Homeopathy & Healing
"Homeopathy is a healing system developed in the 18Th century by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. Looking for a mild therapy that could stimulate the "vital energy" to restore and maintain health, he believed the substances that cause disease could when administered in tiny amounts, provoke a healing response".
Homotoxicological and homeopathic medicines/remedies are usually made from plants, minerals, or animal products. These substances are prepared by a process of repeated dilution and succession (shaken) which makes them capable of stimulating the healing process.
A medicine is given capable of causing, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the individual being treated to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual, activating the defense systems of the body so that all physiological systems function at their best. When the body encounters homotoxins (toxins that affect the human organism) it attempts to eliminate them by activating the defense systems of the body. Secondarily, localized symptoms improve as the defense systems of the body become active by implementing the appropriate homeopathic remedy.
George Guess, M.D., a family practitioner in Charlottesville, Va., who is president of the American Board of Homeotherapeutics and whose practice is "99 percent" homeopathy was drawn to the field in part because of what he calls "the pleasant paradox", you can get an effect without a side effect," He says.
Corey Weinstein, M.D. who practices homeopathy in San Francisco says, "There are a lot of things that we use every day and don't understand. Homeopathy isn't magic-it's just a wonderful, natural tool that helps people."
One homeopathic theory is that the molecules of the remedy substance leave an energy "memory" as they disappear, somewhat like a shadow, and that the body responds to it.
"It boggles the mind" agrees Wayne Jonas, M.D. a family physician at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., who uses homeopathy in his practice.
Acute ailments such as the flu or a stomach upset may clear up with one dose in a few hours or day says, Jennifer Jacobs, M.D. who's on the faculty at the University of Washington and who's been using homeopathy for 23 years in her family practice.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, while much of homeopathy's studies have shown homeopathic remedies are effective for some conditions most doctors write that off to placebo effect-the curious but real phenomenon in which a person's belief that a substance will make him feel better actually does make him feel better. There is more to homeopathy than the placebo effect can explain; studies were performed on animals and in test tubes, yet still showed positive effects which would dispel the placebo effect theory. These studies help to further demonstrate the real and not imagined benefits of the power of homeopathic medicines and remedies use in treating many conditions and ailments.
The premise of homeopathy isn't so strange, it is based on the idea that like cures like, that diluted amounts of a poison, allergen or other disease-causing substance can relieve the same symptoms that the larger dose causes. This concept resembles the desensitizing therapy used to relieve allergy symptoms and allergic reactions.
Homotoxicology and homeopathic treatment seek to stimulate the innate healing power of the individual, activating the defense systems of the body so that all physiological systems function at their best. As on moves toward their optimal level of health, one feels better. Secondarily, localized symptoms improve as the defense systems of the body become active.