Important Things to Know About the Way Homeopathy Works

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.

 

The Language of Symptoms

Each and every approach to health care carries assumptions related to health and disease. In conventional medicine, for example, uncomfortable symptoms are generally regarded as “bad,” and the disappearance of those symptoms is generally regarded as “good.”

In the 1970’s and 80’s, however, the well-known stress researcher Hans Selye, MD, PhD demonstrated how uncomfortable symptoms are often our attempts to restore balance. A simple example is fever–while it may feel uncomfortable, it plays a vital role in helping the immune system rid the body of infection. Yet so often we’re taught that fever is a “bad” thing, and we need to lower it “for goodness’ sake!”

In homeopathy, these uncomfortable symptoms speak the language of a broader imbalance. That is, as we describe our physical discomfort, our mental and emotional symptoms are also expressed. Mind, body, and emotions are intimately connected (and never were disconnected) making each of us “experts” in our experience–and expression–of our health problems.  

So our very unique experience and description of disease also provides the key to solving our imbalance. Nature is incredibly specific about the different dilemmas we find ourselves in–physically, mentally, and emotionally–and its homeopathic remedies are matched with our symptoms. When old survival patterns outlive their usefulness, they begin to interfere with our growth and unfoldment. And that imbalance between “survival”–vs. growth and unfoldment–creates the experience of “dis-ease.”

In homeopathy, then, disease is not “opposite” to health, but a reflection of our “exaggerated” instincts to survive. Rather than battling the symptoms arising from that process, homeopathic remedies inform us about the fuller price we’re paying. Matching remedies provoke the deep healing potentials that lie within all of us, leading to greater balance on all levels.  

Do you have chronic physical, mental, or emotional symptoms that persist in spite of conventional treatment? If so, you can call to see if your current problems are a good match for homeopathy care.

Apr 2018 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.

 

Homeopathic Remedies for Flu

Whether we’re experiencing a short-term illness or a longer term issue, in homeopathic treatment we always look for what is characteristic, unique, and specific to the individual. This is true of any type of illness, including the flu.

Let’s take a look at and compare three common homeopathic remedies for the flu.   

Gelsemium – Gelsemium covers a large percentage of ordinary, typical flu cases familiar to us all. It is used when we feel very weak, sleepy and heavy. In fact, even our head and eyelids feel heavy, and eyes can appear half-open. Sometimes our symptoms can feel temporarily better after urination. A “gelsemium” flu is usually slow in onset that gradually, over period of 8 to 10 hours, produces the feeling of intense weariness.

China officinalis was the first remedy to be proved by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (a German physician, born in 1755, who is the founder of homeopathy). It is a remedy for fluid loss, and in cases of the flu, this could mean you’re experiencing a great deal of vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, abdominal bloating, gas, and discomfort.

Eupatorium perforlatum is a remedy used when the bones themselves feel very achy. The pain of flu that should be treated with this remedy has rapid onset.  Patients often state they feel their joints are being dislocated or bones feel as if broken. Not only is it used for this type of flu, it’s also used to heal fractures of bones!

All of these remedies are readily available for anyone to purchase at most health food stores. Potency and dosing instructions can be found online.

Do you have a chronic problem that continues to bother you? Have you noticed physical, mental or emotional symptoms that are unique, that are speaking a specific language–that characterize the problem for YOU? If so, how would you describe your experience to someone else? This is the approach used in homeopathy, and after sharing your global experience, the homeopath matches your symptoms with a natural compound to start the healing process.  If you’re interested in learning more about homeopathy and whether it’s appropriate for the problem you’re experiencing, you can call the Ommani Center and ask to talk with Mr. Johnson, our homeopath for the past 16 years.

March 2018 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 our office at 262-695-5311.

 

Bruising and Arnica

Many people are familiar with the important role homeopathic remedies play in acute illness and injuries. But homeopathy can also help with longer standing problems, including mental and emotional distress. Arnica Montana is known as the mountain daisy and is the most commonly used homeopathic medicine in the world. It is typically used for physical bruising and injuries.  We carry Arnica cream at Ommani and the doctors regularly recommend its use for this purpose. But Arnica can also be used for “emotional bruising.”

