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Homeopathy and Restoring Balance

Today, more people are looking for gentle, but effective, remedies that they can use on themselves or on their families without the harsh side effects of over the counter drugs. And for some, the practice of homeopathic medicine presents a needed solution.

Homeopathy sees disease as an energy imbalance, a disturbance to the body's life force. It works by stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms. The techniques used for treatment are based on the belief that the body is self-healing and that the symptoms that are expressed in illness constitute the body's attempt to restore balance, or homeostatis.

Homeopathy is accepted in many parts of the world, especially in Europe. In fact, the royal family of Great Britain is treated by a homeopathic physician. India uses homeopathy within the medical establishment, and it is used for treatment in hospitals and clinics.


The body has the remarkable ability to protect itself from many types of ailments. Complications arise when the body's immune system is weakened, allowing illness to gain a stronghold within our body. The illness will likely affect the weakest link which causes a susceptibility to disease at this specific area. Homeopathy attempts to reclaim our health by strengthening our immune system; in doing so, this will eliminate the disease and allow the body to heal itself.

Homeopathic remedies are chosen by the characteristic of the symptom, such as a throbbing headache, vomiting, or anxiety. These symptoms are warning signs that something is wrong. When we experience the warning signs, we need to address them immediately. In other words, itís important to be attentive to the signals expressed by the body.

Homeopathic Remedies are based on three prescription principles:
  • The Law of Similars: To be effective, you have to cure the illness with a similar remedy.

  • The Minimum Dose Principal: To be effective, the solutions have to be very weak.

  • The Single Remedy Principle: Despite the symptoms, you have only one remedy to be administered at a time.

Homeopathy's History Discovered

The roots of homeopathy can be traced back to ancient times; however, the principles of homeopathy were developed in the late 1700ís by Samuel Hahnemann. He was a German physician and chemist. Hahnemann was becoming increasingly frustrated by the medical practices of his day. For example, he found the practice of bloodletting (letting the patient bleed in attempt to cure them) ineffective and often dangerous to the patient.

During his research, Hahnemann found a document that discussed the use of Peruvian bark to cure malaria. The document suggested that the bitterness of the herb was responsible for its healing properties. Hahnemann wasnít satisfied with this answer and so he conducted his own experiments and executed enough doses to study the effects. What he observed was fascinating. The same bark that was used to treat the person with the fever could cause a similar reaction in a healthy person. This was his first observation of the basic principles of homeopathy.

Following this research,Hahnemann, and his colleagues,, studied the effects of other medicinal substances on the human body. Hahnemannís further research in chemistry made homeopathic doses safe without changing their curative effects. He later published his findings in the book titled The Organon of Medicine.

Recognizing Symptoms

Homeopathy is based on a close observation of the symptom or illness. The clearer and more specific the symptom is, the easier it will be to choose the correct remedy, and the better its effectiveness.

What To Expect

Homeopathic remedies work very quickly (On a personal note, Iíve used them myself when I experienced vomiting and found a particular homeopathic remedy to be extremely effective). According to the teachings of homeopathy the more severe an illness is, the faster a remedy may work. It is important to note, however, that homeopathy cannot be used to reverse permanent physical problems, disorders, and illnesses.

Homeopathy Safety - Basic Recommendations
  • When you use homeopathic remedies, you must be careful not to use the wrong remedy or dosage.

  • Follow up with a practitioner who will be able to help you in finding the correct treatment for your ailment.

  • Always read the label and as an added precaution read the information about the ingredients listed.

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