What is a Homeopathic Remedy?
Remedies are derived from many different sources - including plants, minerals and metals. All remedies are diluted to such an extent that no trace of the original substance can be found therefore making them extremely safe to use.
They are also succussed (i.e. banged on a surface about 30 times) with each dilution to raise the energies of the substance to different potencies. The succussion imprints the energy characteristics of the original substance onto the water in which it is diluted. The combination of dilution and succussion gives Homeopathy its characteristic healing properties and unique vibrational signature.
History of Homeopathy
Homeopathy is based on the Hahnemannian principle of treating 'like with like'. Samuel Hahnemann was a German doctor who, in the 1790's, became disillusioned with the medicines of the time and started translating to earn his living instead. While working on some work by a Scottish chemist he came across the use of quinine from the bark of the cinchona tree to treat malaria. When he ate the bark himself he started to get the symptoms of malaria which went away as soon as he stopped. His conclusion was that a substance which causes a set of symptoms when taken, will heal those same symptoms in a sick person when taken in homeopathic potency. Hence the term 'like for like'.
For instance, when stung by a bee the skin becomes red, burning and swollen. Apis Mellifica, the remedy made from the bee sting, is a useful remedy to help treat any skin complaint where there is similar redness, burning and swelling and other burning pain such as cystitis and allergic reactions.
Not only is it important to match the symptoms to the remedy but also to find the correct potency. By diluting and succussing a substance several times a variety of potencies are produced. These are expressed as numbers according to how many times they have been diluted. The lower potencies relate to the physical body and the higher potencies to the mental / emotional based problems.
As in all methods of treatment, the first task in helping someone is to take a full case history. A Homeopath may ask many questions which seem to have little relevance but they are building up a picture of the patient on all levels. In the case of a child, the parents observations need to be taken into account as well as observing the facial make-up of the child, their colour, smell, nails etc.
This combination will produce a picture that can then be compared with a remedy. Each person will have their own unique set of symptoms and their causes will all be slightly different. It is this uniqueness which gives Homeopathy its strength. The root cause of the condition is explored and helped, rather than just palliating the symptoms.
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