By Jeremy Brown, Naturopath
(Adv. Dip. Nat., TAE IV, MNHAA)
Writing this blog has been something I do when I’m not busy seeing patients, yet it has become more successful than I imagined. This success has spilled over into print media and I have been published a few times now. One of the latest occasions was when I wrote an article for “Healthy You” Magazine, written for the Heathly Life stores across Australia. Having a readership to up 180,000 the magazine it was out the front of every Heathly Life store back in autumn. Please read and enjoy the article written on a medicine that many either love, or hate.
What is this medicine?
Well… Homeopathy, of course.
Homeopathy: Introduction to the Western World
Many have wondered what Homeopathy is. But few realise its impact on medicine and its wide spread use. This article discusses this impact, its history and some common remedies for family use.
Homeopathy, rich in history
Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that originated approximately 200 years ago when the German physician Samuel Hahnemann discovered it. Hahnemann was looking a gentler way to heal his patients in that time. One day, when dosing himself on China bark, Hahnemann discovered that his symptoms from taking this bark were not unlike the symptoms of malaria, for which china bark was used to treat. Hahnemann then discovered the first law of Homeopathy: “Similia similibus curentur”, let like treat like. If a substance can produce a symptom in a healthy person, then it can reduce that symptom if present in an unhealthy person experiencing that symptom. Take for example Allium cepa (common house onion). Everyone can relate to having watery and painful eyes when cutting up onions. However, when taking Allium cepa homoeopathically, a person may find relief from teary and watery eyes.
Homeopathy, a unique angle on dosing
The second, most fascinating principle of Homeopathy is dilution and succession. Using the example of onion, one drop is taken and placed into 99 drops of water and this is then agitated (succussed) imparting what is called a potency into the water. This solution is then placed in another 99 drops of water and repeated. This led to a list of medicines (called remedies) numbered in the thousands. Thankfully, many available homeopathic medicines are what are called ‘complexes’. These include different potencies of a number substances used for a single condition.
Homeopathy and the question of efficacy
Many have asked: if it is so dilute, then how can it possibly be effective? Scientists have sought to answer this and a picture appears to be forming. We know from studies emerging from the 1980s, that water appears to a carrier for information and this information is stored in clusters of water structures. We also know that plants and animals respond to homeopathic preparations. A paper recently published by the Swiss government about its effect on humans investigated 22 reviews (563 studies in total) and reported “at least a trend in favour of Homeopathy in 20 of the 22 reviews.” Homeopathy is also the second highest form of medicine used worldwide with where France, Germany and India using it frequently.
Homeopathy and skepticism
Understandably, homeopathy is not without without its skeptics. There is much to learn about its method of action, particularly when the remedies are so highly diluted. There is also some debate when the remedies replace needed medical treatment in serious conditions.
Homeopathy and your family
So how can you use Homeopathy in your own families’ life? Homeopathy is wonderful for children, being gentle and easy to use. Homeopathy has very few side effects, and this makes it very suitable for the elderly or those who are sensitive. Homeopathy also works with the body, not against it.
Homeopathy and individual care
Many have been introduced to Homeopathy via the over the counter complexes. Others though, may have seen a qualified Homeopathic practitioner. The process may take some time and many unique questions will be asked and some at times may not be related to the presenting symptom. No two patients with the same condition will walk away with the same remedy and the practitioner will individualise the remedy to the patient in front of them.
As you can see, Homeopathy has a rich history and is used in much of the world. Although the process of dilution and succession has drawn some skepticism, it has also brought into light the possibility of the remedies working not chemically, but energetically. So if you are looking for effective, natural and safe medicines for the whole family: look no further than Homeopathy.
A few common remedies include:
Allium cepa (Onion): A frequent remedy for the common cold and hay fever, especially with thin, watery burning discharge.
Arnica (Mountain daisy): This is wonderful first aid remedy for minor injuries from shock or injury. It helps reduce pain and speeds up the self-healing process.
Chamomilla (Chamomile): A wonderful remedy for the irritable child. Used for colic or teething, the child may be crying and restless.
Ignatia (St. Ignatius bean): This is one of the leading Homeopathic remedies for grief, anxiety and depression, particularly when loss is involved.
Speak to our Naturopath, Jeremy at Brown’s Wellbeing Centre to maximise your health
Yours in health,
| Naturopath | Educator | Writer |
*Please note that this advice is of a general nature and does not replace the instruction of your health care practitioner.