Homeopathy, the Gentle Art of Healing
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine introduced and developed by a German physician, Samuel Hahnemann, at the end of the 18th century. Recognizing that the whole person-mind, body, spirit-is affected when there is illness, homeopathy seeks to treat that whole person. The focus is not the diseased part or the sickness, rather the totality of the individual. Homeopathic medicines, or 'remedies', stimulate the body's self-regulating mechanisms to initiate the healing process.
When a person becomes ill, it is the whole that is sick: body, mind, spirit. The body manifests symptoms of illness but it is not the origin of the illness. Upon death, the physical body remains, but it is no longer curable. That which is curable, the 'vital force', has left the body. The origin of illness lies in an imbalance of the vital force. The symptoms expressed by the body, mind, and spirit are the manifestation of that imbalance. By matching the symptoms of illness with the appropriate homeopathic remedy, the vital force returns to balance. The symptoms disappear as the person heals themselves.
How it Works
Homeopathy is an effective, safe, gentle treatment. It is based on the principle of the "law of similars" (like cures like). Any substance that can cause a reaction when given to a healthy person can help to heal someone who is experiencing similar symptoms.
For example, the homeopathic remedy allium cepa (red onion) is used to treat hay fever like symptoms, like a runny nose and watery, burning, itchy eyes that occur with the common cold or allergies, the very same symptoms it would cause if one were cutting a red onion.
To a homeopath these symptoms are great clues in the investigation for the remedy that most closely matches YOUR symptoms.
What Will Homeopathy Help?
Homeopathy can alleviate the symptoms of a wide range of minor ailments including:
· Colds, sore throats, and coughs
· Stings, bites, and rashes
· Sciatic pains
· Muscle strains and sprains
· And more
Lise Arsenault, Hom; DCHM
Reg. No. 15419