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Homeopathy is a specialty of medicine that has been practiced since 1796. It was discovered by a physician that was dissatisfied with the, then current, medical practices. He believed that there was a better way to treat illness, prevent illness, and restore a person to good health. There are two types of practice; classical homeopathy and acute homeopathy. In classical homeopathy, we look at the person in their entirety and try to understand the imbalances that may be present in their body, mind, spirit and use those imbalances to paint a picture of the overall state of being. Each person's symptomology will point to their condition being one of many particular remedy states. By finding the state of the person's being at that particular moment, by giving them the remedy for that particular state, we are able to bring the person back into balance, thus improving their overall health. Many believe that a person may see, not only the elimination of long-standing health problems, but also may find that they are more resistant to future health problems. Some also believe that in acute illness, by giving the person their carefully selected remedy, their body is able to resolve the acute illness quickly. It is thought that illness, whether of the body or mind, is able to take root, or develop, only if there is a state of imbalance. If we are able to restore the body and mind to balance, then illness and disease may be unable to take root or develop. Acute homeopathy is the use of homeopathic remedies in a short-term acute situation. The person's specific remedy should be used in most cases but an acute remedy may be temporarily added as needed. For example, if a person sprains their ankle, a dose of Arnica may prevent swelling and pain. Acute remedies, however, are not intended to produce or restore health, they are, rather, intended for the short-term alleviation of a superficial symptom. One should return to the person's specific remedy as soon as possible.

Homeopathy, in today's terms, might be considered a sort of physiological process modulating therapy (PPMT). It is believed by some that what homeopathy does is to "trick" the body into action against the illness state by "amplifying" the illness condition to the point that the body starts paying attention and taking action by correcting the malfunction and restoring the proper functioning of the body by using what is called the law of similars; which is the meaning of homeo (same) and pathy (illness), and says that; if you give a minute dose of a substance that, in a healthy person, would cause symptoms similar to the ones being experienced by the sick person. This "amplification" however, actually takes place on an information level rather than on a physiological level, thus, it does not cause an actual aggravation of the symptoms or worsening of the illness. On the contrary, some believe that the properly selected remedy may alleviate the symptoms quite quickly without any untoward effects to the person or being.

One might describe human physiology, in a simplistic way, as having essentially three processes within the body that regulate body function. The first process is the "software" process or the DNA and RNA. This is the computer code that tells everything in the body what to do. Then there is the "hardware" process, or the organs and tissues. The organs and tissues are the end product of this process and carry out the instructions that were originally written in the genetic code. But there is a third process in between these two. This third process is the chemical and bio-chemical modulating process. It is this chemical and bio-chemical process where it is believed that homeopathy does its work. There are some that think that the properly selected remedy can introduce information into this third modulating process in between the software and the hardware and sort of re-write or reprogram the information and cause the hardware, or, the organs and tissues, to function differently than they would have otherwise. It is thought that perhaps by introducing modulating information into this third process, we can rebalance the organ and tissue function and cause it to function more correctly or in the way in which it was designed to function rather than the way that it is currently malfunctioning, causing illness and disease. Whether this is the actual bio-chemical or physiological process in which the remedies work or not is not known. However, homeopaths can all agree that the properly selected constitutional remedy, somehow, seems to bring about better balance and function in the body and mind. Homeopaths have always talked about this in the sense of strengthening vital energy and correcting imbalances in the vital energy and this may be a perfectly satisfactory way of discussing it. Regardless of how it works, many believe that it does work.

In the current medical world of pharmaceutical assault on the delicately balanced ecosystem that is the human body, a more elegant approach that stimulates the body to simply do what it was designed to do rather than assaulting an already unbalanced system with further toxic assault, is certainly a very interesting idea.

Many experts have recently claimed that we are quickly approaching, or are already in, the post-antibiotic era. This means that over the last seventy years, we have abused the use of antibiotics to the point that bacteria have become so resistant that antibiotics are becoming ineffective against many infections. If it were possible, wouldn't it make more sense to just stimulate the immune system to do what it was designed to do and have it kill the infection rather than use chemicals that are, not only creating antibiotic resistant organisms, but are also, causing further imbalance in our bodies? And this idea, perhaps, can be applied to any human illness. Why assault the body unnecessarily with toxic chemicals that cause more imbalance and illness when we may be able to simply correct the imbalance that was causing the disease in the first place. Wouldn't that make more sense? Wouldn't that be more reasonable?

We are facing epidemics and pandemics of human illness and, perhaps, we should no longer solely rely on, what many believe to be, a faulty model of chemical assault against the body. Perhaps we should look at transitioning, at least in part, to a more elegant and reasonable approach. It would seem only reasonable to explore the use of homeopathy, proper diet, exercise, disease prevention and other appropriate ideas. We must be more pro-active rather than relying on reactivity and the "quick-fix" of chemical assault, a.k.a, pharmaceutical drugs which, ultimately, many believe, just cause more problems and make us sicker. It is, potentially, just a vicious circle. Giving a drug to treat a symptom or disease which causes yet another symptom or disease. Treating one imbalance by causing another, ultimately, making us sicker and sicker. Pharmaceutical drugs do have their place but perhaps we should also start looking at disease and illness in a more reasonable way. Perhaps we should start to look at treating the problem rather than just covering up the symptoms. Many believe that until we start looking at the causes of disease, not just symptom management, we will just keep digging ourselves into a deeper and deeper hole until, at some point, the hole will get so deep that we will no longer be able to get out. Perhaps everyone, and especially medical professionals, should start thinking about disease differently before it is too late.

