What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is an amazing 200-year-old system of healing based upon the principle of stimulating the body to heal itself. It is non-toxic and highly effective, and according to the World Health Organization is used by over 500 million people to address disease symptoms stemming from physical, emotional, or mental imbalances. It is free of side effects and is significantly less expensive than traditional medical care.

Examples of homeopathy in action!

New to the word homeopathy? In general, homeopathy is not well understood in the United States. Yet 42% of doctors in England refer their patients to homeopaths and 32% of doctors in France use homeopathy.

The British Royal Family has used and endorsed homeopathy for three generations. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was the Royal Patron of the British Homeopathic Association and lived 101 years. In addition to the royal family, there are many other well known people who have used homeopathy. Just a few of homeopathy endorsers include Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Pope Pius X and John Paul II. Current TV host health expert Dr. Oz spoke of his family’s use and did a recent segment on homeopathy.

Widespread in Europe, Great Britain, Australia, Central and South America, India, and Africa, homeopathy is experiencing a renewed resurgence in the United States and Canada as part of the movement toward natural medicine and true healing. In 2011, the United Nation’s World Health Organization declared that Homeopathy should be integrated into health care worldwide. In 1998, the government of Switzerland, responding to its citizenry demands, added homeopathy into their National Health Care Plan. The principles underlying homeopathy have been systematically proven throughout two centuries of practice and validated by over 200 scientific studies published in respected journals like Lancet, Pediatrics, Rheumatology, and Annals of Internal Medicine, among others.

Here’s a quick video explanation of homeopathy and how it works!

Which diseases can be treated with homeopathy?
This may sound strange but in homeopathy we do not treat diseases, we treat the person who has the disease. Whether a person has a chronic or an acute disease, all of their symptoms form a whole, representing a state of imbalance. Homeopathy heals holistically by strengthening the body’s immune system, vitality, and energy thereby bringing balance and healing on mental, emotional, and physical levels. Just about anyone can benefit from homeopathic treatment and in practice, I have seen people with a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to:

Mental Symptoms
Anxiety, fears, night terrors, Post Traumatic Stress, panic attacks, memory loss, confusion, Alzheimer’s, concentration problems, lethargy, ADD, ADHD, learning difficulties, speech problems, behavior development delays

Client Comment: “Since beginning homeopathic treatment, my anxiety has really decreased.  Little things that used to stress me out aren’t as noticeable as before.”

Emotional Symptoms
Grief, depression, despair, anger issues, tantrums, behavioral problems, eating disorders, addictions, emotional development, relationships, effects of abuse

Client Comment: “After just a few remedies, I no longer have suicidal thoughts, and have become a more optimistic thinker.”

Physical Symptoms
Sinusitis, allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, head injuries, bedwetting, UTI’s, constipation, diarrhea, shingles, migraines/headaches, ear infections, teething, skin problems, abdominal pain, gastro-esophageal reflex, infertility, vertigo, menstrual and menopause problems, libido, low energy, arthritis, hypertension

Client Comment: “I was amazed how quickly my asthma improved – I can now play sports again.”

Many people have also found homeopathy helped them when there was no specific diagnosis for their symptoms and they simply didn’t feel well. With homeopathy, you are not treated as a disease label, but instead a unique individual with sensations and characteristics. Please feel free to contact me with details of your condition for a complementary 15-minute talk to see how homeopathy can help you.

Can a pregnant woman or a newborn baby benefit from homeopathy?
Since homeopathic remedies are devoid of all chemical toxicity, homeopathy is the ideal system of medicine for people of all ages, even the most sensitive like an expectant mother or a newborn baby. Difficulties during pregnancy, delivery or postpartum care as well as symptoms experienced by the newborn can be managed gently, effectively and without side effects using homeopathy.

How Does Homeopathy Work?
Homeopathy is based on the natural laws of health and healing as described in the eighteenth century by a German medical doctor named Samuel Hahnemann. The primary principle is based on ‘like cures like.’ For example, onions typically cause people to react with watery eyes and a runny nose. Based on this symptomatic relationship, homeopaths use onions to prepare Allium Cepa, a homeopathic remedy that is effective for allergies that exhibit the symptoms of watery eyes and a runny nose. Like cures like. That is, if a substance (ex. Onion) can cause symptoms of disease in a healthy person, then a potentized remedy made from the substance (ex. Onion) can cure a sick person suffering from similar symptoms. While this may be a new concept for some, it has been used successfully for over 200 years and is commonly practiced in many other countries as noted above.

