Homeopathy is a complete treatment system that has been around for over 200 years. Perfected over 40 years by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Germany. He proved 43 remedies which we still use today and since then over 3 thousand remedies have been added to the Materia Medica.
It is based on a concept introduced by the father of medicine, Hippocrates, around 400 AD. That concept is “like cures like”. For example, syrup of Ipecac can cause vomiting and was used in cases of poisoning to make the patient vomit. Homeopathically prepared Ipecac will reduce nauseas and stop vomiting.
The exact mechanism of action is not completely known, but it is thought to work on the subatomic, energy level rather than the cellular, molecular level like prescription, OTC, and herbal medicines. This is why the scientist and pharmaceutical experts typically discount homeopathy because their analytics reveal that there is no detectable active ingredient and it gets stronger by diluting it. From a physical, chemistry level, this does not make any sense. From a quantum physics, energy level it makes perfect sense.
In the early 1900s there were 23 homeopathic medical schools in the US. Homeopathy was the method of treatment of many of the pioneers in this country. In Europe and India homeopathy is the treatment of choice by many people including the royal family in England. In the US, homeopathy was gradually replaced by our current system of medications and surgery.
Because of the nature of how homeopathic remedies are made there are no side effects and you cannot die from the remedy. You will experience one of four possible reactions when you use the remedy that you have prepared:
1. An Improvement of Symptoms
An improvement can include some or all symptoms. An improvement of any particular symptom can be partial or total. When reporting improvements, include improvements you are seeing on the physical as well as the mental and emotional levels.
2. A Homeopathic Aggravation
A homeopathic aggravation is characterized by a temporary worsening of the symptoms that the patient has been experiencing. An aggravation is considered a good sign by most homeopaths because it means that the correct remedy, but is just may be too potent. An aggravation can be minutes or hours long.
An aggravation is typically followed by a marked improvement in at least some of the symptoms that the patient was experiencing. If the aggravation is too severe, you can antidote it by stopping the remedy and drinking some coffee.
3. “Proving” Symptoms
As part of the research process of homeopathic remedies, professionals perform what is called a “proving”. This is where a homeopathic remedy is administered to a healthy individual, and the symptoms caused by the remedy are recorded and used in the Materia Medica (the Physician Desk Reference for homeopaths) for that remedy (which is a description of the symptoms that the remedy treats). So, the symptoms that the remedy causes in a healthy individual, will treat in an individual with those symptoms or that illness.
So, if you experience a symptom you have never experienced before upon starting a new remedy, this could be a proving symptom. This is not likely to happen to you if the remedy is made from your nasal secretions. If the proving is very mild and the remedy is benefitting the patient quite a bit, stay the course for a day or two longer.
4. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada!
Yes, from time to time you could see nothing happen! Before giving up, however, consider that the effects may not “kick in” until maybe the second or third dose, if not later. Also, the potency just might not have been prescribed high enough. The remedy you will make will be a 30C potency which is considered a mild to moderate strength remedy.
The remedy can be made stronger by more dilutions and more succussion. If nothing happens, it could also be that you missed a step in making the remedy. You might consider doing it again.
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