Included is a short four-minute video in which, Karl Robinson, MD, describes how Arnica, helped a patient with severe emotional trauma. Dr. Robinson illustrates how Arnica helped heal the deeper emotional state.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmSWyMbaiN8

This simple history introduces this expanded use of Arnica, but also gives us an example of the wide variety of physical, mental and emotional conditions homeopathic remedies are capable of helping. If you’re interested in learning whether homeopathy is appropriate for you, you can call the Ommani Center @ 262-695-5311 and Mr. Johnson will be happy to answer more specific and personal questions you might have.

Feb 2018 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.

Homeopathic Home Use Remedies-Second in a Series

Homeopathic remedies for home use are easiest to use with injuries and first aid. They’re more difficult to use with acute (short-term, self-limited) illnesses. Their use in chronic, long-standing conditions requires formal training and experience. So most homeopathic remedy displays in health-related stores supply remedies related to the first two situations.

Last month we talked about calendula, arnica and bellis perennis for acute injuries. This month we are covering another three well-known remedies, known as the ABC  for acute illnesses – aconite, belladonna and chamomilla.

Aconite (aconitum napellus) is sometimes called “arnica for the emotions”. This is because it can be used for emotional shocks, where we’ve been frightened by situations (such as accidents) more than physically injured. It helps calm the fright, shock and “shaking nerves” after such incidents.

But aconite is also good for shocks to the body, such as being exposed to cold, dry winds, followed by the rapid development of inflammatory symptoms such as sore throats, coughs, earaches, irritated eyes, etc.  It is the best “first” remedy when these physical symptoms of inflammation (heat, pain, redness) initially appear.

Another remedy for quickly developing symptoms, especially high fevers, is belladonna. With belladonna we’ll see more flushing of the face, heat radiating from the skin, strong pulses and throbbing types of pains, and agitation.

The third is an excellent remedy for irritability, anger, and colicky type pains (those that come and go). It is chamomilla. There are many stories of children who are nearly inconsolable because of an earache, stomach pain, teething, etc.  This is a perfect example of where chamomilla helps them to quiet down and sleep.

Generally speaking, 2-3 pellets of the 6c or 30c potencies for all of these remedies, repeated according to symptom response, is a good starting point for dosing and these can be safely used for a few days, as needed.

The above information is simply a distillation of clinical experience over the past two hundred years and more. More specific information about the use of remedies in the home is available in numerous, easy to acquire, books.

Jan 2018 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care, you can reach and or schedule an appointment with David at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.

Homeopathic Home Use Remedies

 

The original idea of homeopathy, which is curing with similars, dates back to Hippocrates in the fourth century B.C. He believed there were two possible ways to cure people, by contraries or by similars. “Allopathy” has followed the way of the contraries through the centuries, while “homeopathy” has championed treating with similars. Homeopathic remedies have been scientifically tested since the latter part of the 18th century. Use of basic homeopathic remedies is something that, depending upon the need, anyone can attempt on their own.

Homeopathic remedies for home use are easiest to use with injuries and first aid. They’re more difficult to use with acute (short-term, self-limited) illnesses. Their use in chronic, long-standing conditions requires formal training and experience. So most homeopathic remedy displays in health-related stores supply remedies related to the first two situations.

The easiest homeopathic remedy to use is calendula ointment, which helps all types of wounds to heal more quickly. It’s made from a flower, and is bacteriostatic, which means bacteria doesn’t grow easily in its presence. Applied directly to the wound—scrapes, cuts, incisions, etc., calendula helps wounds to dry up and their edges to pull together with minimal if any scarring.

Arnica Montana comes from a mountain flower and is perhaps the most famous of all remedies. Usually dispensed in the form of small pellets, it dramatically speeds healing of blunt trauma (bruising) types of injuries. The next time you feel bruised and beat up, try some arnica pellets and you may end up being amazed and the swift recovery time.

