium sulfate, potassium carbonate, sodium chloride, sodium sulfate.
Elements: Phosphorus, sulphur, gold, silver, copper.
Animal substances: Bee sting toxin, snake venom, cuttle fish ink.
Disease substances: Tuberculosis, diphtheria, influenza.

These disparate responses bring to mind the three kingdoms in nature—animal, mineral, and plant.
The animal way of viewing a situation is as competition, a struggle for survival.
The mineral way is to feel a need for, or fear losing part of, one’s structure.

And the plant way is to be sensitive and reactive to the external stimulus.
Thus we can have people who are animal type, mineral type, or plant type. Each one of us is stuck in a particular type, and we view
every life situation according to our type.