An Introduction to Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a system of medicine founded and developed by the German physician, Samuel Hahnemann more than two centuries ago. In fact many of today’s finest American medical schools and hospitals actually originated as homeopathic colleges and hospitals. The effective use of this method of care has been well documented throughout the years and although its effects can be powerful and dramatic, homeopathy’s mode of action is gentle. In 1938 the FDA declared homeopathic remedies to be safe, and substantiated claims of their clinical effectiveness even in treating serious diseases when using practitioner-recommended remedies.
Homeopathic remedies are prepared from a wide variety of substances including plants, minerals, and animal products. Because the effectiveness of a remedy has less to do with content than with the precision of its "match" with the patient, homeopathic medicine is said to operate according to what is known as: The Law of Similars, "Let like substances treat like conditions."
Vaccinations are developed according to a similar concept. For example, a vaccination containing a small
amount of the Cowpox bacillus causes the body to develop antibodies and immunity to the similar, serious disease, Smallpox. Homeopathy expands on this idea in two ways:
1) The homeopathic "like" substance or remedy is customized to meet the specific needs of an individual in all of his/her complexity.
2) Homeopathic remedies are far more dilute (weaker in concentration) than vaccinations. It is believd the more dilute a constitutional dose of a homeopathic remedy becomes, the more "energetic," or clinically powerful it is.
The selection of a homeopathic medicine relies on a thorough understanding of patient personality including typical likes and dislikes, diet and exercisepatterns and other traits, in order offer an adult or child a well-matched constitutional remedy. When the proper prescription is delivered, its effectiveness is demonstrated not only by the elimination or alleviation of symptoms, but also at the highest levels of brain function - emotions, attitudes, and behaviors.
How To Get Started
In order to develop a homeopathic medical history an initial consultation is required. This in-depth discussion can last up to 1½ hours and may cover a wide range of topics, including your food cravings, habits, personality traits, and attitude towards the illness or symptoms being addressed.
After this evaluation, your homeopathic practitioner is able to recommend one or more homeopathic remedies, and advise you on the most effective ways of taking these remedies. Homeopathic remedies consist of extremely dilute preparations of natural substances, which are inexpensive and available without a prescription. An experienced homeopathic practitioner can help a patient find the best remedy or remedies for his/her particular symptoms and personality.
Following the initial consultation you may want to return for one or more follow-up visits to "fine tune" the use of homeopathy or address additional problems or concerns.
Homeopathy and Children
If conventional medical approaches have been ineffective in treating your child’s problems, or you are concerned about side effects of medications or other treatments, gentler, more subtly-acting medical systems such as homeopathy may be helpful. Homeopathy’s individualized approach is designed to address underlying problems contributing to your child’s symptoms or behaviors.
Homeopathy may be if your child suffers from Failure to Thrive, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Persistent Colic, Chronic Ear Infections, or Asthma.
What Conditions Can Homeopathy Help?
Homeopathy can be a gentle and safe method of treating numerous conditions including:
- Chronic Depression
- Panic and Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Unresolved Grief
- Addictive Behavior
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Persistent Nausea or Reflux
- Post-Herpetic Pain
- Chronic Eczema
(Telephone or Self-Care Support)
- Fever Control
- Insect Bites and Stings
- Bruises and Abrasions
- Allergic Reactions
- Stomach Cramps
- Colds and Sore Throats
To schedule a homeopathic evaluation and treatment session, please contact the Marino Center For Progressive Health by using the information here.
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