An important and related remedy is Bellis perennis, which is also used for bruising injuries to soft tissues such as the breasts, or intestinal bruising and soreness after intra-abdominal surgery. “Muscle soreness in old gardeners” is another indication for this delicate soft tissue remedy.

Generally speaking, 2-3 pellets of the 6c or 30c potencies, repeated according to symptom response, is a good starting point for dosing of Arnica or Bellis, and these can be used for a few days as needed. 

The above information is simply a distillation of clinical experience over the past two hundred years (or more). More specific information about the use of remedies in the home is available in numerous books. 

Watch for my next article in January 2018:  Three common remedies for acute childhood (and adult) illnesses.

Dec. 2017 David Johnson is a Certified Classical Homeopath and sees clients of all ages and all types of chronic conditions. To learn if your condition is amenable to homeopathic care, you can reach and or schedule an appointment with David at the Ommani Center: 262-695-5311.

 

Dynamic Medicine-A Book Review

“This book is my attempt to convey to you, the reader, an understanding of the world as seen from a homeopathic perspective. My intention is to help you wrap your mind around the science, art, and mystery that is homeopathy. And believe me, while homeopathic methodology is indisputably scientific, and its practice requires an artful touch, the explanation for its remarkable power to heal remains a mystery, even to those who’ve successfully used it for years.” – Larry Malerba, DO

Dynamic Medicine: The World According to Homeopathy by Larry Malerba, DO, is a thoroughly engaging, contemporary exploration of health and disease through the eyes of a homeopath. He uses an easy-to-read, conversational style to share his journey and insights into the homeopathic profession, yet conveys a breadth and depth that few other books on homeopathy can offer.

As a homeopath and osteopathic physician, Malerba offers a unique perspective on homeopaths and patients living in a world of conventional (allopathic) medicine. His reflections provoke readers to think on their own, and in the spirit of exploration, he clearly prefers critical thinking over simple conformity with what he or any other authority might have to say. Readers can open the book to nearly any page to find new and thought-provoking observations about homeopathic practice.  

In the early chapter, Who Seeks Homeopathic Care and Why?, Malerba describes many of the reasons and conditions for which people seek homeopathic care, including disillusionment with conventional medicine. He shows how homeopaths treat each person as an individual–an individual experiencing a broad range of characteristic symptoms–and not just common symptoms limited to a particular diagnosis. The chapter Homeopathic Psychology also discusses the significance and use of psychological symptoms in homeopathic assessment.

The True Nature of Health and Healing describes the broader principles of homeopathic healing, and Malerba points out how homeopathy’s greater context for interpreting responses to treatment–improved mood, energy, sleep, etc.–is (shockingly) absent from conventional medicine. And the wide range of successes in Case Histories from his personal practice provides a glimpse into the incredible healing potentials of homeopathy. The chosen remedies for each of these vignettes are listed in the back of the book, allowing homeopaths to test their own diagnostic skills before reading the solutions.

The chapter, How We Get Sick and Why, provides a clear overview of how illness is understood and addressed in homeopathic vs conventional circles. Recognizing that most homeopaths have experienced challenges in explaining homeopathy to others, the chapter, How to Explain Homeopathy? Let Me Count the Ways, is an accessible and deep discussion of the most common theories underlying the mechanism of action of homeopathic remedies. 

The tone of this book is even-handed throughout, but Malerba has little patience for skeptics who attack homeopathy without any experience–those who are more invested in “scientism” than true scientific inquiry. And while he isn’t interested in arguing with closed minds, Common Misconceptions is an excellent point-by-point rebuttal of flawed, theoretical arguments against homeopathic practice. 

The Revolutionary Nature of Homeopathic Healing also provides a summary critique of contemporary medical practice compared to homeopathy, and Malerba paints a stark contrast between the limitations of the allopathic model, and the great potential offered through homeopathy. Finally, the Appendix of Practical Homeopathic Tips is a useful guide for those new to homeopathy, and includes suggestions on how to find a qualified homeopathic practitioner, how to continue interacting with allopathic practitioners, and how to benefit from both.