It was said by the 19th century physician John Ellis...

We all admit that everyone who attempts to act as a physician, should strive to qualify himself or herself, for the work, by obtaining the best education which our medical schools afford; for to physicians is intrusted, not simply the property or money, but the very lives of their fellow citizens. As the responsibility is great, so the duty of preparing oneself before commencing practice, and of keeping fully abreast of all new and valuable discoveries in the art of healing, is equally great. A physician should not be led blindly by his teachers and prominent medical writers, and so strongly confirm himself in the theories and views which they proclaim that he cannot, without prejudice, examine new views and theories with due care. The treatment in allopathic medicine consists largely in giving and applying remedies in disease-creating doses and the use of remedies that directly or indirectly reduce the inflammatory or febrile action; but it is manifest that while it may lessen the activities of the diseased symptoms, it also lessens the vitality of the system as a whole, and consequently its power to resist and overcome the existing diseased action; so that it is a serious question whether in many cases more is not lost than gained. To create disease of a well organ for the sake of curing disease in another organ, as is done, though the patient may sometimes be benefited, is certainly not a very satisfactory treatment as a whole. But the greatest danger and evil that results from the allopathic treatment of disease lies, not in the direction of the sudden deaths that sometimes result from the use of its remedies, but by the liability of the patients to be led into habitual use of a drug that has afforded them palliative relief during sickness, and the countenance thus given for the use of such drugs by the laity during health. And they may believe that as a rule poisonous substances will palliate the symptoms which they caused, or which follow their use. One of the great beauties of homeopathy lies in the fact that when correct remedies are given in accordance with the law of cure, they do not have to be given in disease-creating doses.

"Personal experience of a physician"

John Ellis, MD

These thoughts are as relevant today as in his time certainly. 

contemporary physician who practices homeopathy said...

We see disease as the disattunement of the dynamis (vital force)... which will show up in the person not merely in one locale, but may manifest in diverse manners that may not seem to be related to each other from the perspective of reductionist pathology. As such, a person presenting with... athlete's foot, gastroesophageal reflux and headache may have three diseases according to allopathic nosology; but for us, there is likely one disease of the person manifesting simultaneously in these three superficial expressions. Homeopathy address the individual case of disease as it manifests diversely in the whole person, rather than pathologically-defined diseases as things in themselves.

Will Taylor, MD

Homeopathic thought, theory and application:

Constitutional thought is the idea that an individual person has a constitutional state. This state is the sum of all expressions of the person brought together in order to spell out a state of the person at that point in time. There are many factors that come together to make a person's constitutional state. There are inherited factors, socialized factors, learned factors, factors that are consequences of previous diseases or previous injuries or previous insults. There are environmental factors and, indeed, a seemingly infinite number of factors that play a roll in the development of a person's overall condition or state. Each person's state is the result of a lifetimes worth of influences that have come together, been weaved together, to bring about a person's current state. We call this state their constitution or constitutional state. We all start this life in a state of relative balance compared to the state that we find ourselves in as adults, although, even newborn babies have influences that have already affected their state. However, as we go through life, we face challenges; whether they be mental, emotional, physiological, environmental, infectious or whatever. Each time that we are faced with a challenge to our state of balance, our body and mind try their best to overcome these challenges and this process of overcoming challenge changes our state. Sometime for the better and sometimes for the worse. At times the body cannot overcome the challenge and it must incorporate this unresolved challenge into its overall state of balance causing a compensation. Each compensation throws us just a little bit off-balance and the organism must try to rebalance given this new state of unbalance. Over a lifetime, we have so many unresolved challenges that the body, or organism, has had to compensate for that we find ourselves in a state of balanced unbalance. We become like a house of cards. The more unbalance that our body has to incorporate into its precarious state of balanced unbalance, the more precarious our health becomes. As our health becomes more precarious, more symptoms present that tell us that we are unbalanced and the organism is calling out for assistance to regain a better state of balance. In homeopathy, it is thought that symptoms are the organism's way of saying that it needs help. A way of crying out for balance. The more unbalanced the organism becomes, the more difficult it is for it to try to maintain some sort of functional pseudo-balance. In order for there to be a state of health, the organism must be assisted in deconstructing the house of cards and returning to a state of true and natural balance. The use of homeopathic remedies in a constitutional way is the best known method of unraveling this tangled mess of unbalance and then re-organizing the organism back into a state of natural healthy balance. Only then can the organism be in a state of true health.

Constitutional homeopathic application is essential for everyone and everyone should be under the care of a homeopath in order to find constitutional balance.