What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of medicine that has been used successfully by millions of people worldwide. The practice of homeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like. Another way to describe how this principle works is what a substance can cause, it can cure.
The word homeopathy reflects this observation. It comes from the Greek roots homois meaning similar and pathy meaning suffering.
What does this mean? Suppose a person experiences a stinging rash with hives and itching. Instead of taking an antihistamine to stop the rash, a homeopath may prescribe a small dose of Urtica urens, the botanical name for the stinging nettle plant that is known to produce an itchy rash. When prepared in a homeopathic pharmacy in accordance with FDA approved guidelines, a miniscule, diluted dose of stinging nettle can relieve the rash.
Homeopathic medicines are prepared from natural sources and are used in infinitesimal dose amounts. The medicines are safe and can be used by pregnant mothers and infants as well as by adults and animals. Because homeopathic medicines are diluted in a series of water-based dilutions, the end result is a non-toxic medicine which still retains the ability to heal when used as homeopathically indicated. There are no side effects nor are there interactions with pharmaceutical drugs.
Homeopathic remedies are prescribed using the principle of like cures like and are prepared in such a way that the actual amount of the substance used in the remedy is minuscule, so small in fact that the possibility of drug interaction and side effects are reduced to zero. In this way, they are safe for even the most delicate people, pregnant mothers and infants.
And yet a homeopathic remedy can bring about profound and lasting benefits to a person suffering from serious and long standing dis-ease. How? A homeopath treats the whole person rather than the person’s disease or diagnosis. Conventional medicine treats people based on finding a diagnosis...a name for their list of symptoms and health complications. The symptoms which do not fit into a diagnosis are ignored. However, what is termed the person’s disease in conventional medicine refers to only one part of the person’s whole integrated system of health.
Treating the whole person means taking into consideration all aspects of the person’s life ... emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. Individual parts of a person do not function independently nor do they become ill or diseased independently. Rather these parts belong to an organic, interrelated whole. A homeopath is trained to be an unprejudiced observer to see how these parts fit together to illuminate the underlying cause of the dis-ease. The insights into the person’s healing are all right there in the person’s story. Discovering what is truly asking to be healed is the first and most important part of healing.
As a homeopath, my job is to partner with you to find out what is asking to be healed and to use classical homeopathic principles...the principle of like cures like in the infinitesimal dose...to identify the perfect homeopathic medicine to inspire your healing.
Lucinda Sayre CMT, CTHom
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