Dynamic Medicine: The World According to Homeopathy has become my favorite book to recommend for patients, indeed anyone who, regardless of experience, are interested in a deeper understanding of homeopathic/energetic medicine vs allopathic/materialistic medicine. If you’re unfamiliar with homeopathy and energetic medicine but interested in learning more, this book may well turn what you’ve always believed about health and disease on its head. And even if you’re familiar with homeopathic practice and remedies, Malerba’s deep reflections–clearly borne of experience–will stretch your personal understanding of this mysterious healing modality called homeopathy. 

“In the final analysis, I believe that the best of all medical worlds–homeopathic, allopathic, and all other holistic healing systems–must be synergistically combined in order to minister effectively to the sick and suffering. With that said, oftentimes the best and most effective first line of defense is homeopathy.” – Larry Malerba, DO

David Johnson, CCH, RSHom(NA), PA is a homeopath in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He’s also a member of the faculty at Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy at St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Schedule an appointment with him by calling our office at 262.695.5311.

Homeopathy Defined & Explained

One of the biggest challenges for homeopaths is to describe the practice to others. On the one hand, remedies for short-term injuries and acute illnesses are relatively easy to use, and on the other, remedies for longer-term problems require a great deal of training and experience. 

To complicate matters, there are different approaches to the use of remedies, and homeopathic practitioners have a wide variety of backgrounds and talents. Our culture is also continually defining–even if unwittingly–the concepts of health and disease according to conventional medicine. So it’s natural when we’re looking to understand homeopathy, our first impulse is often to “frame” the practice in terms of conventional medicine, with the idea that the remedies are more natural than prescription medicines.  Which they are…but, we need to start with the homeopathic concepts of health and disease before understanding how we solve different problems.  

When I was first introduced to homeopathic philosophy, I was working in conventional medicine as a physician assistant, and was somewhat shocked to realize I had no guiding philosophy to treatment of disease, other than to get rid of symptoms. The idea of “body-mind” connection might be an interesting idea, but it couldn’t easily be translated into practice, or direct how I might choose a prescription medicine. 

In homeopathy everything about us is a whole–a totality–in other words, body and mind are simply on a continuum of more measurable to less measurable, whereas in conventional medicine, the practice is largely limited to what is or can be measured. All else is considered “subjective”–subject to errors whose ultimate judge is the test or diagnosis. In other words, how we feel about the problem(s), how they affect us, how we describe our total experience…is all considered subjective information and not completely “true.”  

To the homeopath, however, that same subjective information is crucial to understanding your problems. Our physical, mental and emotional realms are included in the experience of stress and imbalance. A homeopath looks to understand that greater state of imbalance, regardless of whether it can be measured or not. When the questions of “what is this like” or “how does this feel” are answered, the question of “why” is usually self-evident. 

Assuming the strongest instinct is self-preservation, we can then imagine our symptoms are related to a stuck “survival” response that has outlived its usefulness. Our second greatest instinct may be growth and full self-expression, and when this latter instinct is thwarted, signs and symptoms of disease are the result.  In homeopathy, of course, we want to resolve those signs and symptoms, but we don’t do so by “killing the messenger.” We recognize that our bodies and minds are incredible and finely tuned instruments with their own profound wisdom. By using remedies to inform ourselves how we’ve gone out of balance–how we’re stuck in an old survival pattern–we provoke an inner and outer healing correction on all levels, knowing we can rely on our own innate wisdom for self-healing. 

This is the meaning of “homeo”–similar–and “pathy”–disease–instead of battling symptoms and viewing them as the enemy, we respect the body/mind’s own wisdom. Rather than coercing change upon our body, homeopathic remedies help us recognize how old stress patterns interfere with growth and unfoldment. From there, the body, mind, and emotions are quick to respond and we experience resolution of symptoms and greater freedom on all levels of being.

