According to the World Health Organization, Homeopathy is the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world today. So what should you know about the homeopathic method? How does it cure disease or injury?
The body, mind and emotions function as an inter-connected whole, and function to help us survive, grow and unfold. In other words, they maintain “homeostasis” in the midst of life’s stresses.
So when we’re stressed by various circumstances, the body, mind and emotions respond to stress in an interconnected and integrated way. But for that period of time, we are also experiencing a state of imbalance relative to the rest of our lives. This imbalance reveals itself via the symptoms we experience.
Under normal circumstances, our innate self-correcting, self-healing capacities would return us to a state of balance or homeostasis. This cycle, which brings us to balance, is constantly in motion.
When stresses are too strong, or too prolonged, however, we remain in the stress response, or return to it very quickly when we perceive similar stressful circumstances. At an extreme, this is called “post-traumatic stress disorder,” but even less dramatic stresses can result in imbalances in the form of chronic physical, mental or emotional complaints. For this reason, the entire body needs to be considered as a single organism and the Homeopath treats you, the individual organism, not the symptoms.
The exaggerated stress response, which could also be described as a survival response, interferes with our growth and unfoldment, and our physical, mental and emotional symptoms are the messengers informing us about our imbalances. In concert with the patient, the homeopath will attempt to decode the messages of those symptomatic messengers.
As the patient begins to describe these symptoms, they “speak” a very specific language, revealing the nature of our imbalance. That is, just as everyone responds to stress in their own specific way, our unique and “stuck” stress response also “speaks” a language specific to our greater distress. It’s the “greater distress” that gives the homeopath clues to remedies that might be helpful to the individual.
The homeopath will ask the patient questions like “what this is like for you, how does it feel, and how does it affect your day” which help reveal why the symptoms are present for us.
The basis of Homeopathy is that Nature very specifically addresses these different challenges and dilemmas, and natural homeopathic remedies help inform our body, mind and emotions about the price exacted by our chronic stress experience.
So what’s actually happening when the patient experiences symptoms or discomfort? After clearly receiving and recognizing “here is what is happening,” our system begins the process of correcting out of its imbalances. That is, just as self-preservation is a very strong instinct, growth and unfoldment are equally strong instincts.
Is the homeopathic remedy curing my chronic or emergent disease, illness or injury? A homeopathic remedy does half the job of informing, and our system does the rest in terms of self-correction and re-balancing. In other words, a well-matched remedy initiates the process of greater freedom on all levels–mental clarity, emotional balance and physical well-being.
If you’re interested in learning more about whether homeopathic care is a fitting option for you… David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages for all types of conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care or to schedule an appointment, please call Mr. Johnson at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.