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What is Classical Homeopathy?

    Homeopathy is a scientifically verified method of treatment which has as its basis the law of similars, or the idea that “like cures like.” The law of similars was first observed in the 15th century by Paracelsus (then called the “Doctrine of Signatures”), but was not put into effective medical application with concrete governing principals until 1796, by German physician Samuel Hahnemann.  Doctor Hahnemann had been translating a medical text on quinine when he noticed that the symptoms of a toxic dose of quinine looked exactly like the symptoms of malaria, which quinine is used to treat.  From this he developed his theory of homeopathy, homeo meaning “alike” (or similar) and pathos meaning “what one feels” (or pathology).  Dr. Hahnemann began to test his theory and found that toxic substances produce a very characteristic symptom picture which can be then used to determine the symptoms that a homeopathic preparation of that substance will help to cure.  In practical application this means that by using tiny doses of a carefully chosen substance we can stimulate a person’s body very specifically to heal itself from within.

    Homeopathy is not at all like chemical medications, which work on a tiny piece of body chemistry to change one particular symptom. Instead, homeopathy addresses the underlying cause of the disease and corrects the problem thus improving the health of the person as a whole.  For example; chemical medications known as “acid blockers” block hydrochloric acid production in the stomach and thus reduce symptoms of heartburn, they do not address the actual cause of the heartburn at all, they only address the symptom of burning pain.  (Please note that high stomach acid is not a “cause” of heartburn, it is a symptom of some deeper underlying problem – and not always what causes the pain!).  Homeopathic remedies, on the other hand, stimulate the body’s own healing processes to cure the problem from within, thereby treating the cause of the disease.  In the case of heartburn, the homeopathic remedy would help the body to normalize its production of hydrochloric acid and improve overall health and wellness thereby reducing symptoms.  In addition, because the doses used are so small there are no side effects and no possibilities of an “overdose.”

    For homeopathy to be effective, the remedy must match the exact symptom picture of the patient being treated.  This exact match is very important because symptoms are your body’s way of expressing problems within its system.  Symptoms can be seen as the body’s healthy reaction to some unhealthy imbalance.  For example: fever is not produced by bacterial infection, it is created by your body to help fight harmful factors.  It is the same with all symptoms.  Symptoms are simply your body’s reaction to something that it considers harmful.  Each person’s individual physiological makeup will determine the types of symptoms their body produces in response to stressors.  The body will produce symptoms in response to bacteria, viruses, mental and emotional stress, allergins and even chemicals in our environments.  The stressors are not unique, but the way our body responds to these stressors is very unique and can be the key to unlocking the disease process.  By matching the remedy to the person’s exact symptoms we are effectively treating that person’s physiology precisely.  This is an incredibly precise process and it is extremely effective in both chronic (long-term) and acute (short-term) illness.

    Homeopathic remedies are all made from natural substances, including plant, mineral, animal and even disease sources.  The doses of these substances used in homeopathic remedies are miniscule, so there is no possibility for toxicity.  Homeopathic remedies are recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and when administered by a qualified homeopath are safe for use in infants, children, adults, the elderly and even animals.

    When you see a homeopathic practitioner you can expect to have a very different experience from the typical visit to the doctor.  Because homeopathic prescribing is so individual and must be based on your symptoms exactly, the physician must gather a tremendous amount of information about your illness.  This includes when and how the illness started, what the stressors were in your life at that time, symptoms with their modalities (what makes them better, what makes them worse), your emotional state and a group of symptoms known as generals.  These general symptoms are things that you would never think to talk about in a doctors visit, things such as food cravings and environmental sensitivities, which are particular to you and can help to determine the exact homeopathic remedy which will be correct for you.  Because of the precise nature of the prescribing the more open and honest you can be with your homeopath, the better the results you can expect.  

    Homeopathy is one of the most widely used therapies in the world and some of its most notable supporters include the Royal Family of Great Britain, Mahatma Gandhi, and John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Please contact Dr. Amy Neuzil for more information or for an appointment!

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