Interested in learning whether homeopathy is a good match for you? You can call David Johnson at the Ommani Center for no charge to discuss your health concerns. For an excellent overview of homeopathy in general, you can read the shorter book, “Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine” or the longer, “Dynamic Medicine: the World According to Homeopathy”, each of which are written by physicians. 

January 2017 David Johnson, CCH has been in full-time practice for nearly 20 years and teaches at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy, MN. Prior to his certification as a Classical Homeopath, he taught Clinical Medicine as a Physician Assistant and worked in conventional medical settings for twelve years.  Schedule your appointment at Ommani by calling 262.695.5311.

Understanding the Depth of the Homeopathic Approach

During the week of August 22, 2016 I was privileged to speak about Homeopathic Medicine to members of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, Family Practice Clinic in Madison, WI. This was my second invitation, having spoken to a previous group 2 years ago. Each time we spent 2.5 hours together and, by the end of both the previous and this year’s presentation, the questions and feedback from the physicians I was addressing gave me a renewed sense of hope for the next generation of physicians.

In the past, when I’d speak to medical students, nurses, or physician assistant students, I’d often leave feeling frustrated; disappointed that I wasn’t able to convey this very complex subject in such a short period of time. In general, I also found students to be more skeptical of homeopathy compared to practitioners who’d spent time in clinical practice.

The Integrative Medicine fellows were very sincere, humble, inquisitive, and asked great questions. As part of the talk, and to demonstrate how a homeopathic intake is done, I did an initial interview via Skype with a young woman experiencing intense anxiety. They were able to see how a homeopathic interview differs from conventional medicine–namely that the homeopathic approach seeks to understand the individual’s total experience of anxiety, rather than just using general symptoms (tight muscles, shortness of breath, increased heart rate, etc.) to arrive at the choice of a remedy.

I explained to the physicians how the homeopathic remedy would be matched with the young woman’s unique stress state. As homeopaths we need to go beyond general symptoms and understand symptoms that are specific to each individual (it’s not the pharmaceutical approach of “one drug fits all”). They witnessed how, when asked and permitted time to reflect, the young woman was able to articulate the characteristic experience of her anxiety very clearly. Her information led us to a specific remedy that fit her complete symptom picture. I was also able to point out how with a different patient with a diagnosis of anxiety, whose experience is also different, would require a different homeopathic remedy. This is the subtlety of homeopathy that most conventional medical practitioners aren’t able to use in their practices.

We also discussed how all illness is due to a state of imbalance or stress within the whole person—while a diagnosis can convey an idea quickly, it tells us about very little about the individual and their experience. The process of understanding our state of “dis-ease”—the “what is it like; how does it feel; how does it affect my day”–is the process by which the homeopathic interview reaches a deep understanding of the fuller state of imbalance, far beyond the general symptoms or communication of a diagnosis. The matched homeopathic remedy is intended to provoke a healing correction on all levels–better mood, cognition, energy, and sleep; in addition to resolution of the presenting problems.

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If you are struggling with current symptoms or a diagnosis that hasn’t been fully addressed by a conventional medical approach, consider homeopathy as an alternative approach to healing.  If you believe your body system is stuck in a chronic stress reaction, and you’re interested in learning more about homeopathy, please give me a call. At no charge, we can talk and discern whether homeopathy treatment is a fit for you, and what a treatment plan would entail. Generally speaking, homeopathy can offer help for almost all non-surgical conditions, but it’s important that the holistic process is an approach that makes sense to you.  I’m happy to explain how that process would work in your specific situation.

David Johnson, CCH has been in full time practice for the past eighteen years, and teaches at the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. Prior to his certification as a Classical Homeopath, he taught clinical medicine as a Physician Assistant and worked in conventional medicine settings for twelve years.  Schedule your appointment by calling 262.695.5311.

Hahnemann and Homeopathy

A discussion of the philosophical roots of homeopathy which Dr. Samuel Hahnemann expressed through various aphorisms in his “Organon of the Medical Art”.

