An Introduction To Homeopathy
Homeopathy stimulates the body to “turn on” its own healing mechanisms in pursuit of restoring balance in body systems
Homeopathic medicine has been used since its beginning in the eighteenth century. Homeopathy stimulates the body to “turn on” it own healing mechanisms in pursuit of restoring homeostatasis or balance. Allopathic medicine treats disease by the suppression and regulation of symptoms or by attempting to destroy the microbes (disease entities) associated with the condition.
We are learning more and more about when this approach is effective and when it is not. For example, take the increasing problems the overuse of antibiotics has resulted in. Erroneously, allopathy has attempted to destroy those micro-organisms instead of creating a symbiotic (working) relationship as found in nature. To date, homeopathic remedies have had little to no toxicity associated with them and they direct the body toward balance.
Homeopathy is based on the “Law of Similars” or “Like Treating Like”. This law suggests similar symptoms caused by taking a substance in it raw form can be alleviated by taking the same substance in a highly diluted form. This dilution follows the premise put forth by the “Arndt-Schulz Law” in which substances vary in action dependent upon the concentration being high, medium, or minute; high concentrations suppress and minute concentrations stimulate.
Isopathy is similar to homeopathy but it is the law of exacts. A good example of this would be using homeopathically prepared grass pollen to treat grass sensitivity.
Homeopathy is a system of highly diluted substances that will alleviate effects caused by the same or similar substances in their non-diluted states. One example of this is belladonna, which if taken in its pure state would cause high fever, dilated pupils and a throbbing pulse. Taken in homeopathic form one would prescribe belladonna if the person presented with such a symptom profile such as that found in influenza.
Homeopathic remedies are diluted (potentized) and manufactured under very strict and specific guidelines. Potentization consists of precise dilutions and hand succession (vigorous shaking and sudden impact). The most common dilution (potentization) factors are decimal (X) and centesimal (C). This means that for each stage of potency, a remedy has been diluted by either a 1:10 or a 1:100 measurement of the crude substance or previous potency to dilutent (usually an ethanol/water mixture). A belladonna remedy at a 6X potency has been diluted 1:10 six times. This results in the final product possessing one part of the original substance in one million parts of finished “potentized” product.
Hand succession (vigorous shaking and pounding) of each step of potentization is also an important component of the manufacturing process. This step causes agitation at the molecular bonding level of the remedy and energetically activates the remedy. Without the succussion and specific dilutions, the product is ineffective. The “hand succussed” procedures (originated with Samuel Hahnemann) are followed in the preparation of professional homeopathics.
HOMEOPATHIC DOSAGE RECOMMENDATIONS & GUIDELINES
- Adults: Use recommended dosage or as determined by Doc to best fit your specific needs.
- Children: If a child is going to be taking a product, first determine the adult dosage and then use the following formula to determine the approximate dosage for the child.
Example: Weight of Child (lbs) divided by 150 (average adult weight) = Fraction of adult dose to be used. Sample: child weighing 50 lbs divided by 150 (average adult weight) = 1/3 of adult dose.
- Acute: When symptoms are immediate or severe, take under tongue 10-15 drops, or as dosage is listed, every 15 minutes not to exceed 3 hours total.
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- Subacute: When symptoms improve or are mild to moderate, take under tongue 10-15 drops, or as dosage is listed, every hour not to exceed 8 hours total.
- Chronic: When symptoms last longer than 48 to 72 hours, take under tongue 10-15 drops as listed on the bottle.
- Preventative: For maintenance of occasional symptoms or for a tendency toward the condition, take 10-15 drops once weekly or monthly as needed.
Note: To determine the level that you will be working at seed: Detoxification Treatment Goals.
GENERAL RULES FOR TAKING REMEDIES:
- Avoid Mint and Camphor as some remedies may be rendered less- or in-active.
- Do not take within 10-15 minutes of ingesting anything else orally.
- Coffee or tea should be avoided when they antidote.
- Store in a cool, dark, environment away from exposure to sunlight, microwave or other electro-magnetic frequencies.
- Take low potency “drainage” remedies separately from other homeopathics.OTHER OPTIONS FOR TAKING HOMEOPATHICS:
Sensitive individuals may decrease the dose and/or put in a 1/2 tumbler of water and sip 1 teaspoon at a time. Beginning treatment by dosing 5 drops every 3 days and building to tolerance may be effective for some.
Another method is to imbricate (rub-in) the dose on a vascular area of the skin.
Others have attempted to dissipate the formula’s alcohol by allowing it to sit in a small amount of tepid water for a period of time or by performing the following method: Boil water and pour into a tea cup. Allow cup to heat and then empty the hot water. Put the homeopathic dose into the heated tea cup and allow it to sit for approximately 2 minutes. Add a small amount of purified water and take or sip the dose. This is warm enough to evaporate alcohol without destroying the homeopathic action.
Clinical Effects Based On Level of Potency:
- Use low doses (1X – !0X) for pharmacological support of acute problems and for stimulation of drainage.
- Use medium doses (12X – 10X) for problems lasting longer than 10 days and symptom control.
- Use high doses (60X and up) for immediate effect on acute problems, constitutional or suppressed conditions.