Additionally, homeopathy is based on the principle of totality, meaning that the complete state of being is taken into account. In the example above, the person’s mental, emotional and other physical symptoms would also be considered in the selection of the healing remedy. Homeopathy acts at an energetic level and helps by increasing the individual’s overall vitality thus gaining strength and resistance to disease. It is useful for acute or chronic disease.

What Is A Homeopathic Remedy?
Homeopathic remedies are usually made from plants, minerals and other natural substances. These substances are prepared by a special process of repeated dilution and shaking, known as potentization, which makes them capable of stimulating the healing process. Homeopathic remedies are made at special FDA-regulated and -approved homeopathic pharmacies according to very high standards of purity. Homeopathic medicines are free of side effects, easy to administer and are selected to best correspond to the person’s total state of illness. Remedies come in easy to take pellet or liquid form and work at the same energetic level as your body’s own natural healing mechanism, gently boosting your vitality.

How Long Will it Take?
The length of treatment varies with the individual and the health condition. Generally, the longer a condition has been present, the longer the treatment will take, but not always. There are many variables that can affect the pace of the outcome and changes after taking the remedy can be dramatic or subtle. An individual’s state of illness may have been seated in the body for many years, so it is best to give the process a commitment of a few months even while noticing significant improvements in vitality and symptoms.

Homeopathy is a proven healing system trusted and used by over 500 million people, but it is important for prospective clients to understand that homeopathic treatment works by stimulating the body’s vitality to heal itself. That kind of change needs time. For people interested in true health and freedom from ‘dis-ease’, homeopathy can offer deep and transformational healing. Individuals on a quest for self-understanding and self-actualization have found homeopathic treatment can be a wonderful support toward that goal.

According to the principle of homeopathy, medicines are given in extremely dilute amounts, just enough to stimulate a healing response. While there are no toxic side effects to homeopathic remedies, sometimes a short-term intensification of symptoms is experienced typically lasting less than a few days and followed by a marked improvement in the same symptoms. This is an indication the body has responded to the remedy and has shifted into addressing the healing needed. During follow up appointments all your symptoms and healing shifts will be reviewed so progress toward your health goals is clear.

How is Homeopathy Different from Western Medicine?
Pharmaceutical drugs used by allopathic medicine are designed to treat a single symptom. Instead of healing the underlying problem, they are designed to suppress the symptom. For example, if you have a headache and take a medication to get rid of the pain, the drug affects your nervous system’s natural pain sensing receptors. The pain is no longer noticed, but the cause or source of the headache is still there. Symptoms often reappear when the medications are stopped. Taking drugs to suppress symptoms is like going to an auto mechanic and asking to have the warning light in your car disconnected. The immediate symptom (the warning light) has been temporarily removed, but the underlying reason is still there and a more serious and expensive symptom will appear later. The ’cause’ behind why the warning light was on remains the same. Whereas, homeopathy works at a holistic level to get to the underlying cause of the headache so healing is deep and lasting. Not simply suppressive. Those using homeopathy find a system of medicine that not only displays more common sense by its respect for the whole person, but which is also more efficient in restoring health to the sick by using the innate self-healing powers of the human body.

What will my doctor say if I tell him I am using a homeopathic remedy?
That will vary greatly based on your medical practitioner. If your doctor practices cosmetic surgery he is highly likely to give you Arnica, a homeopathic remedy, after surgery to reduce pain and promote rapid healing. If your doctor was educated or practiced medicine in Europe, he would likely be well-versed on homeopathy and be knowledgeable about its wide and practical use. However, doctors trained in the US, in most cases, have almost no training in homeopathy or nutrition for that matter, so their support will generally be minimal.

Can Homeopathy Be Safely Used At The Same Time As Other Medications And Treatments?
Yes. Homeopathic remedies do not interact with conventional medications and may be safely combined with prescription and/or over-the-counter medicine. Homeopathy heals holistically by strengthening the vitality of the individual not by treating a specific disease or singular symptom. Many of my new clients are taking conventional medicine. As their overall vitality improves and their symptoms are reduced, they have the option of working together with their medical doctor to reduce or eliminate medications if they should so choose.

Homeopathy works well in combination with other complimentary therapies that support the body’s innate healing ability such as nutrition, chiropractic, massage and craniosacral therapy. In fact, other therapies often work better when a person is under constitutional homeopathic treatment.

How Do I Get Started?
For more information on beginning your Homeopathic journey with Healing Heart Homeopathy, click here.

Want to gain a deeper understanding of homeopathy? Check out the helpful videos, articles, and books listed here!

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