Hahnemann and Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of healing developed by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). Although the concept of “like curing like” had been recognized for thousands of years, Hahnemann was the first to expand on this principle as he developed a comprehensive philosophy of health and disease. Hahnemann continued to refine and perfect his approach over a number of decades, and his “Organon of the Medical Art” was revised five times during the course of his lifetime.

Hahnemann’s first aphorism is as follows:
“The physician’s highest and only calling is to make the sick healthy, to cure, as it is called.” This aphorism, while seemingly uncontroversial, is actually a profound statement which exhorts physiciansto clarify personal motivations as they work to facilitate healing.

Hahnemann then defines true health and what it offers the individual:
“In the healthy human state, the spirit-like life force that enlivens the material organism, governs without restriction and keeps all parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, and vital operation, as regards both feelings and functions, so that our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this living,
healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our existence.”

Fundamental to homeopathic philosophy is the idea that the person’s body, mind, and emotions work as
an integrated whole. In a state of health the person is able to adapt to and rebound from intrinsic or extrinsic stresses of everyday life. However, in situations where stressors are too strong or too prolonged, the person becomes ‘stuck’ in an adaptive response and is no longer able to return to a state of relative health and balance. The adaptive response, while perhaps useful in the short-term for dealing with stress, ultimately manifests itself in physical, mental, and emotional ‘dis-ease’.

The signs and symptoms of physical disease are simply the most tangible indications of how the ‘whole person’ has become imbalanced. The full extent of disease is seen on mental and emotional levels as well. The adaptive response, recognized and defined as disease, is considered to be the ‘best effort’ of the whole person to protect against even further limitation. For example, muscle tension is a bothersome symptom for many people, but generally does not restrict one from getting through the day. Alternately, anxiety is considered a higher level of limitation which can limit a person from activities they might otherwise want to pursue.

Homeopaths consider a ‘continuum’ of health and disease in which a person can move towards greater freedom or greater limitation. This concept suggests a hierarchy of health and disease–during times of disease a person’s life may be more or less limited on physical, mental, and emotional levels. Therefore simply eliminating physical symptoms does not mean one has rid oneself of the greater imbalance or susceptibility to disease. One must also see that the person is moving in a direction of greater freedom.

In conventional medicine a physician/provider works to discern those common symptoms which lead to a particular diagnostic category (and a particular group of medicines used to treat such conditions). In contrast, a homeopath works to discern what is unique about an individual’s symptoms in order to match a specific corresponding remedy. Because each person responds to the events and challenges of life in a unique way, the homeopath carefully listens to each person to learn what is ‘characteristic’ about them and their particular complex of symptoms. Differing patterns of symptoms, reflecting the unique response of each individual to stressors, will require respectively different homeopathic remedies for treatment.

Hahnemann states:
“By adding the patient’s mental and emotional state (accurately observed by the patient’s relations and by the physician himself) to the patient’s somatic symptoms, a complete image of the disease is put together. In order to homeopathically cure the malady, a medicine must be sought which is capable of arousing aptly similar symptoms, and especially, the similar mental derangement.”

There are over 2,000 homeopathic medicines made from substances in the plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms. Each of these substances possesses its own unique potential for producing particular symptoms in healthy individuals, and for curing those same symptoms in a sick person. The expectation is that with the stimulus of a correctly chosen remedy, the system’s ‘best effort’ is matched and strengthened so completion of healing will occur.

Homeopathic remedies offer a safe, effective, and non-toxic approach to the treatment of many first-aid, acute, and chronic medical conditions. Their popularity in the U.S. has continued to increase over the past 10-20 years. It is generally easy to select a homeopathic remedy for first aid conditions, and most acute, self-limited conditions respond quickly to homeopathy as well. Long-standing conditions such as allergies, asthma, chronic headaches, eczema, menstrual complaints, attention-deficit disorder, and
mental/emotional problems are best treated by consulting a well-trained classical homeopath, as this will require an extensive interview and careful follow-up care. Homeopaths are hopeful they’ll work in increasing cooperation with conventional medical practitioners so the greatest strengths of each system can be realized.